Accra Waterfront Walking Tour, Accra

Accra, the capital of Ghana, sitting on the Gulf of Guinea coast in West Africa, is a charming city renowned for its golden sand beaches and bustling nightlife. Wandering along its coastline, enjoying the Atlantic breeze, you will find alongside many entertainment venues a number of historic sites as well. The most prominent of them, undoubtedly, is the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park commemorating Ghana’s first president. There are also several old forts worth checking out. To learn more about these and other attractions of Accra's Waterfront, take this tour and immerse yourself deeper in the history and culture of Ghana.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Accra Waterfront Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Accra Waterfront Walking Tour
Guide Location: Ghana » Accra (See other walking tours in Accra)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Author: ellen
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James Town Lighthouse

1) James Town Lighthouse

Today’s lighthouse was built instead of an old Jamesfort Light dating back to 1871. It is located in the James Town district of Accra and was erected in the 1930s. The Lighthouse is the highest point of the place, and it is seen from a distance up to 16 nautical miles. It is a stone structure, 30 meters high, and is still operating today. Taking photos of the construction is forbidden, but you can get official permission.
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James Fort

2) James Fort

Built in the middle of the 17th century as a trade centre, the James Fort later became a slave fort. It is situated in the oldest part of the city. During the British colonization, the fort served as the main centre of administration. Today it houses a prison but it is not possible to visit it. Moreover, as is the case for numerous other buildings in Accra, it is prohibited to take photos of it.
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Ussher Fort

3) Ussher Fort

Ussher Fort is a fort built by the Dutch in 1649 as. Part of the Dutch Gold Coast, Fort Crèvecœur was one of three forts that Europeans built in the region during the middle of the 17th Century. The Anglo-Dutch Gold Coast Treaty from 1867, which defined areas of influence on the Gold Coast, transferred it to the British in 1868. Ussher Fort is currently being restored with funds from the European Commission and UNESCO. The purpose is to convert it to a museum and International Documentation Centre.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Osekan Restaurant

4) Osekan Restaurant

Osekan Restaurant attracts lots of visitors, not only by its proximity to the Gulf of Guinea but also thanks to its friendly ambience and excellent service. Get a table, order a fried chicken and some drinks and enjoy the sights of the coast. The prices are reasonable and the food is good. Here you will see the most picturesque sunset in the city.
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Holy Trinity Cathedral

5) Holy Trinity Cathedral (must see)

Holy Trinity Cathedral is an Anglican church built in 1894, the period of British colonization. In 1949, the church obtained the status of Cathedral. The Cathedral is located on 28th February Road in a busy area with a lot of shops, banks and offices. It is famous because The Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip worshipped here.
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Supreme Court's Monument

6) Supreme Court's Monument

In front of a building with beautiful architecture, the Supreme Court, you will see three bronze busts glittering in the African sunshine. These are statues of judges that were murdered for their jobs. The attack took place in 1982, a time of instability and military control. Every year on June 30th, the memorial ceremony is held in front of the Court and the three statues of murdered judges.
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Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

7) Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park (must see)

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park was dedicated to the first president of the country who led Ghana to independence from British colonization. He was recognized as “Man of the millennium” of Ghana. There is a monument of Kwame Nkrumah and his mausoleum in the park. You can also visit a small museum to learn more about the life and activity of Ghana's most important person of the 20th century, through books, photographs and other objects.
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Center for National Culture

8) Center for National Culture

The Center for National Culture is the best place to learn the specialty of local art and culture. It was established in 1982. The center specializes in such arts and crafts as ceramics and pottery, rattle making, weaving, wood carving, painting and sculpture. There is also an Art Gallery, cafes and restaurants and a textile market where you can buy various art objects and handicrafts. The Center for National Culture often organizes theater and dance performances and local music concerts.
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Independence Square

9) Independence Square (must see)

Independence Square (also known as "Black Star Square") is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ghana. It was built in 1961 and it contains monuments to Ghana's independence struggle, including the Independence Arch, Black Star Gate, and the Liberation Day Monument. The Independence Square is the second largest City Square in the world after the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. With a capacity of about 30,000 people, the Black Star Square is a site for Ghana's Independence Day parades which falls on the 6th of March every year and for all major national public gatherings and national festivals.

As of 2011, the Independence Arch is guarded by several soldiers who prohibit people of taking close up pictures of the Arch and asking visitors for official permission, but you are free to take pictures of the area. There is also a fascinating view of the Guinea Gulf.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Osu Castle

10) Osu Castle (must see)

Osu Castle, also known as Fort Christiansborg is a castle on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean's Gulf of Guinea.The first substantial fort was built by the Danish in the 1660s, though the castle has changed hands between Denmark, Portugal, the Akwamu, the British, and finally post-Independence Ghana, and was rebuilt numerous times.

For most of the castle's history it has been the seat of government in Ghana with some interruptions. Osu Castle remains the seat of government in Ghana, employing 2,100 workers. The present castle is made up of various extensions to the original and is thus in an unorthodox shape; additional rooms were built in order to accommodate Queen Elizabeth II's visit in 1961, one year after Ghana became a republic. Osu Castle is not open to the public, and photography of it is restricted.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Accra, Ghana

Create Your Own Walk in Accra

Create Your Own Walk in Accra

Creating your own self-guided walk in Accra is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Central Accra Walk

Central Accra Walk

Accra is one of the most popular destinations in Western Africa. It has a lot of unique attractions to visit. The National Museum will teach you about the history and culture of this city. It also has several well preserved forts dating back to the British colonization period. Shopping at local markets is a great pleasure. Take the following tour to discover the wonderful city of Accra!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Accra for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Accra has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Accra, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.