50 things to do in Accra and Ghana • Sights, heritage and history

With tips on everything from Accra's best restaurants and shops to museums and sightseeing – read our ultimate guide to things to do in Accra

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Crafts on show at the Arts Centre

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Although described as an Arts Centre, this is in fact a sprawling market selling all manner of crafts, textiles, musical instruments, antiques and pretty much anything else you can imagine. It’s an intense experience.

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  1. 28th February Road, near Kwame Nkrumah Monument
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The story of Ghana at the National Museum

  • Critics choice

Despite being a little tired around the edges, the content of the National Museum is impressive. It’s a good idea to hit this place first to provide some context to the remarkable, and often brutal, history that has made Ghana the Black Star of Africa today.

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  •  Ghana's history in pictures

  1. Barnes Road, Adabraka
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Hero worship at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

  • Critics choice

See how national heroes are built at the mausoleum of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president and one of its founding fathers. Across the five acres of land are a museum, statues, manicured gardens and, of course,  the mausoleum itself.

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  1. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park & Mausoleum, High Street
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More hero worship at the WEB Du Bois Centre

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, the African-American civil rights activist and 'Father of Pan-Africanism' became a citizen of Ghana in the 1960s. The centre, where he and his wife once lived and are now buried, tells his story.

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  1. Off 2nd Circular Road, Cantonments
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History and hustle in Jamestown

Jamestown is undoubtedly one of Accra’s most atmospheric regions, and despite the poverty it is largely safe and very friendly. It is the oldest area in Accra and steeped in both colonial history and local life.

See more on the Jamestown Lighthouse
  •  Area guide to Jamestown and Usher Town

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