Accra became the capital of the British gold Coast in 1877, and later the Capital of Ghana after the country’s independence in 1957. It has recently been growing and developing as a city and population currently stands at roughly 2.2 million.
It is worth bearing in mind that although Ghana’s official language is English (from its colonial rule), it may not be the preferred or first language of many of its people but you should be able to get by with it.
We present our list of the top five free things to do in Accra:
5. Visit a fantasy coffin workshop
The first activity on our list of free things to do in Accra may sound like a very strange one – visiting a ‘fantasy coffin’ workshop.
It is the local Ga people’s tradition to bury their friends and relative in these unusually designed coffins. This will seem very different to the more simple and plain style that westerners are used to. They come in all shapes and sizes from fish for people who spent their lives as fishermen, to bottles of alcohol and even mobile phones.
Come visit an authentic fantasy coffin workshop to see how they are made and hear stories from their creators.
4. Artists alliance gallery
Next on our list of free things to do in Accra is a trip to the Artists Alliance Gallery. In the 1960s Abade Glover decided there needed to be a place in Ghana for the contemporary world art and African art in Ghana.
Originally named the Glo Art Gallery until 1993, the Artists alliance gallery is a three-storey building fullof fine art for you to view.
It is free unless you wish to purchase any of the art, and that might set you back anywhere between $10 and $10,000!
Makola Market is a renown marketplace in the centre of Ghana and you are able to find a huge selection of things you need (or may not need!) here. On offer are car parts to clothes, medicine to jewelry and much more.
It is full of all the life of an African market, with sounds, sights and smells of all the wares. Bear in mind it may not be a great place to take a photo because of the crowded atmosphere and potential reaction from the merchants and customers.
2. Centre for national Culture
The Centre for National Culture or also known as the Arts Centre makes it to number two on our list of free things to do in Accra.
A higher class of market than the Makola market, the Arts centre has a lot of well-made textiles carvings etc. Again , unlike the Makola you are much more likely to pick up a Ghanaian souvenir here.
The Centre is in two distinct parts; indoors and outdoors. The wares on offer will differ in whichever part you are in.
Taking the number one spot on our list of free things to do in Accra is Labadi Beach. Here you can sunbathe and relax whilst listening to some reggae tunes from the occasional live bands playing here.
Alternatively there are plenty of bars, shops and restaurants in this area if that is something you prefer.
It is a lot busier on weekends with families taking their children here and people playing football on the beach, so if you are looking for a quieter relaxing time then it is probably best to go midweek.
That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Accra, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!