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“Better than Cape Coast Castle” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle
Elmina, Ghana
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Elmina
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: The European traders built and occupied many forts along the coast of Ghana in the 15th-17th centuries to protect their trading posts.
Seoul, South Korea
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“Better than Cape Coast Castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I went to Cape Coast Castle first, and when I went to this one, I immediately liked it better from far away arriving from Cape Coast. Unlike Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle is daily seen with wide open shores, and lagoon next to it with hundreds of fishing boars make it look all the more appealing. Not to mention Fort St. Jago from a hill above. It's quieter than CC Castle also, and the guide is of course very knowledgeable, except for souvenir shop stop here and there. If you only have time to go to one of two, I will recommend you choose Elmina and its castle.

Visited February 2014
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“see Ghana Ecotours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

see Ghana EcotoursText, that I have already posted. The castle is impressive and shocking. Still I believe that visiting only the castle leaves out Elmina.

Visited March 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Don't miss this historical site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We visited the castle with our 11 year old daughter. It was fascinating to visit the castle and terrible to think about the things that happened here. Our daughter was particularly affected and interested in the history of the place. We will never forget the "door of no return". If you are in Ghana, try and fit in a trip here.

Visited February 2013
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“memorable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and hearing the account of what went on right where I was standing is something I will remember for a long time. That said, as others have commented the hawkers on the way in, but especially upon leaving are a drag as instead of thinking about what you just learned you're thinking how annoying they are. The museum was a bit disappointing as well.

Visited January 2014
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“History very important and the local guides at the site are good.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Liked the way the guide had you go into the areas for the men and women and get a real feel for how dark and cramped the spaces were.

Visited December 2013
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