Central Accra Walk, Accra (Self Guided)

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!
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Central Accra Walk Map

Guide Name: Central Accra Walk
Guide Location: Ghana » Accra (See other walking tours in Accra)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Author: ellen
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Ghana Post Office

1) Ghana Post Office

During the period of British colonization, this was the main Ghanaian Post Office. It is located right in the heart of Accra, next to the Central Bank. The square in front of the building is used for evening movie shows. Here you can buy nice postage items: envelopes, post cards and stamps; rare old stamps from 20 years ago are also available. Moreover, the building of the Post Office is an example of beautiful colonial architecture and the monument of Mother and Children in front of it is also worth seeing.
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Makola Market

2) Makola Market (must see)

A renowned market place and shopping district in the centre of the city of Accra, Makola Market proposes a wide array of products, from car parts to land snails. The market, dominated by women traders, sells fresh produce, manufactured and imported foods, clothes, shoes, tools, medicines, and pots and pans. Jewelry made from locally handcrafted beads can also be found for sale in the market.

Makola Market is currently under the observation of Transaid, which is developing a project Transport and Trade for Market Women, designed to improve the livelihoods and security of female market traders through the development of Women’s Transports Co-operatives in Accra. For travelers going to Makola Market, keep in mind that photography of the market it not allowed.

Makola Market was constructed in Accra in 1924 and stood at the heart of the urban Ghanaian life. The market was the main wholesale and retail marketplace in Accra, the epicenter of trade in the country and one of the nation's most important social and cultural institutions.

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National Theatre

3) National Theatre (must see)

The National Theater, opened in 1992 and located in the Victoriaborg district, was built by the Chinese and offered as a gift to Ghana.

The theater has a building area of 11,896 square meters, and is sited near the junction of the Independence Avenue and Liberia Road. The elegant and imposing National Theater has a complicated construction moulding and novel exterior features. When looked at from a distance, the whole structure looks like a gigantic ship or a seagull spreading its wings. The National Theater houses the three resident companies of the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Theater Players.

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National Science Museum

4) National Science Museum (must see)

National Science Museum is the oldest and the largest museum in the country. It was founded in 1957. The museum exhibitions are focused on archaeology and ethnography but you will also find wonderful examples of local fine art. The archaeological collection includes artifacts and fossils from Stone Age to present. In the ethnographical department you will learn more about the Ghanaian people's culture through national musical instruments, traditional textile, jewelry, gold-weights and handicrafts. There is also a small art gallery with Ghanaian artists’ contemporary works.
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Holy Spirit Cathedral

5) Holy Spirit Cathedral

The Holy Spirit Cathedral is one the most notable religious buildings in the city of Accra located in Adabraka district. It was built in the middle of the 20th century by Divine Word Missionaries. Holy Spirit Cathedral belongs to the Accra Catholic Archdiocese. The building represents a wonderful example of Western architecture and has a majestic 135-feet tower.
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Efua Sitherland Children's Park

6) Efua Sitherland Children's Park

Children’s Park is a large green space named after Efua Sitherland, a Ghanaian children’s author and dramatist. Children together with their parents have fun here. The park is crowded on weekends and national holidays. The city’s cultural events and music concerts for children are often held in the park. Standing at the entrance to the park is the African Union Monument. The place is a must visit in order to witness the biodiversity of Ghana.
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Parliament House

7) Parliament House

The Parliament House of Ghana is the official seat of the Speaker of Parliament of the country and also serves as Parliament of Ghana. It also has offices which serve temporal offices of certain members of parliament. It was designed by Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana.

Today's Parliament is located in the building of the former Kwame Nkrumah Conference Center, where it moved in 1981. Nowadays, due to its convenient location in the busy area, with the neighboring State House, it is one of the most famous buildings in Central Accra and the most significant institution in the country. There is a fine square with decorative plants and palms in front of the House.
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Accra Ghana Temple

8) Accra Ghana Temple (must see)

The Accra Ghana Temple is the 117th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The building of the Accra Ghana Temple was announced on February 16, 1998. The temple in Accra is the second of three temples built in Africa and has a total of 17,500 square feet, two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms. The exterior of the temple is made of Namibia Pearl Granite and all of the materials used in the building of the temple were from the area.

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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.
Accra Waterfront Walking Tour

Accra Waterfront Walking Tour

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 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.