Although not as popular a tourist destination as Accra, Kumasi has some landmarks worth seeing.
From the Manhyia Palace to Kejetia market, there are many sites to see and keep you entertained.
Thus, this article is for you if you want to visit Kumasi and need a guide to go around the city. If you also want to know about the tourist attractions in other parts of Ghana, you can check out tourist attractions in Accra, the Central, and the western region.
Read on as I share with you some prominent tourist sites in Kumasi.
Manhyia Palace Museum
This tourist site was initially the first palace, now turned historical museum and is found within the Manhyia Palace.
Built-in 1925 for the Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I, it currently serves to commemorate the kings, queens and leaders of Ashantiland and share Ghana’s rich ancestry with future generations.
The museum houses old Royal regalia, medals, furniture, drums, photographs and palanquins.
Visitors are provided with presentations explaining the history of Ashantiland and are allowed to view gold weights and bracelets.
Professional tour guides are present to take you through the facilities and answer all questions.
The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and can be reached on 0322023680. The entry fee is GHS 10
Okomfo Anokye Sword Site
You can find this immovable sword at the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital on Stewart Avenue in Kumasi.
An important piece in Ashanti history, this sword was driven into the ground by the traditional priest Okomfo Anokye over 300 years ago.
Despite attempts, no one has been able to remove it from the ground, and it is widely believed that the Ashanti state will collapse should someone ever pull it from the ground.
Don’t hesitate to visit this historical landmark as you may come across the Asantehene, who regularly comes and pays his respects.
Since it is situated in the hospital, you don’t need to pay any money to view it.
Kumasi Fort And Military Museum
This popular landmark was built by the Ashanti king Osei Tutu Kwamina, who wanted it to resemble the forts built along the coasts by European merchants.
Although destroyed at a point, it was completely rebuilt and converted into a museum by the British during World War II.
It is one of the few military museums in Africa and is located in the Vadodara Barracks in Kumasi.
Presently, the museum displays many artefacts, military equipment, anti-aircraft guns, photographs, armoured cars, medals and other objects used in the British-Asante war of 1990 and during the Second World War.
It is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Sundays and public holidays.
A guided tour of the fort and museum costs GHS 5; its contact number is 0322023103.
This tourist attraction is located on Kejetia Road and occupies the area between the old race course, the Kumasi Centre for National Culture and the Kejetia Bus Terminal.
The contact number is 0245342317, and the opening hours are daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Kumasi Zoo has on display captive local fauna to satisfy visitors’ curiosity. It also offers a sanctuary for orphaned animals and engages in breeding endangered species while offering a venue for relaxation and recreation.
It has over 40 animal species, including carnivores, primates, rodents, reptiles, ungulates and birds.
Prices range from GHS 2-10 for locals and GHS 5-20 for foreigners.
One of the well-known recreational centres in Kumasi, Rattray park, is located on Victoria Opoku Ware Street in Kumasi.
It is open each week from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm and can be reached via the number 0206018820.
This serene park, named after Robert Sutherland Rattray, is perfect for holding picnics with friends.
Guests can chat with friends in a covered area, sip cold drinks and dance to good music, watch televised soccer and other sports, dip in the swimming pool, or view the airforce aircraft on the premises.
Guests can also take a stroll around the park during the day. The entry fee is GHS 10 per person, but to use the swimming pool comes at an additional GHS 30.
There are some tourist attractions to visit in Kumasi. At the Manhyia Palace museum, you can view important regalia, medals and palanquins. For enquiries, you can call 0322023680.
The Komfo Anokye sword site is open in the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
You can reach Kumasi fort and military museum on 0322023103, Kumasi Zoo on 0245342317 and Rattray park on 0206018820.