Ibadan is the capital and most populous city of Oyo State, in Nigeria. Often known as Brown roof city, it is the third-largest city by population in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano. Renowned for its cultural heritage, stunning natural scenery, and distinctive attractions, Ibadan provides affordable places for individuals in search of festive experiences.
As the festive season approaches, many are eager to embark on memorable experiences without breaking the bank.
If you are in Ibadan with a budget under 3,000 Naira, no need to worry! below are the list of affordable places to explore in the lively city, allowing you to enjoy the festive season without overspending.
The only location for boat cruise in Ibadan, Eleyele waterside river, is known for its beautiful scenery and lush vegetation. It is located in Ibadan North-west, Eleyele, Oyo state. With N2,500 as entrance fee, you can enjoy a wonderful trip to see pleasant places around the river.
Historically, Agodi Gardens formerly called Agodi Zoological and Botanical Gardens was created in 1967. The garden was destroyed by the Ogunpa flood disaster in 1980 as most of the animals were swept away by the raging water. The garden was renovated in 2012 by the Oyo State Government, and was reopened in 2014.
It is located on Secretariat Road, Mokola Hill; it is a serene oasis with lush greenery, a good picnic spot. The attraction occupies 150 acres of land.
Agodi Gardens has a Lake, a mini zoo, swimming pool/water park, a children’s park amongst other facilities.
It’s a perfect place to relax and unwind without straining your waller with the gate of N500. To gain access into the swimming pool, the ticket is priced N500.
Ilaji resorts, owned by Dotun Sanusi, is located in Oloyo Village Off Ona-Ara Local Government Secretariat, Akanran, Ibadan.
There’s a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. You’ll find a business center on site. Event space at this hotel measures 1033 square feet (96 square meters) and includes conference space. A terrace, barbecue grills, and a garden are also featured at Ilaji Hotel and Sport Resort. Free self parking is available. This 3-star Akanran hotel is smoke free. You can gain access to the resort with entrance fee of N1,500.
Bowers tower (Oke Layipo)
Bower’s Tower, a historic landmark in Ibadan, is a 60-foot structure erected in 1936 to honor Captain Robert Lister Bower, the first British resident in Nigeria. Appointed by Queen Elizabeth in 1893 to resolve conflicts among Yoruba kingdoms, the tower stands atop “Oke Are” hill, offering a breathtaking 360-degree view of the landscape. The N1,000 entrance fee allows you see the city’s beauty from above.
You can spot a number of landmarks like the University College Hospital (UCH), University of Ibadan, Cocoa House, Dugbe Market, Agodi Gardens and lots more.
University of Ibadan (U.I) zoo
In 1963, the University of Ibadan in Nigeria placed advertisements in the UK national press and other outlets to find an individual to oversee its growing zoo. Back then, the zoo was a component of the University’s Department of Zoology, established around 1948, concurrently with the founding of the University itself.
Experience a wildlife adventure at the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden. The entrance fee is N500, allowing you to observe various animal species, ranging from lion to rabbit.
National museum of unity, Ibadan
The Ibadan National Museum of Unity is an ethnographic museum in Ibadan, Nigeria. The museum is dedicated to the culture of the different ethnic groups of Nigeria.
The museum was established in 4th April 2022 and it located in Ibadan southwest, Oyo state.
The museum grounds are situated within a charming grove of trees, creating a peaceful atmosphere. The architecture is also intriguing, featuring a sequence of hexagonal interconnected sections that may not be immediately evident from ground level.
It is one of the cheapest exciting places to visit in Ibadan with 250 (for adults) and 100 (for children).
Mapo Hall, colonial-style Ibadan City Hall on top of Mapo Hill in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. It is one of the oldest part of Ibadan city and it was commissioned during the colonial era by Captain Ross in 1929.
It’s a terrific site to learn about the city’s history and view some of its most famous structures. You can explore the premises and learn about its significance for free.
The Irefin Palace is yet another treasure chest of ancient Yoruba history and wonder in Ibadan. Located in the nucleus of the city, the busy Beere market, this structure still stands today with imposing grace since 1910.
This palace was the official former residence of the Olubadan of Ibadan, the city’s traditional ruler. It is a beautiful and historic building that is well worth a visit. Explore its architecture and history for free.
Exploring these enjoyable destinations in Ibadan is both practical and highly fulfilling. With tranquil gardens, historical landmarks, cultural attractions, and natural wonders, the city provides a diverse array of experiences.
Cocoa house, which was built from proceeds of agricultural commodities (e.g., Cocoa, Rubber, Timber) of the then Western State of Nigeria.
Cocoa House, was completed in July 1964 and commissioned in July 1965 (58 years). At a height of 105 metres, it was the first skyscraper in West Africa and was, from 1965 to 1979, the tallest building in Nigeria.
It is located in Dugbe, a major commercial area in Ibadan, Oyo State, and has 26-storey building, which was proposed by Obafemi Awolowo.
It houses ancient Odua Museum and Hall of Fame, which is located at the 24th floor of Cocoa house. You can experience the beautiful scenery with just N500.
Tunde Odunlade Arts and Culture Connexions, Ibadan.
Tunde Odunlade arts and culture is located in No 2, Ladoke Akintola street, Aare Ave, Bodija, Ibadan. With N500, you can explore the ancient art pieces.