Monuments & Sites




Ussher Fort (Crevecoeur), Accra

Shattered by an earthquake, the Dutch Fort Creve Couer was transferred to the English in 1868. It was then partly reconstructed and named Ussher Fort, after the British administrator who had been instrumental in the Exchange of Territories between the Dutch and the English in that year. Located on the High Street, about 500m past Fort James , Ussher Fort is in the locality of James Town, by the Central Business District in Accra.

The fort previously served as a prison, until 1993. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president and a fore figure in the struggle for independence, was imprisoned there during the colonial era.

Ussher Fort currently houses a museum, as well as the offices of the Monuments Division of GMMB. The fort is in a good state.

The fort’s opening hours are Monday to Saturday (including public holidays), from 9:00am to 4:30pm.


Briggs, Philip, Ghana, Bradt Travel Guide, page 135.

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:

Briggs, Philip, Ghana, Bradt Travel Guide, page 135.
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