lagos travel guide

Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, sprawls inland from the Gulf of Guinea across Lagos Lagoon. Victoria Island, the financial center of the metropolis, is known for its beach resorts, boutiques and nightlife. To the north, Lagos Island is home to the National Museum Lagos, displaying cultural artifacts and craftworks. Nearby is Freedom Park, once a colonial-era prison and now a major venue for concerts and public events.

Beaches line the Lekki Peninsula running east from the city, while inland, the Lekki Conservation Centre offers wildlife and trails. The National Gallery of Modern Art shares a building with the National Arts Theatre, and showcases works by Nigerian artists. Local arts and crafts can be found at colorful Lekki Market, and at private galleries across the city. North of the center, the life of Lagos musician Fela Kuti is celebrated at the Kalakuta Museum. To the west, the town of Badagry contains sites and museums documenting the town’s history as a slave port, including the Badagry Heritage Museum.

LAGOS TOP SIGHTS: Lagos Island,Bar Beach, Lagos,Nigerian National Museum,,Omenka Gallery,Lekki Conservation Centre,Dreamworld Africana,Balogun Market, Freedom Park.

  • LAGOS ISLAND

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Lagos Island (Isale Eko) is the principal and central local government area in Lagos, Lagos State. It is part of the Lagos Division. As of the preliminary 2006 Nigerian census, the LGA had a population of 209,437 in an area of 8.7 km². The LGA only covers the western half of Lagos Island; the eastern half is under the jurisdiction of the LGA of Eti-Osa.

Lying in Lagos Lagoon, a large protected harbour on the coast of Africa, the island was home to the Yoruba fishing village of Eko, which grew into the modern city of Lagos. The city has now spread out to cover the neighbouring islands as well as the adjoining mainland.

 

Lagos Island is connected to the mainland by three large bridges which cross Lagos Lagoon to the district of Ebute Metta. It is also linked to the neighbouring island of Ikoyi and to Victoria Island. The Lagos harbour district of Apapa faces the western side of the island. Forming the main commercial district of Lagos, Lagos Island plays host to the main government buildings, shops and offices. The Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals as well as the Central Mosque are located here.

 

Historically, Lagos Island (Isale Eko) was home to the Brazilian Quarter of Lagos where the majority of the slave trade returnees from Brazil settled. Many families lived on Broad Street in the Marina.

 

Most Nigerian banks’ head offices are located on Lagos Island. First Bank of Nigeria is one of the Nigerian banks with its head office in Marina, Lagos Island. Another bank that has its head office situated in Lagos Island is United Bank for Africa (UBA). Other medium and large-scale businesses such as real estate consultancy firms, electrical appliances manufacturers and retail stores are based in Marina, Lagos Island.

 

  • BAR BEACH, LAGOS

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The Bar Beach was a beach on the Atlantic Ocean along the shorelines of Lagos and situated at Victoria Island.[1][2] It is the most popular beach in Nigeria.

  • Nigerian National Museum

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Nigerian National Museum is a national museum of Nigeria, located in the city of Lagos. The museum has a notable collection of Nigerian art, including pieces of statuary and carvings and archaeological and ethnographic exhibits

The museum was founded in 1957 by the English archaeologist Kenneth Murray.[3][4] It also has educated many Nigerians, Englishmen, and tourists on the history and culture of the country Nigeria.

Address: Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria
Opened: 1957
Hours:

Monday 9:30AM–3:30PM
Tuesday 9:30AM–3:30PM
Wednesday 9:30AM–3:30PM
Thursday 9:30AM–3:30PM
Friday 9:30AM–3:30PM
Saturday 9:30AM–3:30PM
Sunday

(Eid al-Fitr)
Closed

  • Omenka Gallery

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Omenka Gallery is a Nigerian contemporary art gallery, which represents Nigerian and international artists at its exhibition space in Lagos. Omenka Gallery was founded in Lagos in 2003 by Nigerian artist,curator and art administrator Oliver Enwonwu. Enwonwu’s father, Ben Enwonwu, (1917-1994) was one of Nigeria’s leading, 20th-century, modernist artists
Address: 24, modupe alakija crescent, 300001, Lagos, Nigeria
Hours:

Monday 9AM–7PM
Tuesday 9AM–7PM
Wednesday 9AM–7PM
Thursday 9AM–7PM
Friday 9AM–7PM
Saturday 10AM–7PM
Sunday

(Eid al-Fitr)
Closed
  • Dreamworld Africana

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Dreamworld Africana is an Amusement and Theme Park situated in Lekki, Lagos State. Established in 2010, Dreamworld covers an area of 10 acres and re-opened to the public in 2013. The park is one of the main amusement parks in the city.

The park provides many attractions to keep its visitors excited. The attractions include wet and dry facilities, bumper cars, carousal, roller coaster, trains, merry go-rounds, toddler play areas and many others.

Address: Km14 epe expressway, first turning to the right after second toll gate opposite eleganza house lekki, Lekki, Nigeria
Opened: 2010
Area: 10 acres
Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–7PM
Wednesday 10AM–7PM
Thursday 10AM–7PM
Friday 10AM–7PM
Saturday 10AM–7PM
Sunday

(Eid al-Fitr)
10AM–7PM

Hours might differ

  • Lekki Conservation Centre

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Lekki Conservation Centre is a 78-hectare Natural Resource Conservation in Lekki, Lagos State.
Address: Lekki Conservation Centre Rd, Lekki Penninsula II, Lekki Peninsula, Nigeria
Area: 193 acres
Hours:

Monday 8:30AM–5PM
Tuesday 8:30AM–5PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–5PM
Thursday 8:30AM–5PM
Friday 8:30AM–5PM
Saturday 8:30AM–5PM
Sunday

(Eid al-Fitr)
8:30AM–5PM

Hours might differ

 

  • Freedom Park

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Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park area in the middle of downtown Lagos in Lagos Island, Nigeria which was formerly Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prison. It was designed by the Architect Theo Lawson.
Address: Mobolaji Bank Anthony St, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Hours:

Monday 11AM–11PM
Tuesday 11AM–11PM
Wednesday 11AM–11PM
Thursday 11AM–11PM
Friday 11AM–11PM
Saturday 11AM–11PM
Sunday

(Eid al-Fitr)
2–11PM

Hours might differ

 

  • Balogun Market

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Balogun Market is a market located on Lagos Island in Lagos State. The market has no particular address because it sprawls across so many streets on the island. Balogun market is recognized as the best place to buy fabrics, shoes and all sorts of wears.

Address: Bankole St, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Hours:

Monday 7AM–7PM
Tuesday 7AM–7PM
Wednesday 7AM–7PM
Thursday 7AM–7PM
Friday 7AM–7PM
Saturday 7AM–7PM
Sunday

(Eid al-Fitr)
7AM–7PM

Hours might differ
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