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Elmina Castle

Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Impressionable and a must to know the history

This is a a must to remind on the terrible history and the legacies to avoid a repetition . The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Informative and moving

Elmina castle is exactly what you'd expect it to be. If you are in the area you really must go. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“slave trade” (64 reviews)
“cape coast” (37 reviews)
“tour guide” (22 reviews)
Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a a must to remind on the terrible history and the legacies to avoid a repetition . The ghosts are still roaming , embedded in the rooms of the castle. The guide provides an informative tour (circa an hour) and I cannot see...More

Thank jmb20002015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elmina castle is exactly what you'd expect it to be. If you are in the area you really must go. We also visited the Cape Coast castle. They are similar but different enough to warrant a visit to both. Especially as our guides at the...More

Thank Dom682014
Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole reason for going to El Mina/Cape Coast was to visit the slave forts. Tour both forts. The stories are essentially the same but hearing it twice is worth it.

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 6 June 2017 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 28 May 2017 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 23 May 2017 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
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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
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.
28 December 2015|
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Response from The_Schaefers | Reviewed this property |
40 ghc