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Elmina Castle

Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Impactful and intense experience. Best attraction I visited in Ghana

When you visit Cape Coast people always wonder which castle to visit: Elmina's or Cape Coast's. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
daniel l
Great experience overall. Beware of the boys hovering just outside castle

This 14 century castle invokes mixed feelings. It's beautiful structure with the history of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kwabena A
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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
+233 57 668 9142
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This 14 century castle invokes mixed feelings. It's beautiful structure with the history of the Portuguese, Dutch and english and the hollering history and ills of the slave trades. Our tour guide are very professional and knowledgeable and very pleasant There were some young men...More

Thank kwabena A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited both Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle on the same day. Both were impressive and both merit a visit, but my preference was for the Elmina Castle. The Cape Coast Castle was much more crowded and the size of the tour groups much...More

Thank RichT529
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to learn about the slave history then Elmina Castle is a good place to start. There are guided tours included in the entrance fee and the guides are incredibly knowledgeable and present a very thorough view of what went down during this...More

Thank Nicolette M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The appalling history of centuries of the slave trade is crystallised at Elmina Castle. There is no substitute for standing in the dank dungeons and reflecting on the misery and barbarity perpetrated there by so many guilty individuals, institutions and states down the years on...More

Thank Jake R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my 3rd time to this castle of horrors. I took my to sons and mother this time. It's a very emotional visit but very informative. A piece history that everyone should know and be exposed to. Don't be surprised to see tears and/or...More

Thank Travis K
Reviewed 13 August 2017

i went there with some friends this weekend and place is very historical ,dont have much to say but our tour guide was excellent,confidence and knowledgeable about what he was telling us .

Thank Emmanuel A
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We got an impressive tour of the Elmina Castle. We had a good guide who showed us the dungeons where the male and female slaves were held in the time of The Portugese and Dutch slave traders. We showed us the one way direction in...More

Thank Jan v
Reviewed 7 August 2017

My heart felt so heavvy listening to the description of what happened during the centuries in this place full of slaves waiting to be transferred by ship to South and North america. I would say something like visiting Auschwitz, just to give an idea. Another...More

Thank pachijal
Reviewed 25 July 2017

We visited here with our two kids (ages 6 and 9) and friends (a family of 4) in July 2017. We had already gone to Cape Castle in the morning and this was our last stop of the day. At one point we had considered...More

Thank Toronto31
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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.