One of Accra’s oldest neighborhoods, Jamestown was built around (and named after) the 17th-century James Fort—the British colonial administration’s headquarters and center for the transatlantic slave trade. Over the years, however, Jamestown also became an epicenter of resistance against colonial rule and a place of revolution and freedom, the threads of which can still be seen in the neighborhood’s streets to this day.
While James Fort is still one of Jamestown’s most popular attractions—along with Jamestown lighthouse, the Jamestown fishing harbor, and nearby Ussher Fort (a 17th-century Dutch fort)—the main draw to the neighborhood isn’t so much its historical buildings as its art and culture. In fact, Jamestown has become so well known for its colorful art that it now hosts Africa’s biggest street art festival every August, attracting visitors from around the globe. One of the best ways to explore Jamestown is to join a local walking tour, where you’ll visit all the historic sites and have the chance to learn more about the neighborhood.