Benin, which is considered the capital of Edo State, is the best tourist destination city in Southern Nigeria. While in the city, there are several places to visit. Here below is a guide on the top places to visit in Benin City for maximum pleasure.
Where to Stay
As a visitor in the city, there are various options provided for your stay. Some of the top hotels that you can stay in include the following:
- Excalibur Benin Hotel
This is one of the best hotels in Benin City that offers tranquility for your stay. It is an affordable hotel that offers some of the best views of the city.
- Protea Hotel Select Emotan Benin City
This is also a good hotel for Benin visitors. It is a top hotel that offers visitors an amazing experience.
- BEST WESTERN Homeville Hotel
This is 4 star hotel situated in a serene environment in Benin City. The hotel offers an awesome experience and convenience to tourists due to its close proximity to the center of Benin town.
Of course there are many other city hotels within the State but the above given are among the best that visitors can stay in.
The aim of any tourist is to find the top attractions of a particular place. Being a tourist city, Benin has several tourists’ attraction sites. Here below is a list of the top 6 tourists’ attraction sites.
- Benin Markets
Among the top attraction sites are the Benin markets. There are several markets in Benin City where a tourist can have some good time with the locals. Also available are local made souvenirs that are quire affordable. Some of the best markets in Benin include the Oba Market, Agbado Market and the New Benin Market among many others. Make sure to visit at least one market before leaving this Southern State of Nigeria.
- Igun-Eronmwon Quarters
This is an artistic site that has been listed as a Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Art lovers would find this site a good place to be. Here, you can witness bronze casting done at various stages. You are also allowed to purchase any piece that you might find interesting.
- Chief Ogiamen’s House
This is a national monument located at No. 97 Sakponba Road. This is an old building that was built in 1130AD. It is the only building that survived the British expedition and subsequent siege of Nigeria.
- Benin National Museum
If you want to learn about the city’s historical and cultural development then you have the Benin National Museum as the place for you. The museum also hosts a number of antiques and bronze that were originally owned by the king of the ancient Benin Kingdom.
- The Benin Moat
This is the largest man made earthwork in the world. This is world’s wonder that can only be seen in Benin City.
- The Royal Oba’s Palace
The list of top attraction sites in Benin cannot be complete with the mention of the Royal Oba’s Palace. It is the home to the city’s crafts that dates as far back as 900 AD. It is quite a good place to view Nigerian ancient crafts.
There are many other places you can visit but the above mentioned are regarded as the top places to visit in Benin City.