Area in Accra

Jamestown

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 one the poorer neighbourhoods of Accra – full of...

Market in Accra

Makola Market

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 clogged with vendors hawking food, secondhand clothes and...

Arts Centre in Accra

ANO Centre for Cultural Research

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 Oforiatta-Ayim and has just opened a well-curated permanent space...

Arts Centre in Accra

The Studio

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 Forico Mall in Osu. A young, stylish and interested crowd...

Monument in Accra

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 dominated by an enormous McDonald's-like arch, beneath which...

Memorial in Accra

Kwame Nkrumah Park and Mausoleum

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. It's a pleasant enough place to wander around, but the park...

Cultural Centre in Accra

Goethe-Institut

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 the month, don’t miss the market where you can find...

Beach in Accra

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, and you'll then be rowed across a clear strip of water...

Beach in Accra

Labadi Beach

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 music in the bars and restaurants that line the shore....

Gardens in Accra

Legon Botanical Gardens

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 town. Since a recent makeover, thrills for the whole family...

Museum in Accra

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, ceremonial objects and the slave trade are particularly...

Notable Building in Accra

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 Asante Golden Stool, it is the office and residence of the...

Lighthouse in Accra

Jamestown Lighthouse

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 Fort.

Monument in Accra

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.

Cultural Centre in Accra

British Council

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

Notable Building in Accra

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 office moved to Flagstaff House. It remains closed to...