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“Superb piece of history”
Review of Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle
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Jersey Heritage Pass: 4 for 3 Attractions
Ranked #1 of 54 things to do in St Helier
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 29 March to 29 October- Daily - 10am to 5.30pm. We've just been nominated for a Jersey Style Award, please vote for Elizabeth Castle by searching for Jersey Style Awards 2017. Built on a rocky islet in St Aubin's Bay, Elizabeth Castle has watched over Jersey's main seaway for more than 300 years. At low tide you can walk out along the causeway or, if you want to experience a different way to travel, catch the amphibious Castle Ferry at low or high tide. Elizabeth Castle is the perfect place to spend a day exploring Jersey's history. Climb the battlements dating back to the 1590's, when Sir Walter Raleigh was Governor of Jersey from 1600 until 1603. Explore the grounds which gave refuge to King Charles II during the English Civil War and uncover the bunkers which were re-fortified to command the sea approaches to Jersey during the German Occupation in World War II. Marvel at the hermitage where St Helier is thought to have lived around 550 A.D, take part in Living History demonstrations and experience what life was like for the soldiers who were garrisoned here. Find out about our Heritage Pass - four visitor attractions for the price of three on our website or at any of our visitor attractions.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Got the ferry over and spent 3 hours wandering the castle. Over 500 years of preserved history which tells the story of this fascinating castle. Love the exhibits and the uniforms on show are perfect examples of a time long forgotten.

Then walked back over the causeway at low tide. Well worth the time and money

Thank simonfromsurrey
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

I love a bit of history and there's no shortage of it at Elizabeth Castle. Dating from Elizabethan times it has stood on the front line between England and France for more than 400 years. The Castles footprint is way bigger than it might seem from the beach so don't make the mistake that this is a 30 minute walk round the battlements. There is a fantastic collection of artillery pieces on show, ancient cannon right up to some WW2 German heavy guns, a couple of which are still in place in their original bunkers. There is fantastic daily ritual which takes place in the main courtyard from around 11:30 am where you can join the Castle militia and take part in the noon day ceremony of firing the cannon!! A humerous hour culminating in a big bang just to let the Frenchies know the English are close at hand. There is a very nice cafeteria and large lawn and last but not least the ride to and from the Castle in the a very odd looking vehicle if walking is not your cup of tea,

Thank Aardvarksrule
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We walked across the causeway at low Tide from our hotel. We were pleasantly surprised by the castle, which combines medieval history with 20th century developments well. A highlight of the visit was the very informative talk provided by a guide appropriated dressed in old army attire followed by a demonstration of cannon firing.

Thank Stuart S
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

take a trip across by either walking or on the puddle duck to be taken back in time. the castle itself is beautiful and there is plenty to explore. If you can be there in the morning in time for the "recruitment" which is great fun to watch or to participate in, this is an added bonus. Also the loading and firing of the cannon is not to be missed. There is also a very nice restaurant and clean and well apppointed toilets. the day I went the weather was lovely so that was an added bonus. this is an attraction not to be missed.

Thank janet b
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Really interesting 2 hours spent exploring the castle and its grounds - once in a little bit like a labyrinth so make sure you take time to find all the nooks and crannies.

There could have been more information as you went round, but all in all worth a visit

Thank baloobear
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