Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This 16th-century trading lodge now contains the Museum of West African History.
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  • Eco Tour Ghana
    Greater Accra, Ghana48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slave Dungeon Experience
    Another Thrilling Experience with Eco Tour Ghana❤️. The Castle Tour was Amazing as We learnt a lot about the slavery in Africa. We also visited other attractions as well😍. The site Guide was Experienced and Contact Mr Noisty on +233 558712206❤️🇬🇭.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2023
  • Brittany D
    United States93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see for everyone
    We visited the slave "castles" (more like dungeons) on Juneteenth, and it was an experience of a lifetime. I would highly recommend making a trip here if visiting Ghana. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informed us of many details of the slave trade frequently not taught in history classes. While it did bring a mix of emotions, I was glad to have be able to see everything firsthand. For most of us, it was the highlight of our trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 June 2023
  • David B
    Delray Beach, Florida1,145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Major Slave Castle
    This is a castle site first developed by the Swedes with a log fort and finally passed down to the British who built the fort into its final form. It has slave dungeons and a gate of no return. There is an admission cost, bathrooms and exhibits.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 December 2023
  • Schhel
    Kigali, Rwanda181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sobering
    They organize 45 min guided tours on the hour. I recommend joining one to hear the history of the castle and better understand what happened there. Sobering experience. Beside the tragic history, the castle is nice to see and has great views of the nearby fishing harbour, especially from the top levels of the harbour. Great for taking in the atmosphere
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 March 2024
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Unlimited Ghana Tours
Cape Coast, Ghana3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
amazing history told with passion by an expert in heritage tourism. Professiona tourism par excellence. Congratulations
Written 27 March 2024
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Schhel
Kigali, Rwanda181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
They organize 45 min guided tours on the hour. I recommend joining one to hear the history of the castle and better understand what happened there. Sobering experience.
Beside the tragic history, the castle is nice to see and has great views of the nearby fishing harbour, especially from the top levels of the harbour. Great for taking in the atmosphere
Written 23 March 2024
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David B
Delray Beach, FL1,145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a castle site first developed by the Swedes with a log fort and finally passed down to the British who built the fort into its final form. It has slave dungeons and a gate of no return. There is an admission cost, bathrooms and exhibits.
Written 11 December 2023
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Ambassador822702
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
History of how I ended up in babylon.
Come and here the truth for yourself. School just don't cut it.
Written 18 September 2023
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Sandy S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is a hard and confronting experience, but a necessary one. There is much sadness and terror in the story of this place, but there is a resolution, powerful in its simplicity. It may seem counterintuitive to do something emotionally hard while you're on holiday, but the pain is but a fraction of what was felt by those stolen, starved, imprisoned in the worst conditions, raped and deprived of sunlight and air. There are three places where tributes of flowers can be laid - try to take natural flowers so that they can degrade naturally and, I suppose, become one with the castle.

This is not a place to take happy snaps, and if you lack melanin, just hang back, be quiet, and recognise that it is our kind who were the masters. There is a peace to be found here, but also a responsibility.
Written 10 September 2023
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Josephine W
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Very moving but informative. Stairs are a little hard for my 76 years old legs, but I did it! We must never let this mistreatment happen again!
Written 10 August 2023
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Brittany D
United States93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We visited the slave "castles" (more like dungeons) on Juneteenth, and it was an experience of a lifetime. I would highly recommend making a trip here if visiting Ghana. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informed us of many details of the slave trade frequently not taught in history classes. While it did bring a mix of emotions, I was glad to have be able to see everything firsthand. For most of us, it was the highlight of our trip.
Written 23 June 2023
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African Diary With Mark
Cape Coast, Ghana3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Great History.
The Castle was built in the year 1664 by the British.
Before that the Portuguese were the first to settle on the land In the year 1555. Later on the Swedish and fought them in the year 1655.
Written 13 May 2023
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Julie H
Boulder, CO65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The tour of the Cape Coast Castle was informative, eye-opening, and heart wrenching. I feel everyone who visits Ghana should visit and learn about what went on there. I'm not really sure why they are called "castles" when such horrific treatment of African people went on there. They should be called slave dungeons.

Make sure you have this and the Elmina Castle on your itinerary when you visit Cape Coast, Ghana!
Written 5 May 2023
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Eco Tour Ghana
Greater Accra, Ghana48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Another Thrilling Experience with Eco Tour Ghana❤️. The Castle Tour was Amazing as We learnt a lot about the slavery in Africa. We also visited other attractions as well😍. The site Guide was Experienced and Contact Mr Noisty on +233 558712206❤️🇬🇭.
Written 3 May 2023
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