Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral

Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral

Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Heritage Centre therefore among other things aims at promoting tolerance, reconciliation and an inclusive society, bridging social and ethnic divides by telling the story of this dark chapter in the region’s history in an open and factual way. The creation of the Heritage Centre, and making it accessible to school children, who are the country’s future leaders, is also aimed to promote interfaith and inter-communal dialogue and understanding. Furthermore The Site is an important tourist destination, and by improving visitors’ facilities at the site and making it more informative and stimulating, the tourism industry as a whole will benefit, creating jobs and wealth, and helping to reduce poverty. The Heritage Centre among other things is also benefiting many people as it is a great opportunity to promote interfaith relations in Zanzibar.
Duration: < 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Plan your visit
The area
See what travellers are saying
  • Sharon
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sobering visit to a place where awful things happened
    A sobering experience. There is a 5 dollar entry per person and would recommend you take the guide that approaches you. We had a very knowledgeable guide called David. If you don't have a guide you won't know where to go. There was a room at the end with plenty of information about the history of slavery in the region. I read some reviews about how dirty the place is etc. I think the place gives you a good idea about the awful inhumanity of man.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • TravelingAmos
    New Jersey697 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Required Viewing
    We had some difficulty finding the place after shopping in Darajani Market. Eventually we asked a vendor who pointed us in the right direction. This place is full of some sad but vital history. After paying admission ($5/person, I think), you can hire a licensed tour guide who works for tips. Our guide was good. He explained all the aspects that did not have written explanations, and he pointed out where we would encounter stairs, for my mother who had some difficulty walking.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Kimberley S
    Miami, Florida1,163 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Significant part of the towns history
    This was one of the most significant stops on my Stonetown walking tour. I am not very keen on topics of slavery (I'm black, it distresses me) but it is a part of history. The churches are beautiful and being Sunday there were services being held. Could not go inside, however walked the grounds. Went into the section with the underground area where slaves were kept. There is some folks selling beautiful art, jewelry at the top of the stairs.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 September 2023
  • JudyOswestryUK
    Oswestry, United Kingdom252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought provoking,well displayed museum
    On arrival there is a security check and pay desk ,can’tt remember exact amount but reasonable entrance fee. A guide attached himself as usual to us,when we said we didn’t need he said was included in entrance price! He was able to direct us around in the correct order seeing the inside of the cathedral, memorial ,and cellar, then left us back at the fascinating display with explanation of history and photos, this was well presented and thought provoking. We were pleased not to be tied to a group tour as we spent far longer here than many being rushed round. This is not a museum to be missed , if you don’t do anything else on your visit to Stonetown, visit this!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
  • saltsy372
    North Port, Florida291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Slave Market
    Even though the original slave market area has been built over with a cathedral, it is an important area to visit when in Stone Town, because of the importance of the site to the establishment and continuation of the slave trade to Europe, the middle east and the Americas. The cathedral is very interesting, however it really doesn't hide what happened here and there are several exhibits, original and recreated attempting to show the inhumanity of slavery through the ages We walked from the hotel, through the maze of alleys in Stone Town, through the spice shops and market areas. It is a well worth while half day to experience and read about the horrors. You will need to dress appropriately to go into the cathedral, especially women.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 December 2023
  • Larisa M.
    Transylvania, Romania36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recommend this if you want to have a different experience but it is a sad place and very emotional.
    The Slave Market and Exibition together with the Anglican Basilica are a must if you are visiting Stone Town. The place has a very sad and touching story about the past slaves trade. Also there is a monument build in memory, which I found very emotional and sad. The place has an Anglican Christian church that you can visit as well and is very beautiful and big. Also the basement where the slaves ( men, women and children were kept before selling them away) is a place that you can visit also if you have a guide is better because he will explain how things happened. I recommend if you want to have a different experience!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 January 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles736 reviews
Excellent
352
Very good
292
Average
72
Poor
15
Terrible
5

Kelly Hayes-Raitt
Santa Monica13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Very meaningful and informative. It's all words, so be prepared to read. I did not hire a tour guide...There seemed no need to.
Written 12 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Danny
Beinsdorp, The Netherlands1,646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Cathedral Stone town is impressive due to its history .
The slave statues and cellars where slaves were kept in is really something mankind should learn from .
Written 18 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mesna I
Norway5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
A history we must not forget. The guide was very informative and we left there with more knowledge and many impressions.
Written 30 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

afonso antonio
Mozambique24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
You should not miss the old slave market,This is the heart of stone town history.i enjoyed my experience here.iam a history addict.The entrance fees was only 5usd which was very reasonable.it was very interesting to learn about the portuguese,Arabs and the locals at once.our guide suleiman +255 756 983 368 was very knowledgeable and i can say in capital letters he is a hero of history
Written 16 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Larisa M.
Transylvania, Romania36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Slave Market and Exibition together with the Anglican Basilica are a must if you are visiting Stone Town. The place has a very sad and touching story about the past slaves trade. Also there is a monument build in memory, which I found very emotional and sad. The place has an Anglican Christian church that you can visit as well and is very beautiful and big. Also the basement where the slaves ( men, women and children were kept before selling them away) is a place that you can visit also if you have a guide is better because he will explain how things happened.
I recommend if you want to have a different experience!
Written 12 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,683 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited the old slave market which was located in the place near the altar of the Anglican Cathedral. In this stunning church I thought of the sad history. It’s a shame to sell and buy humans. In the garden we saw a stone monument: some slaves with chains around their necks. Then we went to the Heritage centre and read about the past. It was really very sad, touching and poignant, I think it’s a must-see site.
Written 3 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

saltsy372
North Port, FL291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Even though the original slave market area has been built over with a cathedral, it is an important area to visit when in Stone Town, because of the importance of the site to the establishment and continuation of the slave trade to Europe, the middle east and the Americas.
The cathedral is very interesting, however it really doesn't hide what happened here and there are several exhibits, original and recreated attempting to show the inhumanity of slavery through the ages
We walked from the hotel, through the maze of alleys in Stone Town, through the spice shops and market areas.
It is a well worth while half day to experience and read about the horrors.
You will need to dress appropriately to go into the cathedral, especially women.
Written 11 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

amandime colette
Cannes, France32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
very sad place with the history of slave trade.A visit to zanzibar wont be complete without a visit to the slace market and learn alot about how slaves were treated.we spent an hour in this museum with our proffesional guide suleiman +255 756 983 368.I would recommend that you have a guide to learn the history.
Written 1 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JudyOswestryUK
Oswestry, UK252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
On arrival there is a security check and pay desk ,can’tt remember exact amount but reasonable entrance fee. A guide attached himself as usual to us,when we said we didn’t need he said was included in entrance price! He was able to direct us around in the correct order seeing the inside of the cathedral, memorial ,and cellar, then left us back at the fascinating display with explanation of history and photos, this was well presented and thought provoking. We were pleased not to be tied to a group tour as we spent far longer here than many being rushed round. This is not a museum to be missed , if you don’t do anything else on your visit to Stonetown, visit this!
Written 25 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Travellikeapolish
Poland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It is worth a visit to open your mind and it makes you think about a lot of things. Very hard to digest but you must broaden your knowledge about dark history.
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 509
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stone Town - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral



All Stone Town HotelsStone Town Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Stone Town
All things to do in Stone Town
Day Trips in Stone Town
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday homesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire