Victoria Road, Cape Coast, Ghana
The entrance fee for Cape Coast Castle is based on the type of visitor:
Adults - GH¢ 40
Students - GH¢ 30
Children -GH¢ 5
Adults -GH¢ 5
Students - GH¢ 2 - 3
Children - GH¢ 1
Cape Coast Castle is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm every day.
Formerly used a trading post, Cape Coast Castle became a slave dungeon during the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Enslaved Africans were kept here before being loaded onto ships, never to return again.
Housed within the castle is the Cape Coast Castle Museum where items used during the slavery era are displayed, and other cultural African art.
A tour of the castle has left many with mixed emotions, and an appreciation of life.
How To Get To Cape Coast Castle?
Cape Coast Castle is within the Cape Coast city and can be easily accessed by car. However, if you wish to also see Elmina Castle, you can take a boat ride from here.
A comprehensive with special treats is also available.
Know Before You Go
The tour can get emotional, however, there will be lightness at the end
There are gift shops where you can buy souvenirs
It’s best to come with local currency
The view of the Atlantic Ocean outside the castle will give you the needed serenity
What Previous Visitors Have Said About Cape Coast Castle
"Taking a tour round this historical edifice was beautiful. Learned about the history of the transatlantic slave trade and Ghana. It was also interesting seeing this magnificent precolonial castle still standing." - , Google Local Guide
"A haunting relic (albeit well preserved and maintained structurally) of the historic horrors of religious conquest and slave-trade. Very informative tours are led at moderate pace - with some leeway for personal reflection. Certainly a must-experience for anyone who has the chance." - Saul Bleaeck, Google Local Guide
"We visited Cape Coast Castle which has served many purposes through the years, but its best known as the last stop for thousands of slaves before being loaded on boats bound for the new world. Originally built by Sweden in the 1650s as a trading post and changed hands various times through the centuries.
Knowing the history and the horrors of what went on here makes it an emotional place to visit.
By the end of it all, there’s a feeling of triumph. The door was called” Door of no return” and we’ve changed the narrative and now created“A door of return”
Thank you to all my ancestors "- @
"You are a history lover or you just love adventure. Considering going to Africa and visiting interesting places for some vac, you certainly don't want to omit the Cape Coast castle." -
"Definitely worth the visit. We had a great, informative tour done by a knowledgeable and friendly guide that worked at the castle. There are beautiful viewpoints, and interesting rooms to discover. It definitely exceeded my expectations for what it had to offer." - , Google Local Guide
"Lovely place, lots of history and respect. Stories that ... gosh love the setting and art gallery and the environment. Maintenance done in some ways, polite and well informed tour guards. I just couldn't get enough of the place. My heart was so touched. Eyes heavy and I listened to the history of my people. A must visit place. Easy to reach and friendly people all over. I love the place." - , Google Local Guide
"Historic site, emotional trip and worth the time." - , Google Local Guide
"Visiting the Cape Coast Castle from a historic point of view was a great experience. Touching and tenebrous to an extend but great tour. Tour guides are very friendly and knowledgeable. It is kept without much maintenance giving the place a sense of antiquity and [a] certain mystique. definitely a place to meditate and ponder about the sacrifice of so many." - , Google Local Guide
"Rich historical background to Slavery. Just about 2hrs from Accra and you can easily locate it with the aid of Google Map. Great place to go to feel humanity, equality and inequality with a resolution to abolish or stand-up for discrimination in any form and in anywhere... Also, don't forget to get some nice souvenirs from the shops...they are lovely and affordable!" - , Google Local Guide
"One of the highlights of my trip was visiting Cape coast Castle and learning about the history of slavery in Africa. Physically being inside the dungeons, words can not describe the endless suffering that was endured. Cape Coast Castle is one of 40 slave castles built by European traders. After slavery was banned the castle became a museum. Not only known for its rich history of irreversible damage done on [an] entire race, It’s a Reminder of the past and guide for the future." -
"It's awe-inspiring- the history behind this place. Also, the view of the coast is beautiful." -
After touring Cape Coast Castle, you’ll find yourself in need of a more physically elevating experience, would be worthwhile.
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