I visited Elmina's Sao Jorge de Mina, or St George Castle for the second time in February 2012 (previous visit was January 2007), mainly as my fiancee had not been there (despite being Ghanaian).
It is visible from the road heading towards Elmina from Cape Coast, so you can't miss it. Turn at the signpost for Elmina Golden Beach Resort, and follow the road past the church, onto the bridge (ignore the one-way sign - everyone seems to !), and it will be staring you in the face.
A word of advice at the carpark - there are youths there around 15 yo or so, and they collect money for their football club. This club should be like Hearts Of Oak or Kotoko with all the money they seem to collect from the carpark under the pretext of buying boots & kits, so where this money goes, no one knows. They also ask your name almost immediately & where you are from, and use a marker to write a greeting on a sea-shell (you are obliged to dash/tip them for this, of course). They are harmless, but can be a little irritating when you are an experienced Ghana traveller.
So, the castle has really been developed, with a further historical presentation since my last trip, and the bookshop was much better that previous. They also indulge in postcards of the fort, something that is disappointing elsewhere in Ghana to say the least. Traditional western-style souvenirs are few and far between in Ghana.
The male & female slave quarters give you a clear indication of the abyssmal conditions that they would have been kept in by their masters, while their masters lived in relative comfort for the time.
The view from the battlements is excellent, as it usually is when visiting other forts along the coast, and you can get some great elevated shots of the local town and crescent-shaped beachfront.
Please note that non-Ghanaians are charged a premium fee for entry (for Ghana), and use of a camera, although comparing it to landmarks around the World, the admission is very reasonable. Ghanaians get a nominal fee entry.
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