Jamestown Lighthouse, in the old town of Accra

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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.

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Nearby Accra attractions

1. Jamestown

0.17 MILES

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…

3. Kwame Nkrumah Park and Mausoleum

1.04 MILES

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…

4. Makola Market

1.25 MILES

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…

5. Independence Square

1.69 MILES

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…

6. Independence Arch

1.76 MILES

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

7. British Council

1.77 MILES

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

8. National Museum

1.97 MILES

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