Lagos is a city full of excitement, history, and culture. More than to enough to explore for all tastes in the Nigerian capital! Check out our guide to the top five must see attractions!
Nike Art Centre
Nike Art Centre in Lagos is an amazing place promoting Nigerian arts, culture, tradition, language and heritage. This gallery is the largest in all of West Africa, housing one the most extensive collections of African art. This four-storey site is full of contemporary and traditional Nigerian art. Everything is hand-picked by Nike Davies-Okundaye herself, who is one of the most important artists in the country.
Nike Art Centre is ranked as the best attraction in Lagos on Tripadvisor, receiving some excellent reviews:
“One of the friendliest, coolest and fun places to visit in Nigeria. I love this place and have been there many times. It is an eclectic mix of rich colorful art works, elegant carved sculptures and sophisticated batiks. You don't have to like art to visit the Nike Art Centre because it's much more than a gallery. It's a place where all types of artists and non-artists are welcome. From filmmakers to dancers to enthusiasts, just go along and wander around the four floors and enjoy the peace and serenity from the noise and chaos of Lagos.”
Lekki Conservation Centre
Visit Lekki Conservation Centre to experience a vast wetland preserved for wildlife conservation featuring vegetation forests, swamps and savannas. Here you will see monkeys, bush bucks, crocodiles, monitor lizards and a dizzying variety of birdlife among others. Walk on the elevated 1.8 km long boardwalk, where you will be rewarded with a great view of the swamp, bird habitats and a variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. At the end of this boardwalk there´s an outdoor area where families and children can relax and have a picnic.
This 78 hectare conservation centre is an initiative to protect the wildlife found in the coastal areas of southwest Nigeria from the growing urbanization. The place is popular among schools and tourists as it functions as an institution of education and a resource centre. Lekki Conservation Centre has inspired many to see, understand and support the importance of the work carried out in the field in conservation of natural resources.
Freedom Park Lagos
If you want to learn about the history of this city then make sure to visit Freedom Park. See this national memorial where the prominent Nigerians where jailed during the colonial era. This is an old prison, previously known as Old Broad Street Prison. Today, this historic landmark is a peaceful place for reflection and interaction. Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park, as well as a historic site dedicated to preserving the history and cultural heritage of the Nigerian people.
Remembering and honoring the nation’s fathers and their patriotism is an important role for this park. Their work played a crucial part in Nigeria’s independence from their colonial masters.
The park is a cultural place with events and recreational entertainment. Here you’ll find an open-air stage, an amphitheater, food courts, ponds and fountains, and historical status, to mention a few.
Black Heritage Museum
Located in Badagry, a town that is like a living museum itself, the Black Heritage Museum preserves records and artifacts from the slave route that once used to go straight through this area. Through the museum’s nine galleries you will be confronted with this condescending and cruel industry where, for more than 300 years, Africans where traded as goods to become slaves. See shackles, photos, documents, sketches and sculptures from a time where it is assumed that more than 550 000 African slaves were transferred to America during American independence in 1787. The Black Heritage Museum plays an important role in persevering African history and informing visitors about the bleak past of Lagos, a city that today is filled with an optimistic buzz.
To experience Lago’s optimistic buzz take the trip to Lekki Market, also known as Elegushi Market, on Victoria Island. This is a bustling, chaotic and fascinating place where you´ll find numerous stands with everything from African masks and paintings to Nigerian bead-work and clothing. If you are looking for souvenirs from your stay this is the place, remember to haggle though, at least if you are looking for a bargain. This is a great way to experience the life and excitement of the Nigerian capital. There are a number of other local markets dotted around the city that are also worth checking out.
Located not far from Lekki Market on Victoria Island, and other city highlights, you will find the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos. This is the ideal place to base yourself whilst exploring all that this great destination has to offer.