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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.
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This Castle though eventually became the seat of British colonial rule in the Gold Coast till 1877, other European nations have as well used it for trade. Especially slave trade. It is the second largest Slave Dungeon to be involved in the Trans-Atlantic (Triangular) Slave trade in West Africa. Site Guides are fantastic. Mr. Blankson, Mr. Morgan and the other guides will give you an informative and first class walking tour experience through the Castle. If you want a walking tour of he Cape Coast city, request for the Private services of Mr.Blankson.

Visited August 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“A historical site where justice and fairness never existed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Cape Coast Castle was a 3-hour drive from Accra. The traffic condition is no good on a Saturday morning where our vehicle was always in standstill traffic especially when we past the town or market area. There are plenty of local vendors on foot and makeshift stalls who are trying to sell their wares. The road condition is also not so good with most of the journey on one lane of driving. There are also many small humps which always come in five which contributes to a bumpy journey.

The view got very interesting when we were nearing two toll booths where street vendors were plenty and standing in between the passing vehicles. It is quite dangerous for them with the vehicles changing lanes for shorter queue to pass the toll booths. Interestingly, the authority even put up a signboard saying ‘No Hawking Beyond This Point’ just outside the toll booths. Does this means that it is legal to trade on foot in the middle of the street?

The view of the long coast and sea is really breathtaking. The wind breeze is strong and the tides hit the shores very hard. We settled for some photo taking session and then proceeded to the entrance to purchase our entrance ticket. There were big crowds consisting of tourists and students. The revised price list (effective April 2013) was pasted on the wall. The price was USD10 for non-Ghanaian and they asked for 19 Ghana cedis. A 45-minutes guided tour is included with the entrance fee. The price for camera/cellphone/ipad is 20 Ghana cedis and video camera is 200 Ghana cedis. The price for the camera fee is too exorbitant.

We got our tickets and were asked to enter an area to read some displays of the slavery trade history while waiting for our tour guide. Then we assembled and was brought around by the tour guide. The guide had good knowledge of the history of the place and provided good and clear explanation of every aspect of the visits. We were brought into the Cell and Male Dungeon to experience how it feels to be in a small enclosure with minimal air and light. It is an eerie thought when we were told that the slaves were in chains and they live in very unhygienic conditions while waiting for their call of fate. They either die of sickness or they survived it all and got transported out. We went through the ‘Door of No Return’ to find a wonderful view of the fishing village. This door was once the most dreaded door as the slaves who were brought past the door were transported to another part of the world to work as slaves and they never had a chance to return. There is a Pallava Hall where was once used for the exchange of trading between goods and slaves.

This place reminds us of the cruelty of mankind. The slaves were treated like ‘goods’ for big companies to make high profit margins and in exchange of goods. It is a sigh of relieve to know that there is already an end to this history but it took a long 400 hundred years to end such a sad history.

This site had also been gazetted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; though I did not see any sign at the castle to tell the status of this place. It is a must visit place to reminds all of us that we must treat each mankind with justice and fairness.

Visited July 2013
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Goa, India
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“A beautiful Place with stunning views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

UNESCO site very well maintained and which could be used a superb boutique hotel. Despite the sad past of the slavery trade, it is definitely a beautiful piece of architecture with stunning views over the sea and the fishing village.
There is a small museum inside with an history of the slave trade and the living conditions in the castle. Not to be missed during a visit to Ghana

Visited April 2013
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“Really interesting, fantastic views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We arrived too late for a tour however our driver walked us around and told us the history. We had also done our own reading so knew quite a bit about it which helped! Fascinating to walk around and lovely views. Sad to see the conditions that people were kept in.

Visited November 2012
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“Astonishing and tragic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Utterly compelling tour and an appalling history.
It takes your breath away. If you see one thing in Ghana, this should be it.
Don't miss it.

Visited April 2013
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