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“great historical importance” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast, Ghana
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Cape Coast
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: This 16th-century trading lodge now contains the Museum of West African History.
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“great historical importance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

absolutely must go here.Just an unreal experience of history and the people affected by it. makes you think and vow to never let it happen to anyone again. allow time to take the tour and meditate. bring a chair and sit. I actually went a few years ago , but can't put that date in.

Visited March 2012
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“History revisited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Worth the trip to appreciate what these souls 500 years ago endured. I was annoyed we had to pay to take photos

Visited February 2013
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“A once in a lifetime experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Cape Coast Castle is a fantastic thing to do in Ghana. The tour is very complete and gives you an excellent impression about the slave trade and life in those times within the castle.

The cost for a foreigner was 42 Cedis for 2 people + 1 camera.

We did this as a day-trip from Accra combined with Elmina Castle and lunch at Hans Bottel Cottage. The whole day took 12 hours and we had plenty of time at each stop.

The museum, which I believe is either new or refurbished, is excellent and informative. At first I didn't even want to go in but I'm glad I did.

There is a lot of hastle outside the fort; more than any place else in Ghana (except maybe Elmina Castle). They would not let our car leave. Then insisted I take their shell (which I refused half a dozen times) then when I finally put my fingers around it they demanded money and then demanded their shell back. It was horrible.

The guide was very very good but I got a feeling of being a bit of a burden on the staff. First they said we would have a private tour since we were there just the two of us but first a "mandatory" 20 minutes in the museum. While we were in the museum a large group of Americans came in and really ruined the atmosphere. When those americans tromped out a man came and said we "had to go now" for our tour (it had not nearly been 20 minutes) and lumped us in with the americans. We said we weren't with the Americans but it did not matter. There were so many people in the tour that it was hard to see all that the guide was showing us or take our photos or consider the seriousness of the story being told.

I think they charge enough that they could treat their guests with more respect and less like they are just trying to get you in and out with the least trouble possible to them.

Visited January 2013
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“Cape Coast Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The museum helps place things in perspective. It gives you a sequence of displays charting origin and mechanism of the slave trade, the scale of the resultant diasporas, and the aftermath in the hands of inspirational black leaders such as Macus Garvey and Martin Luther King. It is advisable to take a guided tour to help interpret what you see. In the dungeon you will see the stone walls still marked by the desperate scratchings of those imprisoned within them.

Visited May 2012
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Besides Kakum national forest the visit to Cape Coast and the castle was the highlight of our trip to Ghana. The castle is well kept and the guided tour is definitely a plus, at the same time you can't help but to think that it could be done even better, there is almost nothing on display. The location is beautiful with the fishermen and their boats on the beach just by the castle. The entrance fee is steep for Ghana (but cheap by U.K. standards), in terms of the camera fee, we were first told it would cost 30 cedis but when we declined and started putting away the camera the fee was halved so some negotiations might be useful. Some of our friends were being hassled outside, first being asked for their names and later given a "gift" for which payment was demanded. The market stalls at the premises offers little in terms of value or uniqueness.

Visited January 2013
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