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Elmina Castle, Elmina

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Understand the very essence of slave trade at Elmina Castle, a World Heritage Site originally built to organize and protect the gold and slave trade conducted by European settlers of the 15th century. You can tour slave dungeons and the ex-governor's luxury suites with staircases leading to slave quarters below. Built the Portuguese, the castle was the first European slave-trading post in sub-Saharan Africa. Don't miss the canons rusting on the battlements, from which you can also enjoy the view of the ocean. Using our international travel planner, Elmina attractions like Elmina Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • There were 5 of us in the group and the cost of entry & tour totalled £11.96 converted to £ which I thought wasn't bad at all. A warning to everyone, as soon as you arrive in the castle parking area.....  more
    There were 5 of us in the group and the cost of entry & tour totalled £11.96 converted to £ which I thought wasn't bad at all. A warning to everyone, as soon as you arrive in the castle parking area.....  more »
  • This tour was educative, and very smooth Mr Fred the guide did an amazing work by explaining the history of the Castle so well, I highly recommend you also check out this historic site 
    This tour was educative, and very smooth Mr Fred the guide did an amazing work by explaining the history of the Castle so well, I highly recommend you also check out this historic site  more »
  • This is not a castle. This is a slavery dungeon fortress with the Door of No Return. It is heart-wrenching and emotionally intense. No matter what you’ve seen on TV, that can’t compare to the in... 
    This is not a castle. This is a slavery dungeon fortress with the Door of No Return. It is heart-wrenching and emotionally intense. No matter what you’ve seen on TV, that can’t compare to the in...  more »
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  • The castle is very beautiful and interesting. The staff is super, they are speaking very nicely and know a lot! It's a pity that what used to happen there is so horrible and disgusting. But I enjoyed the excursion at the castle, even though I cried as well, because it made me sad what people can do to people. But I definitely recommend it! Its an important experience....
  • The tour guide did an amazing job of telling the slave trade story passionately. It was definitely worth the long drive from Accra. Not for the faint hearted tho. I was emotional all through.
  • This was the beginning place of the slave trade. Man and woman were held in separate dungeons up to 400 people. Most of them did not survive before getting on the ship because of the conditions, sickness and enduring the smell of their excess. Those that died in the dungeon was tossed into the sea. The picture of the wall was used for the man to climb to test their strength and ability. The governor's quarter overlooked the woman dungeon. The governor would walk out on the balcony to select a woman for the nite. The picture of the hole up in the wall was used to throw food down to the enslaved. It was not enough for them to eat or get full but to sustain them. Most died from starvation. Slavery was not about race but a need to build on potential land. Africans were strong people and that is why they were chosen to build on this land we call America.
  • Definitely worth the drive from Accra (about 2.5-3 hours depending on traffic etc). The castle shows a horrendous yet important piece of history about the slave trade and the guides did an amazing job of showing this and giving a impassioned explanation of the horrors of what went on here. Worth seeing and visiting.
  • A must visit for everyone! Incredibly enriching experience with a great guide, Kofi. It was also quite an emotional visit, but important. There’s a quaint little gift shop with souvenirs and historical books on a variety of topics.

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