We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown

Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Mkunazini Road, Tanzania
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 78 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
A black spot in human history

We visited the Old Slave Market in Stonetown and it's overwhelming. Not by the things you see, but by thinking how we mankind have been able to do such things.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Komator
,
Barcelona, Spain
Add Photo Write a Review

78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Bucharest
Level Contributor
112 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

You pay 5$ entry per person (or slightly less in schillings) just to go into a building where you have an inner court of about 30 square meters, and a small dark room at the basement of maybe 20 square meters all in all, where the slaves were kept. And that's it. Literally nothing to see. But they offer you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We visited the Old Slave Market in Stonetown and it's overwhelming. Not by the things you see, but by thinking how we mankind have been able to do such things.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle WA
Level Contributor
22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Hard to see but important to understand the history. The somewhat recent sculptural art installation was, for me, really the centerpiece. It was well executed and moving. Doesn't take long and not expensive relatively.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cape Town
Level Contributor
40 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We stayed at the St Monicas Hostel which is situated on the slave market site. For residents at the hostel their is no charge for visiting the site. Their are guides who will appraise you of the history of the slave trade and the activities which took place at the site. The hostel is built on top of the salve... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very sad and important part of the islands history. Not a long visit but worth it. Renovations are currently being done on the church which is good to see.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Detroit
Level Contributor
120 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

There isn't tons to see here, but what is here is pretty weighty. It's a difficult reality to face, but I'm glad I was able to see it. I strongly recommend securing a guide to take you through this property.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gothenburg, Sweden
Level Contributor
173 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We visited the old slave market as part of a half day city tour in Stonetown. I think you need a good guide to get the most out of the experience. Our guide gave a lot of background history as well as anecdotes pertaining to the general history of Zanzibar. The cathedral is under renovation at the moment but we... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
84 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The place where there used to be a legal slave market until 1873 - a short guide will teach you the details on how slaves were brought to the market, kept over the night or for a couple of days till the market day, how they were tested for endurance and how they were taken overseas to the Arab world.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
97 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Unfortunately, the interior of the cathedral is currently under construction, However, seeing how they are renovating it is a sight in itself. The slave chambers are horrifying and very sobering.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were very keen to visit and learn about the former slave market and happily paid the fee in TS, paying in US dollars was about twice as much. Our guide took us past a t-shirt/souvenir stand and down to an underground cellar where the slaves had been put before being sold. We were given very basic information, which we... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown also viewed

 
Stone Town, Zanzibar City
 

Been to Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?