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“Not much to see”
Review of Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle
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: Closed until Spring 2018. 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. 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: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Most of the castle is like a ruin with a few facilities developed for tourists. There is scant information provided and no interactive displays - much more could be made of this historic site. We sat through the surgeon's chat and that was very good and well done. Also enjoyed the trip over on the amphibious ferry!

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We had a lovely afternoon at the castle with beautiful weather, went out to the castle on the boat, charming nancy, with George taking us who was a very friendly chap!!

Once on the castle it's surprising how big it is every corner you turn it goes on and on, lovely views across the bay on such a beautiful day.

After walking around the castle there is a little cafe which sells hot drinks, homemade cakes and beer!

The ladies decided to take the boat back while the men chose to walk once the tide had gone out, they thoroughly enjoyed the walk but was very rough under foot as it was covered with snails. Great way to spend an afternoon.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This was a great find. The castle looks impressive from the shoreline, but after a trip on the amphibious bus through the rising tide, we found that it was even bigger. Great for the kids to explore. Be prepared for lots of steps if you want to go to the top, but it is worth it for the view of the whole of the bay.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

A must for anyone visiting St Helier. an be easily reached by foot at low tide or take a trip on the amphibious bus. Either way a very relaxing and informative way to spend a day.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Loved the Amphibious trip and the History. Lots to see and explore, its own little harbour, museum of past inhabitants. Useful café, room to walk about, take the sun and read, before a return journey. Great experience

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