James Town Lighthouse

James Town Lighthouse, Accra: Address, Phone Number, James Town Lighthouse Reviews: 3.5/5

James Town Lighthouse
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Las Buganvillas
Cartagena, Colombia752 contributions
Hub of Accra's authentic cultural life
Aug 2021
James Town is probably the most interesting part of old Accra: there are remnants of many buildings from the colonial period, and remnants of fort from the period when ships form Europe mainly came to take slaves to the new world. It is necessary to take a gide to navigate through the labyrinth of buildings and markets as the fishing village which soon is likely to expand enormously to accommodate a fishing port to be built with the help of the Chinese.
The view form the top floor of James Port is breathtaking, dominated by hundreds of boats.
Written August 22, 2021
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Jazzumbo
Romania1,346 contributions
Iconic landmark in a poor neighborhood
Jun 2021
First of all, the lighthouse building can't be visited. It's locked.
On the way to the lighthouse, the visitors can see an informal settlement on the beach, where a local fishermen community live in a shocking poverty.
On the other side of the lighthouse there's o Chinese fishing harbor. The local authorities (government?) sold this piece of land to some Chinese business men. Banners with various messages in Chinese language (Chinese Communist Party propaganda, I guess) are visible on the fence and above the entrance to facility. According to my taxi driver, the Chinese fishing port doesn't hire locals. They use Chinese employees only and take all the fish they can get, without restrictions, with their modern fishing boats.
The local fishermen keep struggling to feed their families with their traditional fishing boats.
There's a bar next to the Chinese fishing port entrance which sale bottles of Chinese booze with ginseng roots macerated inside, to satisfy the demand of Chinese workers.
There are some locals hanging around the lighthouse, trying to persuade the possible visitors to pay some fee for a guided tour around. There's nothing to see or do around the lighthouse, except for a dirty, smelly and sad slum.
The James Town community deserve more care from authorities.
Written August 9, 2021
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Way Farer
Rijeka, Croatia134 contributions
There's a lot more to it than at first sight
Oct 2020
I first visited this place ten or so years ago and if my memory serves me well, one couldn’t climb up the lighthouse then just as one can’t today. It’s still “being renovated”. Judging by the pace they have been doing it, we won’t witness its reopening to public any time soon. Having said that, I nevertheless enjoyed my new visit. Reading reviews here, some of them rather harsh and even negative, I believe one must take into account we are talking about black Africa which isn’t cracked up to be exactly the richest part of the world. So yes, James Town will probably come across as gritty, and dirty, particularly to an unaccustomed eye, because this is one of poorer parts of the city. And yes, as soon as they recognize a foreign tourist in you people will ask for a hand-out for whatever excuse they can come up with. But take it with a smile, don’t get offended and you’ll see they are as friendly and nice as anyone. And unless you are not merely into landmarks but are also interested in seeing how quite a few people there live, James Town may well be worth a visit. And as a very nice bonus, just below the lighthouse, you can walk right down to the sea and observe fishing boats with fishermen either hauling in their catch or repairing their nets. A truly picturesque sight you are not likely to see in your own country. So open your eyes, look past the squalor and dirt and you’ll see there’s much more to James Town than poverty.
Written November 30, 2020
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TravelingPirate13
Columbus, OH220 contributions
Just a Landmark
Sep 2019
Interesting landmark to drive or walk by when exploring other parts of Jamestown, however not worth the trip just for the lighthouse. When we went you weren't able to climb it, so there was literally nothing else to do besides see it from outside.
Written August 24, 2020
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Munya M
Pretoria, South Africa52 contributions
The James Town
Dec 2019 • Couples
Jamestown is a very depressed area in Accra. There are lots of false tour guides who hustle and can fight for money. We were lucky to have local tour guides. Jamestown is situated on higher ground to the surroundings. In my view there's nothing to do beyond 10 minutes. One will appreciate how the poor survive in Accra.
Written March 3, 2020
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Mark B
Swindon, UK3 contributions
Not a pleasant visit
Mar 2020 • Friends
Via.csited Jamestown lighthouse yesterday. As soon as we got out of the taxi we were "hounded" by a Tourism official. Taken to the Tourism Office, they wanted 30 cedis for a guided tour and before we could take any pictures of the lighthouse. The lighthouse was closed to Tourists. There was an overpouring smell of sewerage. Litter was dumped everywhere. The whole place looked unkept. We turned around and got back in the taxi. They call this a tourist spot! They need to clean up their act. Avoid this place. If i could have given this place 0 out of 5 i would have done.
Written March 3, 2020
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Josh M
27 contributions
Aggressive locals trying to fleece money.
Feb 2020 • Solo
As soon as I exited my uber at Jamestown lighthouse I could see a few locals making a bee-line for me.
I took a few quick pictures before the "you need a tour guide" back and forth started.
I politely but firmly declined two and then when I tried to walk down to the beach was acostered am by a third who claimed he needed an entrance fee. This was clearly a lie and I refused.
The three then started ganging up and getting more forceful.
I then walked away towards the fishing village and had them running after me.
They then said I was forbidden to go there without a guide and again, they started surrounding me and being aggressive.
It would have been easy to just pay the cedis they were asking for but in principle I wouldn't. I think this would only encourage them to continue with this behaviour in the future so i would encourage anyone to refuse the same way.
I ended up only having a quick look at the lighthouse and left without exploring the fishing area that i wanted to.

Such a shame.
I feel like on another day it could've been a lovely trip.
Written February 20, 2020
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Yvonne V
3 contributions
Lighthouse and surroundings
Feb 2020
We had a guide who told us about the history of the lighthouse, the Ussher fort and the fishermansplace. It was very interesting and also depressing. But I think it is good to know what on these places is happened in the past
Written February 15, 2020
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Oyetola
Lagos, Nigeria396 contributions
Historical
Feb 2019 • Solo
I was unable to access the lighthouse tower because tourist has been banned from accessing it for now.
Written January 26, 2020
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Smith M
5 contributions
James Town and light house
Oct 2019
The tour at james town and the light house as very nice. The artistry in the neighberhood is incredible. However communication was always scrappy apart from that everything went fine.
Written December 5, 2019
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