Kenilworth

Oldest horse racing course in South Africa

History of Kenilworth

  • Province: Western Cape
  • Coordinates: 33.9948° S, 18.4729° E
  • Area 3.46 km2
  • Municipality: City of Cape TownEarly days in Kenilworth 
  • Early days in Kenilworth 

During the time that Lord Charles Somerset was governor of the Cape Colony ( between 1814 and 1824) he lived on a farm in Kenilworth.

The Kenilworth racecourse was established in 1882 and the railway station was built at this time. Kenilworth became a sought-after suburb in which to live and several large homes were built in the area.

A little-known fact is that the racecourse was used as a prisoner-of-war camp during the Second Anglo-Boer war

The postcode in Kenilworth is 7780

Things to see and do in Kenilworth:

  • Kenilworth Racecourse. The oldest racecourse in the country was established in 1882, Grade 1 horse races are held at Kenilworth throughout the year.
  • The Cape Town Met:  First held in 1883, Initially known as the Metropolitan Mile, the race originally was over the mile distance. The distance increased to 1800m in 1915.
  • Take a short walking tour compiled by learners at the Cedar House prep school
  • Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation area.

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Useful Numbers in Kenilworth

  • Police:  Claremont-021 799 1300
  • Traffic department: Hillstar Traffic Department-0860 103 089
  • Fire:  Wynberg 021 444 9623
  • `Water:0860 103 089
  •  Electricity:0860 103 089
  • Ambulance:10177
  • Post office;021 762 4483
  • Library:Claremont-021 673 206
  • Closest hospital/clinic; Medicross Kenilworth · 021 683 5867
  • Pharmacy; 021 673 2060
  • SPCA: 021 700 4140
  • Schools 
  • Michel Oak Waldorf school  021 797 9728 
  •  Cedar House 021 762 0649 
  • Cedar House Preparatory School 021 762 0649   
  •  Girl’s and Boy’s Town Kenilworth  021 671 0788 
  •   Auburn House School  021 787 7872   
  •    Voortrekker High School 021 762 4268                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     [/vc_column_text]
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