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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The view of the castle from each direction - close as well as far - tells immediately that this is a major historical site. Imposing, somber, powerful and so sad. We learned so much and were impressed with the small museum in the old Portugues...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 70ava
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went by friends ...but I was afraid to enter ...I make it through by the help of the tour guide ..I went and learn many things ...I think you should also try to visit

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank qojonab
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing and sorrowful place. More than 100 times larger than the Masion des Esclaves on Goree Island. Look at the chapel where the traders prayed before and after their carnage. I could feel the spirits of my ancestors there.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mdwilson58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been through the castle three times, I am on a mission board that brings me in the area once a year, and I always take some of my fellow travelers to visit the slave castle on each trip and never tire of learning...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Leonard M
Reviewed 4 January 2019

This was my second visit to the castle, over 10 years after my first visit. There have been a lot of changes at the castle and it is clear that the managers have become more commercially oriented than in giving visitors a real story. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Spirodesi
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

Elmina castle is the oldest European fortification built by Portuguese in 1482! The Dutch seized the fort from the Portuguese in 1637. The Dutch were busy with slave trade till 1814. They managed to sell the fort to British in 1872. The Brits did not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shimnik
Reviewed 13 December 2018

Seeing the depth of thinking that was built into the facility to deconstruct and humiliate a human being was humbling. The experience was gut-wrenching and visceral. Everyone should visit this people export facility, to understand how a human being was deconstructed, humiliated and then exported...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank BrianR_11
Reviewed 27 November 2018

The Elmina Slave Fort is a castle built by the Portuguese as a Slave holding area before they were shipped to the Americas. Though it reminds one of the horrors humans inflict on humans, it should be visited to ensure such horrors are not repeated....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kapsb10
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

I’m studying in Cape Coast and visited Elmina Castle. Very informative guide with a lot of knowledge. A really great place to visit to learn about colonialism and slave trade in Ghana and Africa

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank annjohansson92
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Unbelievable suffering for the slaves whom were captured and brutalised here. Squeezed in a cell with many others and be faced with human mental, emotional and physical torture. Never having privacy to conduct normal human daily function and then having to sleep amongst or on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Clemy T
11 December 2018|
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Response from Shayjo | Reviewed this property |
We were on a group tour and it was part of the tour - so not sure.
2 August 2018|
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Response from Jfre70562 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Karen, The adult fee was 65 GH Cidis, child I think around half that, so equivalent to around £15 or so. Hope that helps, Jfre
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.