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Elmina Castle

Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Very powerful and moving

Wonderful tour with great guide, but you have to be careful, as they can be very pushy. Ask for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Sobering but a must see

One of the saddest places you will visit. But well worth the visit. Tour guide spoke English well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brisbane, Australia
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The European traders built and occupied many forts along the coast of Ghana in the 15th-17th centuries to protect their trading posts.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful tour with great guide, but you have to be careful, as they can be very pushy. Ask for recommendations from people who have been before. The fort itself is in pretty good shape and it is amazing to think that it has been in...More

Thank HerouxFamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the saddest places you will visit. But well worth the visit. Tour guide spoke English well and was very knowledgeable. Important to learn this very sad part of Ghana history

Thank LarissaMay1969
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you visit Cape Coast people always wonder which castle to visit: Elmina's or Cape Coast's. The first one is the oldest and the second one is the biggest. I ended up visiting Elmina's and I wasnt disappointed. Although I believed I wouldnt be disappointed...More

Thank daniel l
Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

This 14 century castle invokes mixed feelings. It's beautiful structure with the history of the Portuguese, Dutch and english and the hollering history and ills of the slave trades. Our tour guide are very professional and knowledgeable and very pleasant There were some young men...More

Thank kwabena A
Reviewed September 3, 2017

I visited both Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle on the same day. Both were impressive and both merit a visit, but my preference was for the Elmina Castle. The Cape Coast Castle was much more crowded and the size of the tour groups much...More

Thank RichT529
Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

If you want to learn about the slave history then Elmina Castle is a good place to start. There are guided tours included in the entrance fee and the guides are incredibly knowledgeable and present a very thorough view of what went down during this...More

Thank Nicolette M
Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

The appalling history of centuries of the slave trade is crystallised at Elmina Castle. There is no substitute for standing in the dank dungeons and reflecting on the misery and barbarity perpetrated there by so many guilty individuals, institutions and states down the years on...More

Thank Jake R
Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

This is my 3rd time to this castle of horrors. I took my to sons and mother this time. It's a very emotional visit but very informative. A piece history that everyone should know and be exposed to. Don't be surprised to see tears and/or...More

Thank Travis K
Reviewed August 13, 2017

i went there with some friends this weekend and place is very historical ,dont have much to say but our tour guide was excellent,confidence and knowledgeable about what he was telling us .

Thank Emmanuel A
Reviewed August 13, 2017

We got an impressive tour of the Elmina Castle. We had a good guide who showed us the dungeons where the male and female slaves were held in the time of The Portugese and Dutch slave traders. We showed us the one way direction in...More

Thank Jan v
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Lucy T
September 18, 2017|
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Response from kwabena A | Reviewed this property |
9am -5pm. There are many tour guides, so wait time is minimal. They usually look for few people to join to form a group.
Tracy A
June 16, 2017|
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Response from Oyesola | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you should make it a day trip. There are a few things to do in the area. Kakum canopy walk etc. I got the bus from Accra to Elmina and used Nana 024 283 2423 for my movement all around. However if you want him... More
September 8, 2016|
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Response from Mawufemor | Reviewed this property |
Currently, No economic advantages. I doubt income from entrance fee can maintain for castle left alone pay salaries for employees.