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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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I have done this time and again and will always recommend it to others for what it represents. Sad history but good for the future.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Accra, Ghana
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Accra, Ghana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have done this time and again and will always recommend it to others for what it represents. Sad history but good for the future.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle itself is interesting and there's lots to see. This review is more about the guide that gives you the tour. I'm unsure if this is the case with every guide but with ours he was decent with the information but he took us to 3 gift shops and made us look around before we continued the tour. Needless... More 

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Aberdeen, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting visit here. Tours last about half hour and are informative and there's a small museum on-site. The views of the coastline are pretty with a nice beach and many colourful fishing boats.

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Thank Jo_Aberdeen_UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

''History has tried to provide us some snapshots of what has happened outside and through the Eiimina Castle. What we know about the history is superficial, then its not equal to what we don't know from a true African contextual account of the times, especially the feeder communities and societies history. It is faint and blurred in modern times. The... More 

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Thank Abdulai S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the slave castles and found the tour to be interesting and well presented. It was an educational tour.

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Thank Mary Ann L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have toured Elmina Castle twice, both times with Richard as a guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable on the subject. I learned even more on my second visit. It is a truly humbling experience to learn about the slaver history of this castle. The castle is beautiful and affords nice views of the surrounding coastline and Elmina. Admittance is 40... More 

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Thank Pamela J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a sobering place that you must visit. As an African American with a penchant for history, physically stepping on the stones where my ancestors were lead into the trade or to their death was an experience that I simply cannot describe. Our tour guide was very thorough and extremely informative. Be prepare for a heavy experience that will... More 

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Thank LaToya G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This slave fort is a must see when visiting the central region. It is a UNESCO historic monument to remind about the terrible slave trade.

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Thank Peter Eilschow O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another haunting reminder of the ills of slave travel. Sobering experience. Excellent tour guide and picturesque Castle, if you can get over the dungeons and the history behind them.

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Thank Osamuedemen A
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I am very sad today as a historic attraction such as Elmina castle has very rude front desk staff. As a Ghanaian born and bred in Nigeria, I and my siblings tend to look more Nigerian than Ghanaian. Nevertheless, we are pure Ghanaians hailing from Elmina (Damaabodoo to be precise). So when a front desk staff doubts my nationality and... More 

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