Once the capital of the British Gold Coast, Accra is a pulsating city with golden beaches and colourful bazaars. It has long been a hub for Ghana’s artistic culture and boasts a fascinating history.
Things to do in Accra
Begin your Accra holiday at The National Museum, which offers an intriguing look at Ghanaian history and culture stretching back to prehistoric days. Witness traditional clothing and carvings and see displays of ancient artefacts such as tribal tools and instruments.
Don’t miss a visit to Osu Castle that was built by the Danes in the 17th century as Fort Christiansborg. It has served as the seat of government in Ghana for much of its history, with its distinctive white architecture dominating the coast of Accra.
Learn about one of Africa’s most influential leaders at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, which was created in honour of Ghana’s first president, who led the country to independence. It houses not only his mausoleum, but also a small museum dedicated to his life and work.
Want to discover one of Ghana’s most fascinating cultural trades? Visit the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop where “fantasy coffins” were first manufactured in the 1950s to reflect the interests of the deceased. From animals to cars, foods and tools, these coffins have been added to contemporary art collections around the world.
Getting around Accra
Kotoka International Airport is the main gateway to Accra, situated 20 minutes’drive north of the city. Public buses and taxis are the main means of getting around Accra, together with trotro minibuses.