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Frere Hall
Fatima Jinnah Rd, Saddar Civil Lines, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan
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Ah
Review №1

Frere Hall is actually an ancient church building which has been converted into a library and art gallery with a beautiful big garden around all four directions under the local government. The garden is suitable for families. Theres a portion reserved for book sellers and also a portion is for families only. Place is nice for relaxation. Its open for public free of charge.

Ta
Review №2

This is one of the oldest building completed in 1965. A very good and famous spot for photography.Currently all tiktokers have taken over the building.

Az
Review №3

Frere hall it is oldest building but still renovations work going on in Art library upstairs in ground floor public library also teen comes n enjoy as a dating site

No
Review №4

Its an old building from 18 century and a huge park nearby open for public. Its a beautiful historic place. Visit recommended with family. Better brings some snacks and enjoy in park with family.

Az
Review №5

Beautiful Building. Very well preserved in the heart of Karachi. Very Serene place. Lush green gardens all around

Fa
Review №6

Very lucrative and mesmerized structure. It gives you a feeling of peace and serenity. Well surrounded by garden. Requires attention from the local administration for its cleanliness and further beautification.

Ha
Review №7

This is nice place for fresh air and photography.. for a free public place it was still clean and spots to sit as well.further, it has a library with old books collection and art gallery..place deserve a visit

Ir
Review №8

Frere Hall is a building in Karachi city that dates from the early British colonial era in Sindh. Completed in 1865, Frere Hall was originally intended to serve as Karachi town hall, and now serves as an exhibition space and library. Construction started August 1863. Opening time 9am to 5pm. Grass was normal. You can visit with your family also. On Sunday there are a lot of Tiktoker making their videos in this place. Its also a good and peaceful place for Book reading.

Na
Review №9

Park is amazing but most people forget that there is an amazing Library there. It isnt peaceful only but free too. There is no charges for registration. There are Free CSS guidance classes too. Thanks to DG Park and Horticulture, and Commissioner Karachi for their interest in the project.

Mu
Review №10

One of the best local spot/monument present in the city. Easy access to everyone. Have a park around the building. Been there many times and it’s an amazing place to be if you’re specially into knowing history.

Ka
Review №11

Place is Historical and very Beautiful But Faculty is Abusive and have bad language , a worker there Got in to Fight with us, He said dont take Pics here with Dslr camera , i said him i came from Islamabad , Place is Awesome

A.
Review №12

Its an amazing historical building with great architecture.Park and horticulture is also a great sight there.

Im
Review №13

Its a big air breathing space in acres in between the sky rises tall buildings, who some how barear the cool breezes. Centering the Karachi city it is a place to walk out, have fun get together, a historical building in its median to attract the outsiders. I really love this place and am happy with the security arrangements there.

Se
Review №14

Gorgeous place! The park and the building both! Perfect place to sit, walk and enjoy

PA
Review №15

Good place, heaven for tiktokers and good place for photoshoot aswell.. overall positive... needs good maintenance tough...

Mu
Review №16

An old unkempt place. Deserves a lot of maintenance. Houses a library on the ground floor and an art gallery on the first floor. The garden around is scenic with a chaiwala around the corner at the entrance.

Sa
Review №17

Frere Hall is a must see! Its a combination of museum, art, and history. Exhibits change and its a great learning experience. The iconic site needs more upkeeping. When you walk through the exhibit hall, look up to see an unfinished master piece (Ill spare the details for your visit).

Ha
Review №18

It was good place but the building need mantainance and renovation

Si
Review №19

Its an open place where you can sit on grass or use sitting chairs.Beauty & individuality of this place is its open boundary. Which you can visit any time.There is library inside the main building which opens for a limited time.People usually came here for photo shoots & Tik tokers use this place for better location.You can have an open session using this park. For big events you have to take permissions from the KMC. This actually look more beautiful in night when this building appears in the dark.

Sa
Review №20

Visited the place on sunday. Remained unable to go inside. However, outside gardens are beautiful. Place is quite crowded so.... you have to be careful and do self precautions for masks and sanitizers. No guidelines available for covid. Every third person here is tik tokker and making videos. The ratio of families, children and females is slightly less. Another chance to visit early morning showed that this place is quite peaceful. It has Sadaqain art gallery and a library which are temperoraily closed due to maintence work in progress till mid dec 2020. However, to get a feeĺ the outside area is still worth exploring.

Fu
Review №21

Over all it was a good park, but recently it is swarmed with wanna be models and Tik Tokers. Book stall on Sundays to buy used books is now the best highlight of this once fascinating park.

Re
Review №22

Winters evening at Frere hall. Peace

GU
Review №23

Everyone is Happy and friendly here also Clean environment and i love it If you are feeling bore check this place you Ill love.i am sure.

Qa
Review №24

A very beautiful and historical place in karachi.many of people daily visit it.

Qa
Review №25

Rated five stars for the vintage beauty but library is not there anymore its used as an event place now

Ja
Review №26

Very well kept building. Has photo exhibition inside, the ceiling is painted amazingly. Downstairs an old library not used much with old dusty books.

Ni
Review №27

Visited it for the first time today for the protest. Seems a good place with historical building. It was a clean place with walking space and parking space. Benches bhi hain.

ja
Review №28

Frere Hall, one of the most iconic buildings in Karachi was built in British Colonial era. It was built in honor of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, a British national who is known for promoting economic development in Sindh and also remembered for making the Sindhi Language compulsory in the province instead of PersianFrere Hall is still open for public as a library for all. But unfortunately, the building seems to have now become just another prison for the books since no one comes to the library with the purpose of reading.Even before one enters the Frere Hall, one can witness a number of students in their uniforms with their bags and notebooks talking outside the library, giving a sense that they are doing some schoolwork.But, these students are not here for the love of the books, instead most of them were found bunking their schools and colleges.

Ma
Review №29

Nice place for an outing with friends and families. Also good for daily exercise

Al
Review №30

Sunday 26 July 2020: The road which leads to this historical site is by itself so exciting as goes up to the beach.The well maintained green lawn and the impressive building hall in the background was more beautified by the lovely cloudy weather. Kids enjoyed some kicks on the soft football. I did my social job of picking up trash by uncivilized Pakistanis who had ravaged the whole Saturday night here. Also humbly requested some youth to join and they replied in affirmative.

Ko
Review №31

Artistic scenes brings you the joy of 80s live.

Ya
Review №32

It is ok but at night there is low lighting and at the day it is the karachi tiktok land

Pa
Review №33

A very good place for spend some time of weekend evening

Ta
Review №34

One of the best building in khi

Ta
Review №35

Its super app thank you so much ️

As
Review №36

A lovely Sunday morning well spent with friends.

qu
Review №37

This is a historical place and there is trenqulity thats why I love and like it.

Mu
Review №38

Such parks must be established more and more often.Calm and cool atmosphere.

Mu
Review №39

This beautiful park is ruined by people. People throw away garbage in park instead of bin.

ab
Review №40

Lush green gardens. I enjoy my sundays here with cup of tea from the hawker

So
Review №41

A really nice historical building, lots of very old trees, green areas. Maintained, but not very well.Sunday evening is too crowded for the family.Sunday morning is a good idea.

Af
Review №42

Frere Hall is a building in Karachi, Pakistan. Frere Hall was originally intended to serve as Karachis town hall, and now serves as an exhibition space and library.The building was intended to serve as Karachis town hall, and was designed by Henry Saint Clair Wilkins, after having been chosen from among 12 possible choices.The buildings land was purchased at a cost of 2,000 British Indian rupees,[1] which had been donated by WP Andrew of the Scinde Railway, and Sir Frederick Arthur Bartholomew. The total cost of the Hall was about 180,000 rupees, out of which the Government contributed 10,000 rupees, while the rest was paid for by Karachi municipality.Work commenced in August 1863, and completed in October 1865, though work on the building had not been entirely completed by the time of its inauguration.

Gh
Review №43

One of the architectural icon that reminds the time of British Raj. Colonial features and embellishment embarks the pure statement and craftsmanship. Lush and heavy landscape around building has a very scenic view and framed the icon gracefully. Unfortunately, building seems to deteriorate due to lack or you can say absence of management. Government must take serious measure to preserve this once glorified edifice.

Na
Review №44

Yup! pleasant place for some free time with family.

Ja
Review №45

Best place for evening walk and family entertainment i really love it

Di
Review №46

Frere Hall (Urdu: فریئر ہال‎) is a building in Karachi, Pakistan that dates from the early British colonial-era in Sindh. Completed in 1865, Frere Hall was originally intended to serve as Karachis town hall,and now serves as an exhibition space and library.Frere Hall is located in central Karachis colonial-era Saddar Town, in the Civil Lines neighbourhood that is home to several consulates.The Hall is located between Abdullah Haroon Road (formerly Victoria Road) and Fatima Jinnah Road (formerly Bonus Road). It lies adjacent to the colonial-era Sind Club. The building was intended to serve as Karachis town hall, and was designed by Henry Saint Clair Wilkins, after having been chosen from among 12 possible choices.The buildings land was purchased at a cost of 2,000 British Indian rupees, which had been donated by WP Andrew of the Scinde Railway, and Sir Frederick Arthur Bartholomew.The total cost of the Hall was about 180,000 rupees, out of which the Government contributed 10,000 rupees, while the rest was paid for by Karachi municipality.Work commenced in August 1863, and completed in October 1865,though work on the building had not been entirely completed by the time of its inauguration.In 1877 at Frere Hall, the first attempt was made to form a consistent set of rules of badminton. Following the death of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere in 1884, the building was renamed in his honour. Frere was a British administrator who was known for promoting economic development in Sindh, as well as for making the Sindhi Language the language of administration in Sindh, rather than the Persian language which had been favoured by the Mughals.Following the independence of Pakistan, the halls library was renamed as Liaquat National Library. The library is one of Karachis largest, and houses a collection of more than 70,000 books, including rare and hand-written manuscripts.The halls ceilings were decorated by the world-renowned Pakistani artist Sadequain in the 1980s, with one mural remaining incomplete after his death in 1987. Several other works by Sadequain are found in the hall, and form what is known as the Galerie Sadequain.The hall was closed periodically between 2002 and 2011 due to numerous attempted terrorist attack on the nearby US consulate, and was not reopened permanently until 2011 when the consulate was relocated to a site further away.[citation needed] It is now directly administered by the Karachi Municipal Corporation, and hosts several festivals.

M
Review №47

A place that is well maintained... Its a place building of britain era

La
Review №48

It was a great opportunity and pleasure to see so many peoples with their families here during Coronavirus pandemic partial lock down.

Sa
Review №49

Very good place to spend some time......

Ma
Review №50

Very though provoking about architecture and a place for peaceful and relaxing walk .

Dr
Review №51

Iconic building in Karachi made during British rule over the subcontinent. It was erected in October 1865, and was built to serve as town hall for the city. However it’s now used as library and exhibition space.The open space veranda is also used for official services and dinners.The building is surrounded by lawns and gardens that make it refreshing for the visitors.

V
Review №52

Frere Hall is nice place to hang out and make videos and stuff. It should be more cleaned and should have more security but other than that its better than most public parks.

MU
Review №53

This is the only place where i spend some time without any cost ,this place is for all the classes living here in karachi ,no entry fees , nothing ...

Ra
Review №54

Beautiful recreational historical public place

Sa
Review №55

It fits just right here : old is goldEsp sunday book stall is mandatory to visit.

Al
Review №56

As always it is the best place for refreshing yourself, serene and calm best evening walks can be enjoyed

Ha
Review №57

A great place to visit early morning for a walk, on Sundays for book fair and evening time on weekdays. I wouldnt suggest weekend evenings if u r planning to take ur family with you as it gets a lot busier...

Ry
Review №58

Its an awesome place for Passing the Time and enjoy There is no any restrictions just enjoyable place️

Ab
Review №59

Frere Hall (Urdu: فریئر ہال‎) is a building in Karachi, Pakistan that dates from the early British colonial-era in Sindh. Completed in 1865, Frere Hall was originally intended to serve as Karachis town hall and now serves as an exhibition space and library.Frere Hallفریئر ہالFrere Hall, KarachiGeneral informationTypeBuilt originally as a town hall and library, currently used as an exhibition hall, event space, and libraryLocationCivil LinesKarachiPakistan SindhConstruction started August 1863 Completed10 October

Wa
Review №60

Frere Hall (Urdu: فریئر ہال‎) is a building in Karachi, Pakistan that dates from the early British colonial-era in Sindh. Completed in 1865, Frere Hall was originally intended to serve as Karachis town hall,[1] and now serves as an exhibition space and library.Frere Hall houses a number of stone busts, including that of King Edward VII, which was a gift from local Parsi philanthropist Seth Edulji Dinshaw.[4] Frere Hall also houses oil paintings by Sir Charles Pritchard, who was a former Commissioner of Sindh.As of 2018, Frere Hall is still open for public and it is also one of the most important places for tourism not only because of the buildings notable architecture, but also for its association with British rule in sub-continent.

Ab
Review №61

Ambiance 10/10Fun and recreation 10/10Seating availability 8/10Overall experience 9/10

Ba
Review №62

Close to our Avari Towers Hotel , a visit to Frere Hall gave a window into the grandeur of it colonial past. An elegant flight of steps to the entrance and a fine internal staircase provided opportunities for those who came to dance to see and be seen. Lovely windows frame the views. Today the interior is tired looking but houses a vibrant art exhibition. We think the hour or so spent here was worthwhile as much for the current exhibition as for the evocation of bygone times.The flights of steps and the internal stairs might be challenging for people with mobility concerns.

Al
Review №63

It was nice place for photoshot.

M.
Review №64

Old memories fantastic days awesome for photography

Sy
Review №65

Lovely calming park... among few survived in karachi

Dr
Review №66

Its a historical and heritage side of sindh. Thanks to British rulers who made this piece of Art.Really Wonderful place where one can sit and spend a peaceful time.Its a best place for book readers and Art lovers.

Po
Review №67

Nice place to relish your time with friends and family

Aw
Review №68

Normal local park for rest and frere hall open sometimes in a week may be currently closed due to Corona virus.

Am
Review №69

Great second hand book stalls, every Sunday ..the park its self Is a nice place to sit and have a chat

Ze
Review №70

Even though some benches are broken and need renovation but this place is a must visit

On
Review №71

Best place for tiktok and short videos.

Mi
Review №72

Closed gallery... Just a dating point... Old history but no guide available here... Maintance is in progress

M.
Review №73

Nice and beautiful green part and historical art gallery.

Qa
Review №74

Too rushy, dirty, no cleanliness but building is well maintained and worth seeing

Sa
Review №75

Frere Hall  is a building in Karachi, Pakistan that dates from the early British colonial-era in Sindh. Completed in 1865, Frere Hall was originally intended to serve as Karachis town hall, and now serves as an exhibition space and library. The buildings land was purchased at a cost of 2,000 British Indian rupees, which had been donated by WP Andrew of the Scinde Railway, and Sir Frederick Arthur Bartholomew. The total cost of the Hall was about 180,000 rupees, out of which the Government contributed 10,000 rupees, while the rest was paid for by Karachi municipality.Work commenced in August 1863, and completed in October 1865, though work on the building had not been entirely completed by the time of its inauguration.

Ad
Review №76

Good place for relaxation but at night, in the evening you find bunch of tiktokers.

Mu
Review №77

The only problem in this park is that there is no lightning, the place is so dark that people can enjoy this place in day time only i.e. before the sunset. There is no washroom and no proper food stall.

Ha
Review №78

A city hall built during the British Raj. It features a ceiling painted be Sadequain.On Sundays, there is a book fair. Apart from there various events are organized here.

Ar
Review №79

Been there a few times !A very beautiful place !Magnificent architecture !Takes you back to British Karachi !

th
Review №80

Frere Hall is the best and peaceful place to study...And the recent act of KMC that they organized secceions on CSS councling is very appreciable...

Ba
Review №81

Beautiful building with a little park around it. Especially great on Sundays to observe the local youth taking pictures and videos. Weekly bookmarket on Sunday

Bi
Review №82

Frere hall is the iconic ancient building which was constructed in early British era in sub continent. it was constructed in the time period of two years from 1863 to 1865 and was being used as a town hall. now it is being used as an exhibition center and art gallery. The ceiling of Frere Hall features mural paintings by famous Pakistani painter Sadequain and hall also consists of famous art pieces and paintings of him. building has the Venetian-Gothic style with the blends of British architecture and local architectural elements. it is also a famous tourism and picnic spot for citizens and tourists.

Mi
Review №83

Nice place but Govt. Need to do something the people outside ... Tiktokers are create drama outside

RO
Review №84

Very good.veri nice. Lovely people️️️️

Th
Review №85

One of the great Architectural designed building by British Government. It has huge park where people enjoy walk and spend their time to get relaxation. The building has library and art exhibition area.

So
Review №86

Was a beautiful loOk AndHave a great Park

Fa
Review №87

A fantastic place for photography, kids playing in open and natural area, for small picnic with family and to have a deep breath.

It
Review №88

A very historic monument and is well kept and restored

Ha
Review №89

Frer hall is an historical landmark. It was built in 1865 and provides a pleasing view. Now, it requires proper renovation.

Ar
Review №90

I loved it when I was younger. I love it still.A plus for readers! You could visit on sundays, theres a book stall where you could find rare, old and new books. Heaps and heaps...Other than that, the fact that the place is still well preserved feels good. Its a good place to just sit and eat popcorn.

Ja
Review №91

A Good entertainment for Youngsters as well as for adults

Ka
Review №92

My Memories are attached with this Frere Hall Park, My school is there , at that time no body likes that Park place and Now the Park is Known as For Tiktokers.Instagram - kazafi.narejoTiktok- kazafinarejoYoutube - Kazafi Narejo

Ya
Review №93

Iconic building of British era I think 154+ years old building in Karachi. I love this place.

Fa
Review №94

PARK FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDSFrere Hall is located in central Karachi Saddar Town, in the Civil Lines neighborhood that is home to several consulates. The Hall is located between Abdullah Haroon Road and Fatima Jinnah Road. It lies adjacent to the Sindh Club.Frere Hall was built in the Venetian-Gothic style that also blends elements of British architecture with local architectural elements. Carving on the walls and beautifully articulated mosaic designs are visible on multiple walls and pillars.The building is built primarily out of local yellow-toned limestone, with stone details formed from white stone, Red and grey sandstone is also used in the building.There i a Huge Library, the halls library was renamed as Liaquat National Library. The library is one of Karachis largest, and has a collection of more than 70,000 books.The halls ceilings were decorated by the world-renowned Pakistani artist Sadequain , Several works by Sadequain are found in the hall, and form what is known as the Gallery Sadequain.The Hall is surrounded by two lawns named as Bagh-e-Jinnah, or Jinnah Gardens.Frere Hall is open for public and it is also one of the most important places for tourism not only because of the buildings notable architecture, but also for its association with British rule in sub-continent.

Ha
Review №95

Public was Gud.. but as usual frm years 20urs back still no lights after magrib, its totally unbearable to Sit...

wa
Review №96

The maintenance is worst.

As
Review №97

Went cycling with a group of our society!Was fun!

As
Review №98

This place used to be beautiful not sure about nowadays

Al
Review №99

The park and outside areas are very well maintained but the inside is an entirely different story. It seems as if nothing has been properly cleared out in ages and some parts of the structure are in a sad state, a testament to the lack of interest by the authorities.The library is old and seems as if it stopped receiving care ages ago; it looks as if it hasnt been renovated or cleaned out since its conception. The books are incredibly old and worn and have a thick layer of dust on themThe art gallery is much better, but not something one would write home about.

Pe
Review №100

Best open air place .. enjoy iftar... greerny...visit this place must in evening ... enjoy summer time oo.. best walk track... take food from home enjoy a family party... atmosphere is too good

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  • Address:Fatima Jinnah Rd, Saddar Civil Lines, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Phone:+92 21 99204325
Categories
  • Tourist attraction
  • Historical landmark
Working hours
  • Monday:9AM–5PM
  • Tuesday:9AM–5PM
  • Wednesday:9AM–5PM
  • Thursday:9AM–5PM
  • Friday:9AM–5PM
  • Saturday:9AM–5PM
  • Sunday:Closed
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
Amenities
  • Good for kids:Yes
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