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Elmina Castle

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Address: Elmina, Ghana
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+233 57 668 9142
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The European traders built and occupied many forts along the coast of Ghana...

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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Nice quiet visit

We took an hour tour with about 12 other people-so nice to do it in a small group (unlike the Cape Coast Castle visit) where we could hear all the guide had to say. We got a good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 September 2015
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Traralgon, Australia
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Traralgon, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

We took an hour tour with about 12 other people-so nice to do it in a small group (unlike the Cape Coast Castle visit) where we could hear all the guide had to say. We got a good insight into the dreadful inhumanities slaves suffered in this place, although our guide was quite bored about the telling of it.

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Tulum, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

I did this castle tour after having done Cape Coast Castle earlier in the day. I am sure that each experience varies, depending on the tour guide. My tour guide was not good at the Elimina Castle. I have had incredibly intelligent, insightful and inquisitive tour guides at other locations, but this one did disappoint, which made me grateful for... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

The Elmina castle is an amazing place but it remembers sad memories after listening to the history. For many years i have been waiting for this moment and it passed through, Dear all, if possible, please just pass there once if per chance you travel to Ghana. It remains in Memory.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Quite eerie and uncomfortable walking around this place, thinking of all the people passing through here to a life of slavery. Tour guide was informative. Worth a visit.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Kofi our guide was amazing!1 Brought to life the horrors that occurred here. I learnt so much.......... Humbling experience!

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Middleburg, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Very interesting historical castle that was central to the African slave trade but well before that it was erected by the Portuguese to establish their hold on this area as a colony. Very well kept, considering the age (erected about 1482). Fortunately there has been little attempt to change the original architecture, so it is very original. The Ghanaian Government... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

i enjoyed the experience overall because this was something that i needed to see. however it can be very emotional and overwhelming for some viewers. our tour guide wasn't that good. he wore shades the entire time during the tour which i found odd. but overall great experience. if you can, please try to limit how many people go on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015 via mobile

We had a great tour guide. While I enjoyed the experience and history it was very sad. For those that love history, especially black history this is truly a heart warming experience.

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

It was very interesting to look around the castle and the guide gave a good description of its history and answered people's questions. There's also a good view of the fishermen's boats from the castle ramparts. It's a shame that most of the rooms are empty, ie all the furniture has been destroyed, but there was an exhibition about the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Nice place to visit if you want to try to understand what was the slave trade. The castle is placed in a location difficult to reach with the car due the local market. The caste itself is in good condition and the guide is very useful he explained the story of the castle very well. The location is amazing with... More 

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