Elmina Castle
Elmina Castle
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jonathan B
Eccles, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A well preserved fort/castle that has passed through Portuguese, Dutch and British hands over the years. A place where you can learn about some of the terrible injustices of Empire and the slave trade. Not an easy visit but a necessary and worthwhile one that teaches us the importance of history and the lessons we need to learn. The guides are knowledgable and informative.
Written 24 February 2024
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Lauryn O
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I visited Elmina Castle with my class on a school trip we discovered where the transatlantic inhuman slave trade began. Different stands and uses of the castle according to the owners and operators since the 15th. Century: Portuguese, Dutch, Danish and British colonialisms Although this is a very educational visit, it is at the same time a very sad and emotional experience.  While the tour guide explained the slave trade, the unimaginable brutality and the incredible cruelty, we listened with tears in our eyes.  we learned a lot during this visit and I recommend visiting the castle if you are in Ghana 🇬🇭
Written 15 February 2024
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Robert H
Philadelphia, PA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Pay a visit Elmina Castle if you’re in the area.

The first European structure in sub-Saharan Africa, Elmina Castle towers over the Gulf of Guinea’s blue waters on one side and the bustling fishing village on the other. When the Portuguese erected this fortress in 1482, they built it to last. 540 years later the battlements stand strong and the hardwood floors and rafters are worn smooth with the passage of time.

Spend an hour or two walking freely about the bastions and interior spaces. The sea breezes and commanding views provide ample incentive for reflective pauses. There’s even a small restaurant in the northeast corner where visitors can take refreshments and watch the townspeople’s fishing boats venturing to and fro.

I traveled to Elmina castle with a local and we didn’t pay an entrance fee or hire a guide, but guides were standing ready to provide a tour. If visitors do some light reading prior to arrival, it’s quite a nice experience to do alone, at your own pace.

My only regret is that the government of Ghana doesn’t put a little more funding towards the maintenance of the window fittings and other small aspects of the building. Elmina Castle is a monument to engineering and exploration, as well as a testament to man’s cruelty during the colonial period.
Written 23 December 2023
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Sherif A
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Emotional visit while one gets to know where the unhuman transatlantic slaves‘ trade started. Different settlememts and usages for castle according to owiner and operators since the 15th. Century: Portoguise, Dutsch, Danes and Britisch colonialisms.
Written 10 September 2023
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romadaro
Washington DC, DC1,583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Our tour guide, Kwame, could not have been any better in describing the events of that period. He was extremely knowledgeable, genuine and well versed in describing the cruelty dished out to the slaves, as well as their families. This is definitely a must see attraction, along with the Slave River Park which brings the story full circle.
Written 5 April 2023
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redbaron813
amsterdam99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Although being a very educative tour, it is a very sad experience at the same time. As the tour guide explained the slave trade, the unimaginable brutality and the incredible cruelty, many visitors listened with tears in their eyes. Raises a lot of responsibility questions.
There are a lot of people outside of the castle who offer uninvited services, souvenirs, and they are very difficult to shake off. If you do not want to donate money (consider it as a charity) you`d better ignoring them
Written 28 February 2023
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kahralahra
London, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I visited Elmina Castle with a large group earlier on this January. Our Guide's name was Martin and he was absolutely excellent. He gave a comprehensive history and context of the castle and the times when it would have been inhabited. He was really knowledgable and answered all our questions with sensitivity. The tour and content was just enough and perfectly timed given the heat. There is a rate for Ghanian's and one for tourists both of which are affordable. I would highly recommend!
Written 31 January 2023
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Anne S
Leeds, UK570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We visited as part of our tour from a cruise ship. It was a fascinating place and the facts were not "sugar-coated". Even with just a group of tourists in the dungeons you could feel how hot and oppressive they were and helped bring to life how bad the conditions must have been when there were very many more slaves being held there for weeks or months. We will never forget the Door of No Return.
Written 31 January 2023
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David W
Surrey, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
There were 5 of us in the group and the cost of entry & tour totalled £11.96 converted to £ which I thought wasn't bad at all. A warning to everyone, as soon as you arrive in the castle parking area you're pounced on by the street sellers! It's quite unnerving especially if you have senior citizens within the group. They were like leeches & hounds. Note: don't give them your name when they ask, I worked out that what they'll do is get a shell from the sea which is of course free. Write a welcome note on the shell and charge you the earth for it claiming the money which can be accepted in Dollars or sterling will be donated to a local school? they even had badges on lanyards, not sure stipulating what though! probably a discount card of some sort? I was surprised they didn't have high visibility bibs on to give it the full official effect!. This all happens when you're on the tour of course. I'll come back to this afterwards.

The tour guide started, they tried to pack as many visitors into the group which I felt lessoned the experience as I had questions, lots! well, if I'm travelling this far I want to know things as well. Personally I felt the tour was rushed because there was always another group behind us ready to enter the areas of the castle.

The stories were horrendous, makes me think the English can't be the worst slave traders as the castle was ruled by the Dutch & the Portuguese and after by the English. The slave quarters were a sight to see, I'm not surprised the ruler of the castle died young, what with the diseases going around back then. Imagine being a slave and being a sex slave to the ruler? unimaginable.

There were a lot of places to buy souvenirs but pricy in my opinion, especially the books. I think I'll read about it online. Watch out for the steep stairs, not very disability friendly but then again, the country hasn't moved pace with other countries in the world and there's no rush for it. If you've seen the roads, so called footways and general infrastructure you'll know what I mean.

After the tour was over we walked around and I thought to myself "Why don't they give this place a lick of paint and do a little bit of maintenance? it was falling apart especially with the salt in the air. The washrooms weren't clearly signed, I thought we'd had to use the corner until we saw a sign on top of some stairs. You could tell a place by it's toilets and it wasn't great but what alternative was there?.

Exiting the draw bridge we were mobbed by the leeches and hounds, it was terrible. The castle car park should be out of bounds to these things. It got so bad it caused arguments in the group as one of the senior citizens were hounded so much he was confused about how much to give so he just whipped out £10 but they jumped on him and wanted more. We had to detach him from the mob and usher him into the vehicle for his own safety. I did give them £5 but then they came out with all the teary eyed puppy dog stories of "I need to feed my family" "my children needs to go to school" "Brexit, Covid, War in Ukraine!" hey, the Tories are always using that line so I'll jump on the band wagon whilst I still can!.

What these leeches will do is thrust a form in front of you showing amounts of previous donations from previous visitors, obviously high amounts to persuade you to part with money. When I handed over £5 the cheeky leech said "you should double it, it'll help the children". Yeah right, more like help him. I told him where to go and it was all that I had but he still badgered me until I closed the car door on his face, he continued through the window. It was one of the worst experiences on my travels, nothing in comparison to the street sellers, they're tame in comparison to these blood suckers.

I doubt Elmina Castle's management team will take any notice. Going by the state of the buildings the things outside are the least of there worries, it's just about getting as many through the door as possible.

One time thing for me, I wouldn't dream of entering the car park if you paid me. Only way to get around this is be dropped at the entrance of the castle by the draw bridge. If security woke up and did their job probably they'll keep the leeches & hounds from trespassing & vastly improving the experience otherwise, a thumbs down from me but the tour was educational and an interesting insight into the tragic things that happened behind these walls.
Written 23 December 2022
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marigold c
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Business
This tour was educative, and very smooth Mr Fred the guide did an amazing work by explaining the history of the Castle so well, I highly recommend you also check out this historic site
Written 14 December 2022
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