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“Probably Ghana's Best Tourism-Orientated Castle”
Review of Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Elmina
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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.
Accra, Ghana
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“Probably Ghana's Best Tourism-Orientated Castle”
Reviewed February 4, 2012

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.

Visited February 2012
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Styria, Austria
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“Great, but sad experience”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

I went there with my husband and my 7 years old daughter. We slept in Saralotte Guesthouse in Cape Coast and traveled to Elmina by taxi. On the bridge to Elmina Castle we made a stop to watch the fishermen, who came in with their good catch. Then we went on to the castle. We had a good guide, who explained us everything there. We were deeply moved by the things we heard and saw. So many slaves were kept here and a great part of them died before they were forwarded by sea.
If you visit Cape Coast it is a must to visit Cape Coast or Elmina Castle.

Visited July 2011
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“Nice, great guide”
Reviewed January 23, 2012

Nice restauration of the place. English speaking guide.

Visited January 2012
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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“Elimina Castle gives you great views of the fishing village”
Reviewed January 22, 2012

Elmina Castle is a slave castle similar to Cape Coast Castle. I loved the views this castle gave and the town of Elimina is a great place to see a traditional fishing village.

Visited December 2011
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“A must do!!!!”
Reviewed January 12, 2012

It's very sad yet informative and is an essential stop during a trip to Ghana. Good place to understand history of the slave trade and its consequences. The Castle is now a world heritage site The trip to the Elmina Slave Castle was extremely informative. No matter how much you've heard or read about or think you know about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, you will learn something at this castle. Very very sad and touching. The entrance fee is cheap but they charge an extra if you intend to take pics. The guide is included with the entrance fee. Elmina town is a good place to walk about and take in the local history. Its basically a fishing town ..nice.

Visited December 2011
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