Fast Facts

  • Location: Gold coast, Ghana
  • Best Time to Visit: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Admission fee:: US$7/4 (still/ video camera fee US$0.50/ 1.10)
  • How to reach: The VanefSTC bus station, located in the Goil petrol station at Pedu junction, is only 5 kilometers northwest of the town center. Buses run twice daily to and from Accra and Takoradi and once a day to and from Kumasi.
    The Kotokuraba motor park, near the market, has tro-tros serving other destinations around Cape Coast, such as Anomabu, Kakum National Park and Takoradi. Shared taxis to Elmina are available from the station on Commercial St, just opposite the Cape Cafíé.
  • Nearest International Airport:Kotoka International Airport
  • Nearest railway station:Accra Train Station

An African tour may not necessarily be about wildlife safaris. A heritage tour to the historic Cape Coast Castle in Ghana is an African tour with a difference. It is one of the six most exquisite slave castles which are still in existence. The first timber structure of the castle, later restored in stone, was built in 1653 for the Swedish Africa Company and named ‘Carolusborg’ after King Charles X of Sweden.

It was believed that Cape Coast Castle, Gold Coast was originally built as a small trading lodge which was consequently added to and expanded until it became a fortification. The entire Swedish Gold Coast was captured by the Danes in April 1663 and incorporated in the Danish Gold Coast. Cape Coast Castle, Ghana was occupied by the British in 1664 and was comprehensively re-erected by the Committee of Merchants in the late 18th century. It became the headquarters of the colonial Government of the British Gold Coast in 1844.

After Ghana became independent in 1957, it was taken under the care of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB). The building was renovated in the early 1990s by the Ghanaian Government, with funds from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United States Aid for International Development (USAID) along with technical assistance from the Smithsonian Institution and other NGOs.

What to see
When it comes to tourist attractions in Cape Coast, the city of rich culture and fascinating history, you will find that the Cape Coast castle is a must-see site. The castle, housing a historical museum, is actually one of the biggest slave trade castles in Ghana.

Like other ancient fortifications in Ghana, Cape Coast Castle played a key role in the gold and slave trades. A guided tour of the castle will help you to visit its interesting features including Dalzell Tower, the graves of Governor George Maclean and his wife Leticia Landon, the slave dungeons, “Palaver Hall” and the cannons and mortars which were used to protect the castle.

The West African Historical Museum, located inside the castle, features a treasured collection of art and cultural objects like ceremonial drums, old muskets, shackles from the slave trade and ancient pottery from various parts of West Africa.

Enjoy your visit to the museum, touring the grounds and witnessing where the slaves were held in dungeons hundreds of years ago. It is such an experience you won’t want to miss.

Related Links : For an audio-visual tour to the Cape Coast Castle, click on this link.

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