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Elmina Castle

Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Chilling and Important to See

This is a must see experience to really grasp the monstrosities toward the people of Africa. My... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Melanie S

This is an amazing site so rich in history. Unfortunately by the time we arrived to cape coast from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The European traders built and occupied many forts along the coast of Ghana in the 15th-17th centuries to protect their trading posts.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see experience to really grasp the monstrosities toward the people of Africa. My teenage son and 11 year old went and it was important for them to see what it was like other than what they read in their history books....More

Thank Melanie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing site so rich in history. Unfortunately by the time we arrived to cape coast from Accra I was feeling very ill with a fever, so I wasn't able to stay for the remainder of the tour and went back to the...More

1  Thank MissT90LDN
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The well-maintained fortress is 500 years old, built by Portuguese first for trading and then later slave trading. The GHC40 ticket includes a guided tour which is informative and saddening. Great learnings for those who know little about slave history like myself. Right by the...More

Thank 568stevent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A visit to Elmina is well worth the trouble. It is smaller than Cape Coast Castle and a bit off the beaten path. It therefore tends to get fewer visitors. I've taken groups to Elmina several times of the years and the guides have always...More

Thank Wanderingnewyorker
Reviewed 8 May 2017

You see the actual areas and castle in the colonial era of Ghana. Very educational and informative. I spent about 1 ~ 2 hours walking around this castle.

Thank sy450
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Plenty to see from the castle with the fishing boats retuning and over looking the town. Entrance fee includes a tour guide. It can be an emotional tour for some as it exposes you to the horror's of Slave Trading. This is a much better...More

Thank gasmandc
Reviewed 23 April 2017

I have been to this castle/dungeon about 4 times. Although I am technically from the Diaspora and my ancestors were the slaves they bought and sold I was never challenged at the entrance on whether or not I was a local. We were 3 in...More

1  Thank skpq
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Get a view on a dark chapter of human history, slavery. Elmina castle, millions of slaves were shipped from here around the world. Must visit when you are around. Good guided tour. Shocking stories.

Thank Pats911
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Interesting. Learned a lot. Good organised. Explained Well and in good English by the guide. Afterwards, drink something cheap in coconot bridge house across the Castle. Nice view on Castle and boats leaving the harbour

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

As an African American this was a MUST for me. The tour guide was very informative. I found myself crying in the middle of the tour. Cape Coast is a beautiful place with an evil past. Awesome spot for tourist and students and really any...More

3  Thank amoree
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Tracy A
Can anyone recommend a professional driver to get me to Elimina Castle from Accra? Also any recommended accommodation since I'm reading that this needs to be minimally an overnight trip? Thanks in advance!
16 June 2017|
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Response from Oyesola | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you should make it a day trip. There are a few things to do in the area. Kakum canopy walk etc. I got the bus from Accra to Elmina and used Nana 024 283 2423 for my movement all around. However if you want him... More
What are the economic advantages of elmina castle
9 September 2016|
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Response from Mawufemor | Reviewed this property |
Currently, No economic advantages. I doubt income from entrance fee can maintain for castle left alone pay salaries for employees.
entrance fee?
27 December 2015|
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Response from The_Schaefers | Reviewed this property |
40 ghc