|Freetown is gaining in popularity as a tourist destination as it has the tourism infrastructure to go with it. There are plenty of nice hotels, restaurants and even some nightlife here to enjoy, along with a good selection of shops.
Freetownís Historic Attractions
Both freed British slaves and American slaves were sent to Freetown to start their new lives, and it was a group known as the Nova Scotia Settlers who are credited with establishing the new colony that was originally called Settler Town in 1792. This remains the oldest part of Freetown today. The best known landmark isnít actually a building but a tree! The Cotton Tree is believed to be the same cotton tree that was standing here in on the day the settlers first arrived, when they walked up to the tree and held a service to give thanks for arriving safely, so itís associated with the founding of Freetown.
Historical buildings include the St Johnís Maroon Church, built in 1820, and St Georgeís Cathedral which was completed just a few years later in 1828. Another religious landmark is the Foulah Town Mosque.
Museums in Freetown
Freetown has a couple of museums that you might like to visit for more insight into the history of the city. The National Railway Museum is home to a special train coach built for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in 1961, while the Sierra Leone Museum looks at the culture and history of the country.
Beaches in Freetown
Freetown has some lovely beaches which youíll find are quieter than those in neighbouring countries. The beachs are becoming more popular though, as more and more tourists discover what Freetown has to offer, but youíll find plenty of space and serenity on them right now!
Lumley Beach is the main city beach, and this one is developed, but quieter ones can be found a little further out from the city centre. Lakka Beach, No. 2 River Beach and Toke Beach are very good.