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Elmina Castle

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Address: Elmina, Ghana
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+233 57 668 9142
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The European traders built and occupied many forts along the coast of Ghana...

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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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... read more

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New York City, New York
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67 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 been excellent. Somehow the intimacy of the castle makes the visit very powerful and moving.... More 

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 tour site than Cape Coast Castle.

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Belcamp, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 number. The driver who is local, myself, my daughter and my sister and we had... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
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.

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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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Jacksonville, Florida
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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 one of any ethnicity. 40 cedis to enter, tour included. Nice lil book and gift... More 

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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

I received alot of great information on this tour, we were able to stand where my ancestors stood before being shipped out of this country. A little pricey for travelers GHS40 to get in but only GHS5 for natives of Ghana. Then they take you to 3 different souvenir stores to purchase high priced items. But the experience is beautiful.

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Surrey
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Well presented and very informative guide. Make sure you see the bat cave. Shame the Ghanaians outside are spoiling the experience with their hard sell of tat. Lock your car doors and be alert and whatever you do 'don't tell them your name Pike'

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

it just takes your breath away.. Such beautiful surrounding with such horrific stories to tell.. A visit is recommended..

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