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Visit the Elmina Castle to experience firsthand what the slave trade was like for everyone involved.
A tour of this place is a must if you want to truly understand this profound historical event.
The Portuguese built the Elmina Castle in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina Castle, also known as Mina or Feitoria da Mina. It is located in Elmina, Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast). This castle was the first trading post ever built on the Gulf of Guinea and is the oldest European building below the Sahara.
The Elmina Castle Museum’s opening hours are 9:00am and 4:30pm daily (UTC).
Below are the charges for visiting the Elmina Castle
|Visitor Category||Entrance Fee*|
|Pupils from Primary to JHS 3||GH¢ 1.00|
|SHS Students||GH¢ 2.00|
|Tertiary Students with ID||GH¢ 3.00|
|Ghanaian Adults||GH¢ 5.00|
|Foreign Children||GH¢ 5.00|
|Foreign Students with ID||GH¢ 30.00|
|Adult Foreigners||GH¢ 40.00|
Ghana Museums & Monuments Board
Central and Western Regions
Cape Coast Castle
+233 57 668 9142
Tel +233-3321-32529/ 03321-32701
You should visit the St. George’s Castle Museum, located within St. George’s Castle, also known as Elmina Castle, in the Central Region. This museum was created in 1996 with the help of GMMB, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Mid-West Universities Consortium for International Activities. Its purpose is to educate people about the history of St. George’s Castle and preserve the cultural heritage of the Central Region.
Inside the museum, you will find various exhibits, including photographs depicting the castle throughout the centuries, displays about the Asantes of Elmina and their trading activities with Europeans, gold weights, shackles, murals, local textiles, stools, stone implements, ceramics, bottles, clay, glass, and beads.
The museum also offers guided tours of St. George’s Castle, where you can explore former storehouses, slave dungeons, chapels, and the governor’s chamber. One notable spot is the cell where a King of Asante was once held prisoner.
From the four-storey St. George’s Castle, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding harbors, fishing boats, and the nearby Fort St. Jago. After your castle tour, take some time to relax at the museum’s restaurant and bar. There is also a bookstore and a gift shop available, as well as a car park for visitors. If you prefer outdoor activities, there is an open courtyard where you can enjoy the surroundings.
Make sure to visit the St. George’s Castle Museum and delve into the rich history of this remarkable place.
Renowned as the first major European construction in tropical Africa, St. George’s Castle, in the town of Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana, was founded by the Portuguese in 1482. The site of the Castle was selected by Portuguese navigators, as it was advantageously located at the end of a narrow promontory, a stone’s throw away from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Benya River. The lee of the low headland provided an excellent natural harbor.
St George’s Castle or ‘Sao Jorge da Mina’, after the patron saint of Portugal, as the castle was known to the Portuguese, afforded the Portuguese a trade monopoly in the area, with unrivaled access to the region’s gold.
The sheer magnitude of trade volumes resulted in labor challenges, as navies were unable to convey large quantities of European goods to all markets. The importation of slaves from Benin in exchange for gold and ivory in the early 16th century was the identified solution. However, not long after, the influx of superior gold from Mexico into Europe caused gold prices to plummet rapidly. The economically distraught Portuguese were easily ousted from Elmina in 1637 by the Dutch.
The main Dutch trades were gold and slaves; they reconstructed the castle between 1770 and 1775. Until 1872, the castle served as the focal coordinating point for Dutch Gold Coast activities. In 1682, the author Jean Barbot described St. George’s Castle as having ‘no equal on all the coast of Guinea, with respect to beauty and strength.
On 6th April, 1872, the castle was ceded to the British. In recent years, it has served as Police Recruit Training Centre, a secondary school, and it is presently a historical museum. St. George’s Castle is featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Next to the castle is a picturesque fishing harbour, and within walking distance are sites such as Fort Coenraadsburg (St. Jago), the Dutch cemetery, and the ‘Posuban’ buildings of Elmina.
UPPER Fort St Jago / Fort Conraadsburg
Forty San Sabastien
Ahanta Waves Surf School
The government of Ghana is the current owner of Elmina Castle.
Elmina Castle has a captivating history as the oldest European building in sub-Saharan Africa and a significant hub of the transatlantic slave trade.
Elmina Castle is famous for its role in the transatlantic slave trade and as the oldest European building below the Sahara.
Elmina Castle holds the title of being the oldest castle in Africa. It was built by the Portuguese in 1482
Elmina is a city in the Central Region of Ghana. Its name comes from the Portuguese word for “Mine“. The gold found in these mines is also the origin of the name “Gold Coast”, which was the name of what is now Ghana when it was a British Colony.
St. George’s d’Elmina Castle, built in 1482, is the oldest castle in Ghana. It is one of the oldest European buildings outside Europe, and the historic town of Elmina is believed to be the location of the first point of contact between Europeans and sub-Saharan Africans.
Ghana has four major castles: Elmina Castle, Cape Coast Castle, Christiansborg Castle, and Fort St. Jago.
Elmina Castle is the largest castle in Ghana.
The local name for Elmina is Edina.
By the 18th century, over 30,000 slaves on their way to the Americas passed through Elmina each year.
No, Elmina is not in Accra. It is located in the Central Region of Ghana. It is only 135 km from Accra, but it does take 3,5 hours.
Elmina Castle is over 500 years old.
St. George’s Castle, in the town of Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana, was founded by the Portuguese in 1482.
Elmina town has a rich history as a significant trading post and a center of colonial influence.
The Door of No Return can be found at various locations in Ghana, including Cape Coast Castle.
The country closest to Ghana is Togo to the east.
The Assin Manso Slave River Site served as the place where slaves had their last bath on African soil before being marched down to the slave castles of Elmina and Cape Coast along the coast.