Christiansborg Castle is located just off the shores of the vibrant township of Osu, in Ghana’s capital Accra. In 1661, Jost Cramer, the Danish governor of the Cape Coast fort, Fort Fredericksborg, obtained the site for 3,200 gold florins, from Paramount Chief Okaikoi of the Ga ethnic group.

At this site, the Danes built a stone fort in 1659, to replace the earthen lodge that had been erected by the Swedish African Company in the 17th century. They named it Christiansborg, meaning ‘Christian’s Fortress’, after the King of Denmark, Christian IV, who passed away in 1648.

A mutiny in 1679 resulted in the assassination of the fort’s Danish commander. The new leader, a Greek named Bolten, later sold the fort to the former Portuguese governor of Sao Tome. The Portuguese christened it ‘St. Francis Xavier’, added on a Roman Catholic chapel, and further fortified its bastions. A lack of trade success caused the Portuguese to resell the fort to the Danes in 1683, after a four-year occupancy.

Danish rule was once again challenged and deposed ten years later by the powerful trader and chief Assameni, and his men, from the inland state of Akwamu. Assameni had previously infiltrated the Danish household by working as a cook. He retained control of the fort, trading successfully with all nations, for almost a year. In 1694, he resold the fort to the Danes for the substantial sum of 50 marks of gold. He, however, did not return the keys of the castle. The castle keys have since been a part of the stool property of Akwamu.

Escalating Danish trade, initially in gold, then in slaves, necessitated further expansions of the castle such that finally the castle almost quadrupled its original size. The abolition of the slave trade by Denmark in1803 resulted in a severe trade slump. The castle was sold to the British in 1850.

After 1876, British colonial governors ruled from the castle. They abandoned it from 1890 to 1901, when it was used as a constabulary mess, and later as a psychiatric asylum. Christiansburg Castle, initially reestablished as the seat of government in 1902, now accommodates the offices that were formerly utilized by past Presidents of Ghana, showcasing its rich historical significance.

The castle is now open to the public.

The castle’s opening hours are 9:00am to 4:30pm daily.

Entrance fees are as follows:

Lower & Upper Primary GH¢    5.00
JHS Students GH¢ 6.00
SHS Students GH¢    6.00
Tertiary Students / Volunteers with ID GH¢ 10.00
Ghanaian Adults GH¢    20.00
Non-Ghanaian Lower & Upper Primary GH¢ 20.00
Non-Ghanaian JHS/SHS with ID GH¢  30.00
Non-Ghanaian Tertiary Students / Volunteers with ID GH¢ 60
Non-Ghanaian Adults GH¢  80.00

*Entrance fees were reviewed in 1st July 2023.

Contact Details:

2 Barnes Road, Adabraka, Accra
P.O. Box GP 3343, Accra
Telephone: +233-302 221633/221635
Fax: +233-302 222401
E-mail Address:

Source: Anquandah, Kwesi J., Castles and Forts of Ghana, 1999, page 31.

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