Jamestown Tours

Jamestown
Travelers in search of Accra’s colonial past will likely find themselves in the streets of Jamestown, a densely-populated fishing village located to the west of Kwame Nkrumah Avenue. The towering lighthouse, built by the British in 1871, is a popular destination among visitors who flock to this part of town seeking a touchstone to history. But visitors say this once thriving neighborhood is now worn down—gripped by poverty, yet still vibrantly alive. 

Travelers can climb to the top of the iconic lighthouse, then wander the parameter of Fort James, a former prison built by the British in the 17th Century. These nods to the past prove popular destinations, but visitors say it’s the energy of the town and the sense of community that make this once colonial enclave truly worth a visit.

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Jamestown is located east of the Korle Lagoon. Visit the Bukom district, where boxing is a serious business. More than 20 schools line the streets and matches are guaranteed to be worth watching.
Address: Jamestown, Ghana
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Accra Cultural Walking Tour: Arts, Crafts and Industry

Discover Accra’s rich creative and cultural heritage on a 3-hour, small-group walking tour of the city, and meet the artists, craftspeople and artisans who live and work on Ghana’s vibrant coast. Watch a shoemaker craft shoes by hand using locally-produced leather, and learn how bakers use traditional clay ovens to produce distinctive crusty loaves. See fishermen sing as they haul in their daily catch then visit a local factory where workers transform scrap metal into ingenious tools, finely-wrought jewelry and works of art.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Accra Architecture and Neighborhoods Tour

Explore Accra’s Danish, Dutch and Jamestown neighborhoods on a 3-hour walking tour that takes in the architectural highlights of this historic seaside city. Follow your guide through streets lined with pre-colonial buildings, and hear the stories behind the elegant homes and imposing mansions built by the first Dutch and Danish colonizers. Follow the thread of colonial rule into the Ga-Mashie neighborhood of Jamestown, then make a final stop at the oldest hotel in Accra, now an atmospheric ruin at the water’s edge.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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