Gately House

Gately House in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is situated in the city of East London.

John Gately was an Irish Immigrant who became a prominent businessman, one of the founders of the municipal council and was popular enough to be elected Mayor of East London more than once. The house was built in 1876 and his family lived there until the death of his last remaining child Margaret, in 1966. The East London Museum then acquired the home and in 1973 it became a national monument.

Gately House is situated alongside the Queens Park in a beautiful garden. It has a veranda that stretches around three sides of the single storey house and is an excellent example of a modest Victorian home and is one of the only house museums to still have the majority of the original furniture pieces on display.

Things to see

  • The Palour with a walnut veneered piano
  • The Family Living Room with John Gately’s rosewood cylinder desk
  • Gately Family Bible
  • Leather button Backed Lounge Suite
  • Traditional Balloon Back Chairs
  • The Dining Room with mahogany dining table and rosewood veneered front sideboard
  • Open Fire area Kitchen
  • Main Bedroom and second Bedroom


Mondays, Closed

Tuesday to Friday, 11h00 – 13h00

Saturday and Sunday, 15h00 – 17h00

Good Friday & Christmas Day, Closed

There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated.


East London has rainfall in the summer months.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 27˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 9˚C and 22˚C.


There are Domestic flights into East London Airport on a daily basis. Hotel transfers, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.

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