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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Elmina, Ghana
+233 57 668 9142
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second visit to the castle, over 10 years after my first visit. There have been a lot of changes at the castle and it is clear that the managers have become more commercially oriented than in giving visitors a real story. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Spirodesi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Elmina castle is the oldest European fortification built by Portuguese in 1482! The Dutch seized the fort from the Portuguese in 1637. The Dutch were busy with slave trade till 1814. They managed to sell the fort to British in 1872. The Brits did not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shimnik
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Seeing the depth of thinking that was built into the facility to deconstruct and humiliate a human being was humbling. The experience was gut-wrenching and visceral. Everyone should visit this people export facility, to understand how a human being was deconstructed, humiliated and then exported...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 27 November 2018

The Elmina Slave Fort is a castle built by the Portuguese as a Slave holding area before they were shipped to the Americas. Though it reminds one of the horrors humans inflict on humans, it should be visited to ensure such horrors are not repeated....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

I’m studying in Cape Coast and visited Elmina Castle. Very informative guide with a lot of knowledge. A really great place to visit to learn about colonialism and slave trade in Ghana and Africa

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank annjohansson92
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Unbelievable suffering for the slaves whom were captured and brutalised here. Squeezed in a cell with many others and be faced with human mental, emotional and physical torture. Never having privacy to conduct normal human daily function and then having to sleep amongst or on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank debsmillen66
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

All I can say is that this was a life changing visit. It was painful to see what the diaspora of West Africans suffered. It stands as a reminder for humanity to be better in the present and future. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Shayjo
Reviewed 29 September 2018

An exhaustive guided tour through the excruciatingly painful history of the castle : the appalling slaves' confinement rooms leading to the "door of no return".

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jeandenistemblaire
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

It was an amazing experience, seeing all that with have read and heard about slave trade in Ghana in person, with these castles posing us evidence to that. Our visit to the castle was combined with a visit to the fishing community to meet with...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank svaress
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Our visit to Elmina castle was a great but sombre experience. Our tour guide Ato was exceptional and extremely knowledgable. I learned so much. I plan on visiting again the next time I’m in Ghana. You simply can’t miss out in this opportunity. To actually...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Clemy T
12 December 2018|
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Response from Shayjo | Reviewed this property |
We were on a group tour and it was part of the tour - so not sure.
2 August 2018|
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Response from Jfre70562 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Karen, The adult fee was 65 GH Cidis, child I think around half that, so equivalent to around £15 or so. Hope that helps, Jfre
16 June 2018|
Response from saronic | Reviewed this property |
When there in March I just had to pay the regular entrance fee and was not charged anything for the camera, which I could use freely.