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“Best city park in Lagos”
Review of Freedom Park Lagos

Freedom Park Lagos
Ranked #4 of 37 things to do in Lagos
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a best place to come and relax right in the heart of buzzling Lagos. Great urban scenic atmosphere with gardens and an historic site of the former colonial prison. Fun to sit outside on the piazza evenings and have a drink or some food of different varieties like local flavor, Chinese or VeggieVictory - Nigeria's 1st Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurant.

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

I was here to attend a book launch in the Kongi's Harvest Gallery. I was a little early so I took a walk around the premises - I was very impressed. This is a historic site, as it was originally the Broad Street Prison, created in colonial times housing many political prisoners as well as criminal elements. Several Nigerian founding fathers were imprisoned here as they fought for independence from Britain.
The buildings have restored/refurbished and renamed. Signposts indicate the former name alongside the new name of each building. The cell blocks have been retained. It's a a bittersweet experience as you go through, thinking about the people who must have spent hours in pain here...for me, the feeling was almost tangible. The Architects are to be commended for retaining as much as possible of the original architecture. The clay brick fence has been retained as well.
The Broad Street Prison, now aptly named Freedom Square, is a social and literary hub. If you time it right, you can catch a play or some other performance going on. If you go on a Friday, you will get hot, hot peppersoup! Be sure to visit Esther's Revenge ( a bar) and ask about Esther's story. If you love history, you will be intrigued!

2  Thank sweetweet
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Downtown Lagos and the Brazilian Quarter being a rather difficult place for a leisurely stroll, Freedom Park is a welcome place to sit down and cool down without being bothered by over-friendly Lagosians. It is also one of the few places in Lagos Island where you can get a sure connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi. You can buy the connection code number from the Parking attendant at the rear entrance.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Like the fact that right in the middle of old Lagos is a park where one can hang out with family. But the environment can do with more thorough cleaning and repair. There was an acting group practicing when we visited - this provided a source of entertainment together with a walkaround the art works and reading the historical snippets attached. Otherwise it's just drinks and meals from the vendors around. Parking wasn't a problem when we went on a Saturday. You do pay a minimal gate/parkingfee.

Thank TeeHaa
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Your next stop for cultural heritage. a place to relax with foreign business colleagues and unwind from the stress of work. The drinks come at a fair price and the grills tastes awesome. Its a n old prison turned into a leisure centre and a wonderful place to be at night if you are lucky to run into a live performance. entry fee is just a small change

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