While not as marketed widely as a tourist destination like its sister nations Egypt and Morocco, Ghana should not be overlooked for traveling. It may still be regarded as a developing country by many, but there is still much to enjoy and explore. Over the years, tourism has slowly boosted business for the arts and crafts industry and the local tour agencies in the capital city of Accra. The people are also known to be warm and friendly and relish having a good time at the beach or at one of the nightclubs at the famous Oxford Street. The most important thing is not to feel like a stranger, but to pace yourself to get used to a local’s way of life. This is crucial if you want to have a good time in Accra. You have come to the right place if you are doing some travel research about the city. Take a look at our list of the many things to do in Accra, Ghana.
1. Unfurl your senses at the Artists Alliance Gallery
Those who appreciate contemporary works of art, such as painting and sculptures, will probably spend quite some time at the Artists Alliance Gallery. Here, you will find three floors filled with colorful masterpieces crafted by established and aspiring local artists. Who knows, you might come across that missing ornament to make your home complete. Otherwise, it is a good place to seek some inspiration. Prices are fixed and non-negotiable as the proceedings greatly support the artist’s ambitions. Do look out for elaborately designed coffins!
Artists Alliance Gallery
Address: La Rd, Accra, Ghana
Website: Artists Alliance Gallery
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm
2. Learn about the life of Pan-Africanist W.E.B Du Bois
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (W.E.B Du Bois) was a well-known American activist who campaigned for equal civil rights and increased political representation for the African-American communities in the U.S. He first set foot in Ghana in 1960 to celebrate the country’s creation. Touched by his unrelenting dedication and service for the minority voice, the first Ghanian president gave him Ghanaian citizenship and invited him to help on an encyclopedia project for the African diaspora. William Edward would continue his work for another two years before passing away at the age of 95. The W.E.B Du Bois memorial center was constructed in memory of him. The center also acts as a tourist attraction, where visitors are able to see displays of W.E.B Du Bois’s life works that have inspired many who are looking to making a difference in their community.
W.E.B Du Bois Memorial Center
Address: NO.22 First Circular Road, Cantonment, Accra, Ghana
Website: W.E.B Du Bois Memorial Center
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9:30am - 4:30pm; Sat: 10am - 1pm (closed on Sun)
3. Acquire knowledge at the National Museum of Ghana
Opened on the eve of Ghana’s independence in 1957, the National Museum of Ghana features unique and colorful exhibits that have deep roots in Ghanaian culture and history. Be sure to take your time and explore numerous artifacts like musical instruments, archaeological finds, textiles and tribal masks from other African countries. The museum is opened daily so do put this in your itinerary if this is of interest to you.
National Museum of Ghana
Address: 2 Barnes Road, Accra, Ghana
Website: National Museum of Ghana
Opening hours: 9:30am - 4:30pm (daily)
4. Visit a fantasy coffin workshop at Kane Kwei Carpentry
We won’t blame you if you went on an internet search for an image of a fantasy coffin and let out a gasp of surprise. At first glance, these coffins seem bizarre but their beauty slowly endears as you keep looking at them. Here is a bit of trivia knowledge for you. These truly unique masterpieces were exclusive to Ghana for a period of time until they were shown to a wider audience in Paris in 1989. The Ghanaian artist Kane Kwei is said to be a pioneer in fantasy coffin making and he paved the way for others to follow in his footsteps. Visit his workshop, which is now owned by his descendants, to see more of these coffins.
Kane Kwei Carpentry workshop
Address: Teshie-Nungua, Teshie Rd, Accra, Ghana
Website: Kane Kwei Carpentry workshop
5. Pay your respects at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
The late Kwame Nkrumah was Ghana’s first prime minister and the president who led the country to independence from the British in 1957. A firm believer of Pan-Africanism, he went on to establish a strong national education system for his people among many other notable achievements that established key infrastructures for the nation. The memorial park was erected in memory of his life’s work. You can also visit the subterranean mausoleum and museum, where the mortal remains of Kwame Nkrumah are housed. A separate part of the museum houses personal artifacts and publications that once belonged to this great man.
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Address: High St, Accra, Ghana
Website: Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)
6. Climb the famous Jamestown lighthouse and explore the district
One of the oldest districts in Ghana, Jamestown is a lively and vibrant coastal district that is frequented by locals and international visitors alike. Here, you will find many old colonial buildings and historical traces that tell a story of an old fishing community during its colonial days. If you’re looking to have a slow day in Accra, Jamestown is the place to unwind. Have a cool and refreshing beverage at one of many cafes, start a friendly chat with some of the locals or visit its famed red and white lighthouse for a quick Instagram photo.
Address: 600 Bruce Rd, Accra, Ghana
7. Shop till you drop at Makola Market
Want to experience beauty in the midst of organized street chaos? If you are game for it, then you should make a trip to the buzzing Makola Market that is just south of Jamestown. It is easy to get daunted by the busy street traffic but you should be safe as long as you keep a close lookout for oncoming vehicles. Once you reach the market, you will be able to find a wide array of goods, ranging from food ingredients to textiles and other unique items. Feel free to bargain for lower prices but be prepared to exercise a bit of patience to get the price you want. Above all, be nice and leave a good impression behind!
Address: Osc 384 Makola Shopping Mall, Kojo Thompson Rd, Accra, Ghana
Website: Makola Market
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6am - 5pm (closed on Sun)
8. Visit the vibrant bars and nightclubs at Oxford Street
Life in Accra does not stop when the sun goes down over the horizon. In fact, it is quite the opposite. The locals and tourists would usually flock to their favorite watering hole that is located along the famous Oxford Street. You can find many cafes and pubs with live music bands and nightclubs that play the latest Afrobeats hits. Let your hair down, get your party shoes on and go dance as the locals do.
Nightlife along Oxford Street
Address: Oxford Street, Accra, Ghana
9. Soak in the sun at Labadi Beach
Situated along the shimmering Ghanaian coastline is Labadi Beach, or officially known as La Pleasure Beach to the local community. You can expect to do many beach activities, like swimming in the sea or playing some volleyball or beach soccer. Quenching your thirst should not be an issue, as you can find many beach bars ready to offer you a cool drink. Do note that the beach is usually more crowded on Fridays and Saturdays as rave dance parties take center stage when the night falls.
Address: Along La Road, Accra, Ghana
10. Catch some soccer fever at the Astros Ghana
Ask a local about his favorite sport and chances are high that the reply would be soccer. In fact, the whole of Africa is soccer crazy. There are thousands of aspiring players aim to become professionals to represent their national team or to even go abroad to play with the elites in Europe. This is no exception in Ghana, where you can find both children and adult playing the sport with a passion. If you too are soccer crazy and would like to have a casual game with the locals and foreigners alike, you can stop by the Astros Ghana pitch for a kickabout.
Address: Kojo Ashong Ave, Accra, Ghana
Website: Astros Ghana
Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)
11. Sample some delicious Ghanaian staple food at Buka
Come have a taste of modern Ghanaian cuisine at the trendy Buka restaurant, whose humble beginnings started in 2003. It is one of the go-to places for the international traveler who is new to the taste of Ghanaian staple food. We suggest trying a stew dish, as it is full of herbs and spices. The price is relatively affordable and should not burn a hole in your wallet. Do alert the staff if you are allergic to certain spices and they will gladly cater to your needs.
Address: 10th Street ,Osu, Accra, Ghana
Website: Buka Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 9pm (closed on Sun)
Price: 11 - 25 USD
12. Take a walk at the Legon Botanical Gardens
What do you get when you combine a safe outdoor activities space with lush and scenic greenery? The answer is the Legon Botanical Gardens, a one-of-a-kind adventure park that people of all ages and sizes can enjoy. You can embark on a canopy walk, row a canoe in the lake or conquer your fear of heights at the high rope course! Each activity comes with a fee and it is also recommended that you wear the appropriate clothing to prevent injuries.
Legon Botanical Gardens
Address: Agbogba Junction, Off Haatso-Atomic Rd, Accra, Ghana
Website: Legon Botanical Gardens
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 6pm
Price: 7 USD onwards
Fancy trading the urban walls and streets of Accra for more natural surroundings just for a day? Then you should check out this full-day guided tour that takes you on a trip to the extensive Aburi Botanical Gardens and Shai Hills Resource Reserve. You will see plenty of plant and wildlife that are native to Ghana, as well as unique archaeological sites. You will also stop by a local woodcarvers village, where you can try to do some woodcarving! Do note that food and drinks are not provided on this tour.
Aburi Botanical Gardens and Shai Hills Tour
Duration 6 hours
14. Check out the Black Star Gate monument
Situated across from the Accra sports stadium is a beautiful monument that has four distinct black stars on top of its structure. The words ‘Freedom and Justice’ are etched firmly across the wall. This is none other than Black Star Gate and it was built in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ghana. The monument is part of Independence Square, which is also the site that holds the celebrations of Ghana’s independence day on 6th March every year. Other national festivals and events are held here throughout the year. This is a fantastic spot to take some nice photos to commemorate your visit.
Black Star Gate
Address: 28th February Rd, Bossman Street, Independence Square, Accra, Ghana
Website: Black Star Gate
Opening hours: 24/7
15. Have some fun at the Millionaires Casino Accra
Located inside the upmarket and elegant Golden Tulip Accra hotel, the intimate Millionaires Casino is a tourism award-winning establishment that attracts over 50,000 guests per year. The casino prides itself in having the latest gaming technology and providing quality service to entertain guests. Try your hand at the slots machine or think of a winning strategy at a high stakes poker game. We wish you the best of luck and we also encourage you to gamble responsibly too.
Millionaires Casino Accra
Address: Liberation Road, Accra, Ghana
Website: Millionaires Casino Accra
Opening hours: 1pm - 5am (daily)
16. Taste delicious chocolates at '57 Chocolate
Experience the sweet richness of true artisanal chocolate created by two sisters who are passionate in their craft. Naming their business ‘57 Chocolate, their product is well-known in Ghana and has also been featured extensively in various international blogs. If you have the chance and the right amount of people, you can request to have a special chocolate tasting session organized for your party. You will savor five different types of chocolate and also get to take home a box of chocolates too.
Website: ‘57 Chocolate
Price: 12 USD onwards
This tour is a diehard shopaholic’s dream come true, as you will be taken to most of Ghana’s famed markets and galleries to satisfy your shopping cravings. After picking you up from your accommodation at an agreed time, you will be visiting markets such as Makola, Arts Centre, Artist Alliance and others located at Oxford Street and the Tetteh Quarshie area. You are free to choose your pick-up time, so be sure to plan carefully. Happy shopping!
SHOPPING TOUR OF ACCRA
18. Revel in the casual ambiance at Republic Bar and Grill
Located just off Oxford Bar is the cozy Republic Bar and Grill, a cosmopolitan bar where friendly locals and tourists bond over traditional food and unique drinks. Entertainment is an absolute guarantee, as there is usually a live band performance or karaoke sessions that will keep the crowd buzzing. Try their Kokroko drink concoction which has a hibiscus flower in it, or an alcoholic ginger shot infused with Ghanaian herbs. Don’t forget to try some of the grilled meats here too.
Republic Bar and Grill
Address: Asafoatse Tempong St, Accra, Ghana
Website: Republic Bar and Grill
Opening hours: 12pm - 4am (daily)
Price: 11 - 30 USD
19. Take a leap back in time at the historic Osu Castle
This UNESCO World Heritage site was built in the 17th century and was once the property of numerous European nations before it officially became Ghana’s after her independence. At one point in time, it even served as the residential grounds of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah. Today, it has been converted into a presidential museum where visitors can see important artifacts that paint a colorful history of a developing nation.
Address: Castle Dr, Accra, Ghana
Website: Osu Castle
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm (closed Sat - Sun)
This half-day tour brings you straight into the heart of an African safari situated in the Shai Game Reserve, which was once occupied by the Shai people of the Osudoku district. You will get to experience wildlife in their natural surroundings, such as zebras, baboons, ostriches, antelopes and many other animals native to Africa. Do note that food and drinks are not provided during the tour.
21. Enjoy the architectural sights of the Accra Central Mosque
Boasting amazing and intricate architectural designs with a hint of Turkish influence, the Accra Central Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in the capital. It is not surprising to see people getting awe-struck by this marvelous piece of structure. Those who belong to the Muslim faith are welcomed to go inside and participate in a round of prayers on Friday evenings.
Accra Central Mosque
Address: Abose-Okai Rd, Accra, Ghana
Opening hours: Mon & Fri: Open 24 hours (closed Tue - Thu, Sat - Sun)
22. Walk along the hallowed walls of Ussher Fort
Built by the Dutch in 1649 during Ghana’s colonial period, Ussher Fort was later converted into a prison where it housed many political prisoners. Thankfully, it no longer serves this function today. Instead, it houses a museum that educates the public on Ghana’s slave trade history. You can also walk the hallowed grounds of the fort to see some partially restored prison cells and imagine what life was like for its prisoners.
Address: James Town, Accra, Ghana
Website: Ussher Fort
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 4:30pm (closed on Sun)
Price: 2 USD
23. Attend a worship service at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, La Bethel
This protestant church was started by Swiss missionaries in 1828 and has grown from strength to strength over the course of its hundred-year history. Today, it has over 500,000 members and has contributed to making Christianity the largest religion in Ghana. Worship services at the Presbyterian Church are usually lively and soul-soothing, and you should consider attending one no matter your religious faith.
Presbyterian Church of Ghana, La Bethel
Address: La Rd, Accra, Ghana
24. Learn about Afro-Brazilian colonial history at the Brazil House
Located in the vicinity of Jamestown is a little museum dedicated to a group of Tabon people, or Afro-Brazilian, who returned to Ghana after spending many years as slaves in Brazil. Known as the Brazil House, it was originally built by the Tabon as a tribute to their rich heritage and unique traditions. Today, visitors can visit the site to learn more about their history and community.
Address: Adjacent to Evans Anfom Rd, Accra, Ghana
Website: Brazil House
Have an awesome time in Accra
As you can probably tell by now, the key to enjoying Accra is to simply revel in the small joys that this city offers. It may not have the bright lights of other city capitals, but it definitely has her own charm. We hope you have a splendid time in Ghana.
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