Booking a Tour

Would you like to take a guided tour of Newtown? Trained site guides are available to take you on a walking trail through one of Joburg’s most fascinating heritage and cultural precincts.

As you walk through the precinct, you will imbibe the energy and passion for the arts that make Newtown so vibrant and unique.

There are two options of either a one hour tour or a three hour tour.

The one hour tour of Newtown starts in the Market Theatre parking area and our site guide navigates Newtown moving from heritage marker to heritage marker, telling the story of the birth of Newtown, Kippies, Potato Sheds and Railway Sidings, Market Theatre, Museum Africa and Mary Fitzgerald Square. Next stop is the Electrical Precinct with covers the story of Johannesburg’s first power stations and includes the Electric Workshop, Turbine Hall, SAB World of Beer, and the Workers’ Museum. The Transport Precinct is next and covers the city’s transport history, as well as Newtown’s cultural organisations which are situated within this area of Newtown, and include Dance Factory, Moving into Dance, Bassline, Market Photo Workshop, Artist Proof Studio, and Market Lab. There is no time on the short tour to enter buildings.

The three hour tour covers the same buildings and venues but visitors are giving the opportunity to visit the Market Theatre, Museum Africa, the Workers’ Museum and Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. An optional extra on request is a look inside the majestic and exquisitely restored Turbine Hall.

Phone 011 336 9190 to book a tour with Zodwa Nako or Anne-Katrin Bicher.

Commercial rates

Short tour (approx 1 hour)
R250 for groups of 1 to 3 and R80 per additional person (up to 10)
Long tour (entering venues; approx 3 hours)
R450 for groups of 1 to 3 and R120 per additional person (up to 10)

Non-commercial rates including schools, NGOs and unions

Short tour (approx 1 hour) R250 per group (up to 30 in a group)
Long tour (approx 3 hours) R450 per group (up to 30 in a group)

Did You Know?

Did you know that two Edwardian toilets with the finest set of urinals in Johannesburg could be found on Mary Fitzgerald square? These were demolished in the late 1980s.