Elmina Castle

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Elmina Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
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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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1-2 hours
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Maria G
Madrid, Spain2 contributions
Heart Touching Experience
May 2021
Heart Touching Experience. Once you get to Elmina, to visit the castle is a must. I and my husband visited caste 2 times during our stay, everytime with different guide but it was really impressive. The story is really heart touching, specially in these times. Human beings should learn from the past and Elmina Castle belongs to this learning for 100%.
Written 19 May 2021
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Leanne
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Poor due to racism
Apr 2021 • Solo
The castle itself is important to see and there are dungeons where the slaves were held, male and female separately, the door where female slaves were taken to be raped by slave traders and the door to the slave ships.

The tour guide however made me uncomfortable due to my perception of his racism. The tour guide did not greet or welcome me personally when I started, only my Africa tour host. It was frequently suggested that I should buy something which did not occur to any of the Africans/African Americans in the group. The tour guide did not look at me or thank me when I gave him a tip. It was as if as a person of European heritage I had been personally involved in the slavery described, so such persons should be careful when visiting of a different treatment. It feels as though your money is wanted, irrespective of what you have, and nothing more. I wanted to ask questions but felt too afraid of the hostility. Despite the horrors and abomination of Elmina, racism lives on which was a very sad experience.
Written 16 April 2021
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Thy Will C
6 contributions
Great History
Sep 2020 • Friends
May we never forget what they went through. And may we understand new forms of slavery still persist
Written 22 September 2020
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Vivica F
6 contributions
Castle visit
Oct 2019 • Family
Interesting visit however as it's visited by lot of tourists from various countries it could be valuable to add some translators for foreigners.
Written 20 July 2020
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Anita
Accra, Ghana10 contributions
Educative
Jul 2019 • Friends
The tour guide was amazing and very in depth with knowledge. I wish we wouldn’t take crazy rates from foreigners especially the diaspora as This experience is an even greater deal for them .
Written 22 June 2020
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AlexandraRigby
Lilongwe, Malawi88 contributions
Emotionally tour around Elmina!
Feb 2020
We had a good guided tour around Elmina Slave Castle. Built in 1482, this was the hub of the Portuguese (1482-1637) and Dutch slave trade (1637-1872) on the Gold Coast. Under the rule of the Dutch West Indies Company, around 30,000 slaves a year passed through Elmina’s door of no return. It was a very emotional and sobering visit, especially the secret staircase from the women's cells to the Governor's bedroom.
Written 23 April 2020
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JohnLucienSteven
Almere, The Netherlands81 contributions
Our people suffered
Mar 2020 • Family
Being from Surinam we know how the slaves were brought in. Elmina was very confrontating. They suffered so much.
Written 5 April 2020
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kgrah1
London, UK31 contributions
Elmina Castle Tour - Ghana
Feb 2020 • Family
Wanted to share details of the our Elmina Castle Tour, we were staying locally at the Lemon Beach Resort, we didn't have the time to book an official tour but glad we didn't as the tour conducted by the Guides at the Castle was amazing, informative (whilst very harrowing) engaging and very interesting.
We took a local taxi to the site and walked up to the Castle, the entrance fee is 40 GHC (cedis) for adults and 30 for students. The guides take you around and share so much information starting from the arrival of the Portuguese in 1471, the Dutch and then the British. The Tour lasts about 1.5 hours. A must for anyone visiting the area.
Written 19 February 2020
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Donbloomjohn
Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin29 contributions
Sad but true!
Jan 2020
I recently spent a couple of hours touring the "slave castle". It's hard to be whistling a happy tune as you enter the castle, once it hits you what happened there. The gravity of its size and its purpose hits you in your soul. At it's height the castle shipped off 4,000 slaves a year, mostly to the Americas. The tour guides are both friendly and knowledgeable The visit to this slave castle was definitely worth my time and money (the "tour" is NOT handicap accessible!).
While the castle was worth the drive, the drive itself is not! Ghana and a few other countries have this curious habit of placing rather large speed bumps on its major two-lane highways - a lot of them (sometimes 3 or 4, one right after another). There must be close to 100 of them (about every 1/2 to 1 mile) between Accra and Cape Coast. They can rattle your teeth even when driving slowly over them! And of course, cars pass another on curves or going up hills that will get your heart pumping, depending upon how fast or aggressive your driver is. No, there is not a major hospital with modern technology nearby, in case one of the drivers makes a misjudgment (I saw one such accident on the way to the coast. Thankfully it was not a major head-on collision but it was close enough!
Written 10 February 2020
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Steven M
Mono, Canada108 contributions
eye opening visit
Jan 2020
Arrived at Elmina Castle in January 2020. I believe is was 40 cedi to enter and take the tour. The tour was provided by an employee, a younger girl who was excellent in providing information about the castle and the early days of the slave trade. The tour was in depth and provided a very eye opening account of what went on in this place. Overall this tour was well done and worth the 3h drive from Accra. This trip and a visit to Kukum National Park is do-able in a day from Accra and back.
Written 2 February 2020
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