Must-see attractions in Accra

  • Kids play football in an abandoned house, Jamestown



    Jamestown originated as a community that emerged around the 17th-century British James Fort, merging with Accra as the city grew. These days, Jamestown is…

  • Crowded Makola Market in central Accra.

    Makola Market


    There is no front door or welcoming sign to the Makola Market. Before you know it, you've been sucked in by the human undertow from the usual pavements…

  • ANO Centre for Cultural Research


    This arts institution, which takes its name from the word 'grandmother' in Akan, was founded by Ghanaian art historian, writer and filmmaker Nana…

  • The Studio


    Ghanaian photographer Francis Kokoroko and his friends regularly host cultural events and art talks at this tiny, unbranded studio on the top floor of the…

  • Independence Arch, Independence Square

    Independence Square


    Independence Sq, also known as Black Star Sq, is a vast, empty expanse of concrete overlooked by spectator stands of Stalinesque grace. The square is…

  • Nkrumah Mausoleum, final resting place of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first president, Accra, Ghana, Africa

    Kwame Nkrumah Park and Mausoleum


    This tranquil park is full of bronze statues, fountains and wandering peacocks, with the mausoleum of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first leader, at its heart…

  • Saturday market and beer garden, Goethe-Institut



    Goethe-Institut, the cultural arm of the German government in Ghana, is also a popular events venue in Accra. If you’re in town on the first Saturday in…

  • Ghana, Greater Accra, Accra. Labadi beach is Accra's premiere beach - horse rides are one of the attractions.

    Labadi Beach


    Come the weekend people flock to Accra's most popular beach to play ball games, frolic in the surf, go horse riding along the sand or party to loud dance…

  • Legon Botanical Gardens


    This nature park close to the University of Ghana is the perfect spot to take a break from Accra’s relentless pace, and one of only a few green spots in…

  • Outside view, Flagstaff House

    Flagstaff House


    This dramatic structure was completed in 2008 amid huge controversy around the tens of millions of dollars it cost to construct. Built to resemble an…

  • Jamestown Lighthouse, in the old town of Accra

    Jamestown Lighthouse


    For a great view of the city and the busy and colourful fishing harbour (haze and pollution permitting), climb to the top of the old lighthouse near James…

  • Bojo Beach


    Bojo Beach is so clean and chilled out that you'd never guess it was such a short drive west of Accra city. On arrival there's a small entrance fee to pay…

  • National Museum


    Set in pleasant grounds, the national museum features excellent displays on various aspects of Ghanaian culture and history. The displays on local crafts,…

  • Independence Arch


    This imposing arch adjacent to Independence Sq is crowned by a large black star, Ghana's national symbol. Note: taking photos is forbidden.

  • British Council


    Organises cultural events and lectures. Also has an air-con library with English newspapers and magazines.

  • Osu Castle


    Built by the Danes around 1659 and originally called Christiansborg Castle, Osu Castle was the seat of government until 2013, when the president and his…

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