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By AccraEvents.GH

This month and beyond, appreciate our capital city, history and culture for free with this personalized Accra Events GH "Big Bus tour"-like list of our most popular tourist attractions.

Considered to be "Africa for Beginners", Ghana's capital is a hub of culture, history, and entertainment. From its markets - flush with colour and activity, to its historic landmarks, beautiful beaches and thriving nightlife, there's no shortage of things to experience in Accra. This outlined tour through the vivacious streets of Osu paired with the impressive Independence Square and more, showcases the city's rich heritage and modern amenities. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this article will guide you through the most memorable tourist sites in the city and highlight their historical significance.



The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is the memorial and final resting place of the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, who led the country to independence from British colonial rule in 1957. The landmark has 2 main features: the Mausoleum (an impressive marble structure with a black star representing African unity, surrounded by water and several statues of African freedom fighters), and the Museum. The Museum displays objects from different stages of Nkrumah's life, whereas the Mausoleum is where Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia were laid to rest. The interior is adorned with beautiful mosaics and murals depicting the life and legacy of Kwame Nkrumah. The Mausoleum serves as a reminder of Kwame Nkrumah's contributions to African liberation.


THE INDEPENDENCE SQUARE or black star quare

Ghana's Independence Square, also known as The Black Star Square, is one of the largest squares in the world. The historic public square, which can seat 30,000 people and stand another 50,000, was commissioned by Kwame Nkrumah to celebrate the nations independence. The completion of the square in 1961 coincided with the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. The square boasts a few monuments that encapsulate the struggle and sacrifices made to secure our independence and liberation. These include:

  • The Independence Arch,

  • The Black Star Gate (which features the Black Star of Africa),

  • The Liberation Day Monument (which honours the veterans of the Burma Campaign who were shot and killed during their peaceful protest after returning from WWII where they fought for the British Empire), and

  • A Statue of a Soldier facing the Arch (which represents those who lost their lives fighting for Ghana's independence).

Presently, The Square is not only a symbol of our freedom and a site for national ceremonies, it is also a popular tourist attraction where visitors explore these monuments and sculptures commemorating the country's rich cultural heritage.

3. OSU

Osu is home to numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs, thus making it the go-to spot for entertainment in Accra. In addition to its thriving social scene, Osu also possesses deep historical significance. The area was once a settlement for the Danish, Dutch, and British during the colonial era, and remnants of this period can still be seen in the architecture and landmarks of the neighborhood. Overall, Osu is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the lively culture and rich history of Accra.



The Osu Castle, also known as Fort Christiansborg, was built by the Danes as a trading post in the 17th Century. The Castle has played an important role in Ghana's history, serving as a center of colonial power when it switched hands between Denmark, Norway, Portugal, the Akwamu and the British before Ghana's independence. After our independence, the Castle served as a government administrative center and later, as the seat of Ghana's government until the seat was moved to Jubilee House. Today, the Osu Castle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been converted to a Presidential Museum which houses artifacts and exhibits on Ghana's history, including the slave trade, colonialism, and our struggle for independence. Thought the Castle has been rebuilt several times, it is still an important symbol of Ghana's past and present.



Oxford Street is a bustling commercial and entertainment hub with diverse range of shops, restaurants, and bars. Osu Oxford Street is home to several major retail outlets, including clothing stores, electronic shops, and supermarkets, making it a one-stop destination for all shopping needs. The street is also famous for its nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, hotels, and restaurants offering a variety of entertainment options, including live music, DJ nights, and comedy shows. Osu Oxford Street is a testament to the city's thriving commercial and entertainment scene.



The Osu Night Market comes to life just after sunset and stays open till vendors run out of the food products they sell, which sometimes happens after midnight. The market is a hub of activity and a great place to sample traditional Ghanaian street food, including fresh seafood, grilled meat, kebabs, fried plantains, kenkey, local snacks and more. The Night Market is an essential destination that offers a glimpse into the city's thriving informal economy.


Jamestown is a historic neighborhood that was established as one of the earliest settlements of the British during their colonial rule in the 17th Century. The community was built around Fort James and merged into Accra as the city grew, but it has maintained its rich history and cultural significance. Despite being one the poorer neighbourhoods of Accra presently, Jamestown is still an energetic community that boasts a lively fishing harbor, colorful colonial-era buildings, and a thriving arts and cultural scene. It also maintains many attractions, including the lighthouse, the historic James Fort, Ussher Fort, several boxing arenas that have nurtured many of our national champions, and the bustling marketplaces for local cuisine and handmade crafts.



The infamous Red and White Jamestown Lighthouse was built in the 1930s to replace a previous lighthouse from 1871. The lighthouse which helped guide ships around the Gulf of Guinea consists of a stone tower with a lantern and gallery, attached to a keeper's house. The lighthouse provides stunning views of the coastline and the surrounding neighborhoods. Currently, the lighthouse building is locked but still provides a pop of colour and historical context to the surrounding Jamestown neighborhood, one of the oldest parts of Accra.



The Fort Crèvecœur, was built as a trading post by the Dutch in 1649 and was transferred to the English on 1869. After an earthquake, the Fort underwent partial reconstruction and was renamed to Ussher Fort. It became a prison with small, cramped cells where enslaved Africans were held in inhumane conditions before they were transported to the Americas. The fort served as a prison until 1993. The fort now houses a museum with exhibits that showcase the dark history of the West African slave trade through the use of paintings and relics which were owned by captors and slaves. The Ussher Fort is an important reminder of the effects and impact of the transatlantic slave trade on Ghana.



James Fort also known as Fort James, was built by the British in 1673 as a trading post for gold and later served as a center for the transatlantic slave trade. After the abolition of slavery, the fort served as a prison for common local criminals till 2008, and even held and even held Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for inciting Independence riots from 1950 to 1951. Today, visitors can explore the fort's dungeons and learn about its history at the museum, which features exhibits on the slave trade and Ghana's colonial past. The fort also offers stunning views of the surrounding area, including the harbor and the lighthouse. Visiting The Fort is a somber but important experience that allows visitors to reflect on Ghana's past and honor the memory of those who suffered during the slave trade.



The Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, also known as Holy Trinity Cathedral, was built in 1894 by the colonial British government for their colonial expatriates. The sturdy fortress-like red brick structure with its rectangular bell tower, mirrors the architectural style of Churches found in England so the expats could feel at home while worshipping. This Anglican Church is also where The Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip worshipped when they visited in both 1961 and the 1990's. The serene Century-old church is still functional but is now open to both foreigners and locals for worship. The Holy Trinity Cathedral is also a popular tourist attraction and a spiritual center for the Anglican community in Accra.



The National Museum of Ghana was founded on 5 March 1957 as part of Ghana's independence celebrations, and is the largest and oldest of Ghana's six museums (under the GMMB). The museum is home to a collection of archaeological, ethnographic, and fine art objects from the Stone Age to the recent past, and includes indigenous Ghanaian items ,as well as ceremonial objects from a variety of African countries that were acquired through exchange. Its small but impressive art gallery exhibits contemporary Ghanaian paintings and sculpture pieces. The idea of establishing a national museum was first raised in the 1940s by the colonial government, which is evident in the content of the museum. The museum focuses on Africa's achievements throughout the years and does its best to exclude artifacts from the slave trade. In 2015 the museum was closed for restoration and reopened its doors in 2022 after 7 years of major renovations.



Makola Market, Accra's largest open-air market and shopping district, was built in 1924. The massive, lively and fast-paced market which overflows with goods, people, scents and sounds, is dominated by female traders. Makola offers a unique shopping experience with some of the best prices the city has to offer. The wide scope of goods and products available range from fresh produce, to meat, fish, furniture, clothing, electronics, jewelry and many more. There is no shortage of items both locally manufactured and imported. While time spent at the renowned marketplace can be intense and overwhelming, the experience gives an accurate representation of traditional West African markets and offers a glimpse into the lives of a majority of the population.


  1. It's best to go early to avoid traffic and the sun at its peak.

  2. Never accept the first price you are given; haggle for a better price.

  3. Beware of pickpockets like you'd do in any fast-paced crowded environment.

  4. Dress comfortably and cover up. Being in Makola involves a lot of walking and touching.

  5. There are very few decent public washrooms if any, so drink minimal water when going.



The Ghana National Mosque, is the second largest mosque in West Africa, with a large prayer hall that can accommodate over 15,000 worshippers. Though construction of the mosque began in 2012, the project was left dormant for almost a decade due to insufficient funds. The prominent mosque was finally inaugurated in 2021. The mosque's stunning Ottoman Revival-style architecture is a blend of traditional Islamic and modern design, with a large dome and four signature minarets that tower 65 meters over the surrounding area. The interior is decorated with hand-drawn calligraphic verses of the Quran. The mosque also has state-of-the-art facilities, including a library, a conference hall, and a cafeteria. The mosque's central location in the heart of the city makes it easily accessible to both locals and tourists who come to admire its beauty and experience the vibrant Muslim culture of Ghana.


La Beach Road is a breezy street that stretches along the coast. This road is a few miles away from most of the attractions in this article. Along the road, visitors can find delicious Ghanaian cuisine and refreshing drinks. The area is also home to numerous vendors selling a range of goods, including traditional crafts and souvenirs. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront, watch fishermen at work, or simply relax and soak up the spirited atmosphere.



La Badi is a popular beach known for its vibrant atmosphere. The beach is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike, and it offers a variety of activities such as swimming, fishing, beach soccer, horse riding and more. The beach is lined with several restaurants and bars that serve local and international cuisine, making it an excellent spot to enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink while taking in the breathtaking ocean views. LaBadi is also home to several beach resorts and hotels that provide accommodation for visitors who want to stay close to the beach. It is a perfect place to spend a day soaking up the sun and enjoying the lively energy of Accra's beach culture.


OMANYE HOUSE or Artists alliance gallery

The Omanye House, also known as Artist Alliance Gallery, is a leading contemporary art space that features works by both established and emerging artists from Ghana and across the African continent. The gallery is dedicated to bringing attention to traditional and contemporary African art. This initiative was the second concerted effort by renowned Ghanaian artist, Ablade Glover, to establish a home for fine art in Ghana. His first gallery from 1993 did not work out, but his determination eventually led to the creation of the Artist Alliance Gallery in 2008. The gallery has three floors of diverse artwork from African creatives, and has become one of the most important art venues in Ghana for supporting emerging artists.



The Arts Center is a market and cultural site that is famous for its dynamic display of African arts and crafts. The center features a diverse range of handmade items such as wood carvings, batik fabrics, beads, jewelry, and paintings. The market is known for its energetic atmosphere and the friendly banter of the vendors who often engage in haggling with their customers. The Arts Center is not only a great place to purchase unique souvenirs, but it is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of Ghana.


THE GOLDEN JUBILEE HOUSE or Presidential Palace

The Golden Jubilee House, The Flagstaff House, or The Presidential Palace, has served as a residence and office to the President of Ghana since its completion in 2008. It replaced former residence, The Osu Castle. The Jubilee House has a beautiful garden and a fountain that adds to its aesthetic appeal, which makes it the perfect as a venue for hosting state events, diplomatic meetings, and other official functions. The building is built to look like an Asante stool which represents the seat of power. It is an important symbol of Ghana's democracy and sovereignty.



Asomdwe Park is a peaceful public park known for its serene atmosphere, beautiful landscaping, and significant cultural importance. It was built in memory of Ghana's 5th President, John Evans Atta Mills, who passed away in 2012. The park features a central monument that serves as a tribute to Mills and his legacy. The park is a popular spot to relax, meditate, and enjoy nature. The surrounding gardens are filled with fish ponds, wildlife, lush greenery, and trees, creating a tranquil oasis in the bustling city. Asomdwe Park is not only a beautiful destination but also an important reminder of Ghana's political history and the contributions of its leaders.



Kane Kwei Carpentry coffin makers is a unique and fascinating business that specializes in the creation of custom-made coffins that reflect the personalities and passions of their clients. The business was founded by Kane Kwei in the 1950s, and it has since become famous around the world for its innovative and artistic designs. Kane Kwei Coffin Makers have created coffins in the shape of cars, animals, musical instruments, and even bottles of beer. The company's creations have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and have become an important part of Ghanaian cultural heritage. The Kane Kwei Carpentry coffin makers provide a fascinating insight into Ghanaian culture and the unique and creative ways in which different cultures approach death and mourning. There are now several other imitation custom carpentry shops inspired by Kane Kwei that line the nearby streets of Teshie.



The Legon Botanical Garden is a serene oasis with a vast array of tropical plants, flowers, and trees. The gardens were established in 1950 as a recreational space for the University of Ghana. The gardens feature a zip-lining and rope course, canopy walk, playground, walking trails, picnic areas, and a beautiful lake that is home to numerous aquatic species. The gardens provide a peaceful and relaxing escape from the busy streets of Accra and are an excellent opportunity to learn about Ghana's rich botanical heritage.




The Accra Zoological Garden was initially created in 1961 by Kwame Nkrumah for the sole purpose of entertaining his guests. Back then, it was located behind the Golden Jubilee House, the current location of government (See Number 10). The Zoo was moved into the Achimota Forest in 2008 after the Jubilee House was built. The relatively small and interactive zoo houses over 40 different animal species which can be observed up close. The Accra Zoo a fascinating place to view some of the diverse wildlife of the region and is a fantastic learning opportunity, especially for children. The zoo is also committed to conservation efforts and education, with various programs and activities designed to promote awareness of animal welfare and the importance of protecting endangered species.



Achimota Forest Reserve was suggested in 1930 to create a green buffer between the metropolis and the local Senior High School, but has since taken on multiple other purposes. For instance, prior to being transferred to the current Accra Zoo in Achimota, the animals from the Zoological Garden were moved to the forest reserve when the Presidential Palace was completed in 2008. The forest reserve has now become a place for prayer camps, camping and walking. Though the important national asset has been subject to encroachment and excessive degradation in more recent years, the country’s Forestry Commission leased the reserve to a private organisation in 2016 to convert into a world-class ecological park.


The home of WEB Dubois when he lived in Accra Ghana in his final years

The W.E.B. Du Bois Centre is a cultural and intellectual center dedicated to the African-American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois in 1985, who spent his final years in Ghana before passing away in 1963. The Centre is a complex of four major buildings which include the home where Dr. DuBois spent his last years, an Administrative building, the Marcus Garvey Guest House and the burial site of Dr. DuBois and his wife Shirley. The center's mission is to advance social justice and human rights through research, education, and community engagement. It is a significant site of pilgrimage for African-American visitors to Ghana, who come to learn about their ancestral roots and connect with the African diaspora. While the site is in dire need of restoration with very little to offer, The Memorial Centre still regularly hosts private and public events.



The National Theatre of Ghana is a prominent cultural institution that showcases the country's rich artistic heritage. The iconic building, which opened in 1992, features an impressive auditorium that seats over 1,500 people. The National Theatre hosts a variety of cultural events, including music, dance, and drama performances, as well as conferences and seminars. It is also home to several arts organizations and educational programs, making it a hub for Ghana's creative community. As a symbol of national pride, the National Theatre plays an essential role in promoting the country's cultural identity and artistic excellence.

This wraps up some of the Top things to do / Places to Visit in Accra. There are many other monuments and notable buildings of importance in the city like the Efua Sutherland Park, the Caledonian house, the Holy Spirit Cathedral, the Accra Sports Stadium, the Conference Center, the Trade Fair etc., and even more sites of cultural and historical significance in the rest of the country. Check back for new/updated lists and events every day. Till then, life is for living so live it up.


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