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Elmina Castle

Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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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.
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Elmina, Ghana
Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a well kept castle steeped in rather disgraceful behaviour by The Dutch and Portuguese in particular. Different times but how could religious people commit such heinous crimes against humanity. The Gate of No Return is an emotional expetisne. Just gaze out to sea...More

Thank Nigel H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to the Elmina Castle with a tour group run by Transafrica, a tour group specializing in tours in West Africa. The experience was very educational, moving, and emotional. To see one of the many doors of no return and to learn how the...More

Thank Jasmine N
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful tour guide Korfi, I must say it was not easy when they tell you the happenings of that place, in some places I felt claustrophobic because when you use your imagination to try experience what it was like. As an African...More

Thank Bongekile M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elmina’s a bustling fishing town and the castle is at the far end of town. Not a lot going on but an interesting half a day wandering around. The castle is less busy than Cape Coast and fewer tourists. Still impressive and tells a horrific...More

Thank Glyn W
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Going there you will be transported in what was the hell for thousands of slaves: you may feel their cries and desperation, really impressive. Guided tour perfectly organised.

Thank Andrea438
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Very well preserved castle. The tour guides give an excellent potted history of the castle and its role in the slave trade. Avoid speaking or even making eye contact with the aggressive even menacing young men hanging around the entrance. They have a number of...More

Thank Stephen W
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful scenery from the fort, great tour guide, and the fort itself is in very good condition. It gives the visitor a clear glimpse of the living conditions of the slaves at the fort prior to being shipped around the world. If they survived the...More

Thank Linda G
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Wonderful tour with great guide, but you have to be careful, as they can be very pushy. Ask for recommendations from people who have been before. The fort itself is in pretty good shape and it is amazing to think that it has been in...More

1  Thank HerouxFamily
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

One of the saddest places you will visit. But well worth the visit. Tour guide spoke English well and was very knowledgeable. Important to learn this very sad part of Ghana history

Thank LarissaMay1969
Reviewed 17 September 2017

When you visit Cape Coast people always wonder which castle to visit: Elmina's or Cape Coast's. The first one is the oldest and the second one is the biggest. I ended up visiting Elmina's and I wasnt disappointed. Although I believed I wouldnt be disappointed...More

Thank daniel l
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Lucy T
19 September 2017|
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Response from kwabena A | Reviewed this property |
9am -5pm. There are many tour guides, so wait time is minimal. They usually look for few people to join to form a group.
Tracy A
17 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.