Accra with a mixture of modern buildings, shanty towns, occasional castle and lively markets has about 2 million people and is one of Africa’s safer capitals and also has numerous attractive tourist sites where you can HangOut with loved ones. In the midst of the buzzing and hustling in Accra, here are some cool and fascinating places to visit.
1. Osu Castle
The Osu castle, initially called the Christiansborg Castle is unique among the castles and forts in Ghana as it served as Government House during various times in the 19th centuries and continues to play that role today. Although the castle is still closed to the public but this may be relaxed as the seat of the government moves to Golden Jubilee House.
2. The National Museum
The best place to acknowledge a display of Ghana’s wonderful culture and history including the slave-trade, and Ashanti Kingdom is this very museum.Some of the things displayed there include chief’s regalia, indigenous Ghanaian musical instruments, gold weights, beads, traditional textiles, stools and pottery. There are also objects from other African countries acquired through exchange It is under the administration of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) and the largest and oldest of the six museums too.
3. James Fort
Fort James is a fort in Accra, Ghana situated in the suburb of Jamestown. It used to be one of the monuments of the Europeans and slavery. It was built by the British to join the Dutch Fort Crêvecœur (1649), and the Danish Fort Christiansburg (1652) to serve as a trading post in 1673.
Fort James gave its name to the Jamestown neighborhood in Accra. The fort stands next to Jamestown Lighthouse and served as a prison from colonial times up to 2008.
4. Makola Market
Makola Market is a renowned vibrant and busy market place in the centre of the city of Accra, the capital of Ghana where you can buy absolutely everything. Wide collection of products ranging from car parts to veggies is sold in the markets and its surrounding streets.
The market, dominated by women traders who sells fresh produce, manufactured and imported foods, clothes, shoes, tools, medicines, and pots and pans. It is also place to find locally hand crafted Jewelry made from beads. It is therefore one place you can never afford to miss in Accra.
5. The Arts Center
The Arts Center also known as the Centre for National Culture is Ghana’s largest handicrafts market and as such this could be your first and possibly one stop for souvenirs. Beads, wood carvings, brass work, leather goods, kente cloth and other several items are sold in scores of stalls at the center. Crafts from neighbouring countries are found there as well. Be sure to bargain for all your purchases.
You can also check out the government-run craft shops and the jewelry shops at the entrance to the Centre, as they have fixed prices which can aid you to estimate how much you should be paying at the other stalls. The Centre is also home to a drama theatre.
6. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
It is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah which has a total surface area of approximately 5.3 acres. It is dedicated to him for his outstanding campaign to free Ghana (by then Gold Coast) from colonial rule on 6th March, 1957. The mausoleum provides a front for the statue of Nkrumah whereas the museum is subterranean and does not compete with the mausoleum for attention. Rhythm, contrast and harmony were the main principles of design used in this building.
The mausoleum designed by Don Arthur, houses the body of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah and pictures showing his life history.It is meant to represent an upside down sword which in the Akan culture is a symbol of peace.It can also be seen as an uprooted tree to show the uncompleted work of Dr. Nkrumah to entirely unite Africa.
Springs on either sides of the walk way are seen as you approach the main way leading to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. Each spring has seven bare-chested, squatting statuettes of flute blowers, who seem to welcome the arrival of world leaders and other important personalities.The Mausoleum is surrounded by water which is a symbol of life. Its presence conveys a sense of immortality for the name Nkrumah which indicates that even in death he lives on in the hearts and minds of generations here and generations yet to come.
This is a place you would want to be. Some scholars even call Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum the “genesis” of the actual History of Ghana. On this same location,transition of Gold Coast to Ghana occurred and this is enough reasons you shouldn’t miss this site during your stay in Ghana.
7. Beach Resorts
There are some top beach resorts to hangout in and around Accra with La Palm Royal Beach, Labadi Beach, Coco Beach and Bojo Beach being the most visited beach in Accra. Experience exciting hotel rooms with modern amenities which includes international telephone connection, air conditioning, luxurious bathroom with cold and hot water system, internet-bar, stocked mini bar etc. at the resorts. You can take a bath, surf or just have a walk on the sandy beach. You also get to taste nutritious seafood obtained from the sea as well as the freshest coconuts from the resorts.
8. The Independence Square & Arch
The Independence Arc is a part of the Ghana’s independence Square which embodies important monument that symbolizes Ghana’s struggle for independence. It contains the Independence Arch, Black Star Gate, and the Liberation Day Monument. The Independence Square is also bordered by the Accra Sports Stadium. It can take up to 30,000 seats. The area is that vast. It is designed for huge events and military marches.