Freetown attractions

Top Choice Museum in Freetown

Sierra Leone National Museum

There are two galleries inside the Sierra Leone National Museum – one housing a collection of cultural and historical artefacts, including Temne Guerrilla leader Bai Bureh's drum, clothes and sword; and another devo…
Top Choice Beach in Freetown

Lumley Beach

This wide sweep of beach has lost some of its atmosphere since the 2015 demolition of dozens of bamboo and thatch food shacks, and the numerous, ugly construction projects lining the beach road don't add to its appe…
Top Choice Museum in Freetown

National Railway Museum

You don't have to be a rail fan to enjoy this Clinetown museum, where enthusiastic staff guide you around a surprising collection of restored locomotives, including one commissioned for the Queen of England in 1961.…
Top Choice Historic Building in Freetown

State House

The State House, up on Tower Hill and overlooking the downtown area, is an example of Freetown's old Krio architecture, which features brightly washed buildings and higgledy-piggledy window frames. This building inc…
Top Choice University in Freetown

Old Fourah Bay College

Gutted by fire in 1999, only the stone shell of the Old Fourah Bay College remains, but this 1848 building is graceful even in its decay. The World Monuments Fund lists it as one of the world's 100 most-endangered h…
Church in Freetown

St John's Maroon Church

St John's Maroon Church is a squat white building with big windows built around 1820. An example of the area's Krio architecture, it was built by returned slaves from Jamaica. It's located two blocks southwest of th…
Notable Building in Freetown

Law Courts

The ornate Law Courts have been beautifully restored following considerable war damage. Located immediately east of the Cotton Tree.
Historic Site in Freetown

King's Yard Gate

The ancestors of nearly all present-day Krios passed through King's Yard Gate, atop Tower Hill in the strategic military Martello Tower, built in 1805. Now the site of Connaught Hospital, this is where the British b…
Gardens in Freetown

Cotton Tree

Freetown's most famous landmark is the fat Cotton Tree, which looms large over the buildings of central Freetown. Rumoured to be hundreds of years old, it is said to have played a key role in the city's history, whe…
Architecture in Freetown

Old Wharf Steps

The Old Wharf Steps, sometimes erroneously called the Portuguese Steps, lead up from Government Wharf. The stones were set in 1818. Many of the new arrivals brought here by the British to start a new life climbed th…