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it is a HUGE tree

I have to do some research on this as it doesn't really look like a cotton tree to me, but anyway... read more

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Moscow, Russia
It's a big tree

If you are traveling about Freetown you should take a trip by the Cotton Tree. There is a Wiki page... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Freetown, settled by freed American slaves, regards this tree as a lasting landmark of freedom.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have to do some research on this as it doesn't really look like a cotton tree to me, but anyway it is rather impressive. It is located downtown Freetown close to the National Museum and also the State House. I am impressed that it...More

Thank Africache
Reviewed 6 August 2018

If you are traveling about Freetown you should take a trip by the Cotton Tree. There is a Wiki page with plenty of history on it. There is usually quite a bit of traffic and beggars at this busy circle.

Thank njaneardude
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Our clients took us past the cotton tree and I’m so glad they did - it’s stunning. Check out all the bats hanging upside down waiting for sunset !!! As we were there during election times unfortunately a lot of election posters were up around...More

Thank MozD6
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

This tree is amazing, drive past it every on the way to work. It has been standing for 500 year and is found in centre of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. In the day it is the home base of 1000’s of bats that...More

1  Thank marta1969_04
Reviewed 26 February 2018

I was amazed by the huge amount of bats flying around the tree i have never seen anything like this before!! The cotton tree is full of history and well worth reading up about before you visit.

Thank Scarlett S
Reviewed 5 February 2018

The Cotton Tree was a landmark on the outskirts of Colony walls that ran from the sea straight up to Fort Thornton, which is now State House. The National Museum is nearby and they can give you a better history and advise you how to...More

1  Thank Harold W
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Huge, beautiful tree in center if town, but it is the story rather than the size that makes it famous and worth the view.

Thank Kendall M
Reviewed 31 December 2017

The Cotton Tree signifies freedom and a new beginning for the Nova Scotian Settlers who founded Freetown in Sierra Leone. It's a place of great history.

Thank SammyMmoja
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

A beautiful tree in the midst of downtown area chaos. It’s on a roundabout covered by huge posters and signage. It’s surrounded by pollution, motorcycles and cars. A real pity.

Thank MayaguezanaPR
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Great history around the tree and a good site to visit when you are in Freetown. It’s in the CBD and better off in the morning after rush hour as the traffic in town not too friendly. But a good place to go see

Thank Victor o
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