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A harrowing insight into the shame of the past.

This cannot be described as an enjoyable day out by any means, it is a stark and harrowing place to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chard, United Kingdom

Elmina Castle is a well preserved heritage monument. The stench in the dungeon alone makes you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greater Accra, Ghana
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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.
Elmina, Ghana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cannot be described as an enjoyable day out by any means, it is a stark and harrowing place to be, and shows just what barbarians the human race can produce. The guide we had was very knowledgable, and posed searching questions as well as...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Elmina Castle is a well preserved heritage monument. The stench in the dungeon alone makes you feel how our forefathers were treated during slavery. Unforgettable experience

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle is huge and you go on a guided tour. There are occasional stops at small shops within the castle. You see the beautiful scenery of the ocean views and you duck under the small doorways that people sold into slavery were trapped in....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Elmina Castle in Ghana's Cape Coast region was built as a fort by the Portuguese in 1482, and is the oldest building in sub-Saharan Africa. Now a World Heritage Site, the Portuguese and then Dutch imprisoned hundreds of thousands of slaves before they were shipped...More

1  Thank TaraTurk1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see for your visit to Ghana. 550 year old castle that for several hundred years held 1,000 slaves at a time chained in dungeons before they were loaded onto ships bound for North America and the Caribbean. The...More

1  Thank ChicoRanMan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Elmina castle was one of the largest castles used to camp slaves during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade era. Our tour guide took us to some of the dungeons where the slaves were kept and to the tiny exit each slave went through to the ships...More

2  Thank AdwoaAsantewaa
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We took a 2.5 hour drive from Accra to visit the castles. Our guide was very knowledgeable and covered many aspects of the castle. The tour started with a visit to the museum. We had ample time to check out the museum on our own...More

1  Thank pskewUSA
Reviewed 20 May 2018

Visiting the Elmina and Cape Coast Castles is an essential experience, especially for those (like myself) who live in countries based on a history of enslavement. Our guide, Martin, was excellent and did a wonderful and thorough job explaining the cruel history of this place....More

1  Thank Lindsey W
Reviewed 10 May 2018

This was the third slave stockade I have visited and nothing can prepare you for the emotions which can erupt for the ancestors of stolen Africans. It is a glimpse into our past...to see an actual "Door of no return". The doors where my ancestors...More

2  Thank Aisha M
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Of the several fortified trading posts along the coast of Ghana, which today belong to the UNESCO World Heritage, only the three biggest ones are called castles: Christiansborg of mainly Danish origin in Osu, Accra (not open to the public, since it gets used by...More

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Laetitia F
15 June 2018|
Response from saronic | Reviewed this property |
When there in March I just had to pay the regular entrance fee and was not charged anything for the camera, which I could use freely.
Lulu T
18 September 2017|
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Response from kwabena A | Reviewed this property |
9am -5pm. There are many tour guides, so wait time is minimal. They usually look for few people to join to form a group.
Tracy A
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