Marshalltown Half-Tour

Duration: 2pm - 3:30pm (1.5 hrs)

Location: Marshalltown

Tickets

R 250.00

SAT - SUN ONLY (or by appointment!)

Meet:

Town Treasure -
110 Fox Street, Johannesburg, 2107.

No Prior Experience Required -

All our tours start with a lesson for beginners and first-timers...All skill levels welcome!


Use smooth roads in Marshalltown to learn about the skateboarding culture, history and (future) of the city!

SAT - SUN (or by appointment!)

  • We begin at the city's best "hidden gem" aptly called "Town Treasure" - named after two legends and "future urbanists" of the inner city!
  • Experience the traditional home of skateboarding in the inner city (LBGs) for yourself and learn about skateboarding culture in "Joburg"!
  • Skate between some of the city's oldest buildings - some built before 1935 and still in excellent condition!
  • Visit the oldest bar in Johannesburg - Guild Hall (Est. 1888) - and learn about it's interesting beginnings!
  • Try and spot the lighthouse in the city...YES, Johannesburg has a light house!
  • Fun way to learn about the history and origins of Johannesburg (a.k.a "Joburg/Jozi") and how it came to be the "melting pot" it is today!

No open-toe shoes or sandals - please ensure you wear closed, comfortable shoes

Photos allowed on the tour - unless otherwise specified

No food or water provided on the tour - clients may bring or purchase their own refreshments

Advised to bring water and sunscreen - especially during warmer months (SEP - MAR)

All children under 18 years old must be accompanied by at least one (1) adult for the whole tour

Please make sure to let us know beforehand if you plan on bringing u18s on the tour!

Most importantly - HAVE FUN!

City Skate Tours - Skating down Fox Street

The tour kicks off at the amazing Charlie and Gerald’s Town Treasure (formerly Thunder Walker) which is located just behind Gandhi Square (named after Mahatma Gandhi) in Marshalltown.

Once everyone is signed in, all guests receive a fun and exciting lesson on how to skateboard i.e. how to stand, turn, stop and push on a skateboard – it’s one of the best parts of the tour!

After the lesson, we skate down Fox Street taking in all Marshalltown has to offer i.e. old beautiful Victorian and Edwardian buildings, historical sites like Mandela and Tambo’s former law offices (Chancellor House), Johannesburg’s first-ever “Chinatown” etc. before ending at Mad Giant Brewery (currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions).

At the end of the tour, guests can either take a leisurely walk back with us to the starting point at Town Treasure OR take an Uber back home from the end point…the choice is yours!

Let’s Skate and Explore the city Together!

Town Treasure (Somerset House Building)

A 1906 Edwardian building - initially home to the United Building Society - now home to Town Treasure in it's underground floor.
A real throwback to the city's early days!

Gandhi Square

Named after controversial activist Mahatma Gandhi - its the city's main bus terminal.

A statue of Gandhi stands in the square as a reminder of his old law offices in the area.

Library Gardens (Beyers Naude Square)

One of the city's first market squares - its also the traditional home of skateboarding in the inner city.

It's knows as LBGs (el-bee-gees) amongst the local skaters!

Chancellor House

The old law offices of Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo.

Dating back to 1952, these days it acts as an outdoor walking museum detailing Mandela's journey from law into politics.

Chinatown

The first and original Chinatown of Johannesburg where the first immigrants from China settled in the late 1800s and early 1900s!

Some original shops still stand to this day!

Meeting Point:

Town Treasures -
110 Fox Street
Johannesburg
2000

There is street parking available at the meeting point outside Town Treasures -
car guards are available to look after your vehicle but done so at your own risk!

We encourage customers to use Ubers to and from this tour as street parking spots are not always guaranteed.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Is there parking available?

Yes, there is street parking available at the meeting point of the tour – however, it is used entirely at your own risk and we encourage you to rather use Ubers to and from the tour.

Are children allowed?

Yes, children (u18) are allowed on the tour BUT THEY MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian/adult for the full duration of the tour!

Please make sure to let us know beforehand, if you plan on bringing children on the tour.

Although we skate on the roads and pavement while on tour, we exercise a very high level of  caution to ensure the safety of all clients – please keep this in mind when thinking about bringing children (u18) on the tour.

What should I bring with me?

You should bring closed, comfortable shoes for the tour as it will make it easier for you to balance on the skateboards.

In the warmer months of the year we recommend that you bring a cap, sunscreen and some water as it can get quite hot – during the colder months, bring warm clothing.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

Although South Africa has pretty amazing weather for most of the year, the tour may be stopped or cancelled if it rains continuously – guests may choose to take the tour on another date or be partially refunded depending on when the tour is stopped or cancelled.

We encourage guests to check the weather conditions prior to coming on the tour.

Still have questions?   Visit our FAQ page to submit your own

"I’ve done this tour twice already and I’ll do it again anytime my friends from overseas are visiting me. It’s a fun way to discover Joburg’s CBD + Ayanda is the best teacher and can make anyone feel comfortable on a skateboard."

May - Johannesburg, South Africa

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