Vistor Sites

 

Built on a rocky islet in St Aubin's Bay, Elizabeth Castle has watched over Jersey’s main seaway for more than 400 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 end a day exploring Jersey's history. Climb the battlements dating back to the 1590’s, when Sir Walter Raleigh was Governor of Jersey. Explore the grounds which gave refuge to King Charles II during the English Civil War and uncover the bunkers which were re-fortified during the German Occupation. 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.

Top 5 things to do at Elizabeth Castle

1) Enjoy the spectacle of the Midday Parade and cannon firing.

2) Take in the breathtaking views around the bay and the south coast of Jersey from the top of the Mount.

3) See the St Helier Hermitage and take a stroll to the end of the breakwater, which extends 1.5 miles out to sea.

4) Meet the Regimental Surgeon to hear tales of the past (see living history schedule)

5) Visit the Castle Café and enjoy the Café Garden

 

You can take a virtual tour of Elizabeth Castle or find out more about Jersey's military history  by downloading the free audio guides from the trails and tours section of the website.

Opening times:

1 January to 22 March - Closed
23 March to 30 October- Daily - 10am to 5.30pm or dusk
31 October - 31 December - Closed

 

Tel: 01534 723971

GPS: Lat. 49.1754 Long. -2.1256

Admission:
FREE for Members 

Find out about the Heritage Pass - Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3

Castle & Ferry:

Child £9.85
Student £9.85
Family £41.60
Adult £13.25
Senior £12.20

Castle Only:

Child £7.30
Student £7.30
Family £32.00
Adult £10.70
Senior £9.65

 

Discover Jersey's maritime past in this uniquely interactive museum where you can see, touch, hear and even smell the exhibits.

Jersey’s landscape and history have been shaped by the sea and this museum tells the story of the Island’s unique maritime environment and rich seafaring past. Set by the historic harbour of St Helier, the Maritime Museum is all about seafaring, navigation and the elements, told through the stories of Jersey people.

Absorb yourself in interactive exhibits, understand the tides and learn how to design and float a ship. Immerse yourself in songs and stories of the sea, and investigate the Island's myths and legends.  The Maritime Museum brings alive Jersey's maritime past.  

Also on site the Occupation Tapestry Gallery 

Winner of Visit England ‘Best Told Story’ Accolade

Exhibition - Opens March 2016

The Diana Story - a little boat with a big story!

Top 5 things to do at the Maritime Museum

1) Find out about Jersey's seafood, beach culture and seaside entertainment 

2) Get interactive in the Globe Room and climb on board the rocking Ship’s Cabin

3) The Occupation Tapestry & Liberation Exhibition

4) Step outside to see the historic boats (Fiona, Howard D, Florence and Jessie ) floating in the marina.

5) Enjoy the interactive fun for all the family

Take a look at the restoration work being carried out on one of our historic boats where every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you can watch the ancient and declining art of boat-building as the team restore classic boats.

Also on display is ‘The Art of the Model Maker’ which features models of HMS Jersey, Philippe de Carteret’s HMS Swallow, the Red Cross Ship Vega and many more. Find out how HMS Havick, a flush deck sloop, which the Dutch built in 1784. After her capture she was commissioned into the Royal Navy and served in the English Channel until she was wrecked in St Aubin’s Bay during a terrible storm in November 1800. The items on display give an insight into the lives of ordinary seamen in Nelson’s navy, as well as relating the trauma of the fateful shipwreck.

Opening times

Open every Sunday  from 10am to 4pm

 

Address: New North Quay, St Helier

Tel: 01534 811 043

GPS: Lat. 49.1815 Long. -2.1101

Admission:

Find out about the Heritage Pass - Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3
FREE for Members & Jersey Pass Holders

Child £5.75
Student £5.75
Family £26.45
Adult £9.15
Senior £8.10
Tapestry £4.50

 

Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, Merchant's House presents history from 250,000 years ago when the first people arrived in Jersey and continues through the centuries to explore the factors that have shaped this unique Island and the people who live here. Find out about Jersey’s link with the English Crown despite being so close to France; listen to Jèrriais( Jersey-French) being spoken; learn about the Island's traditional farming industry and watch fascinating archive footage of the early years of tourism.

The Story of Jersey has won the Visit England ‘Best Told Story’ Accolade.

Step inside the beautifully restored Merchant’s House and enter the drama of a Victorian family in crisis. TOn the evening of 27th August 1869, a momentous decision was taken by the family that lived at No 9 Pier Road. Dr Charles Ginestet persuaded his wife Jeanne that they should abandon their beautiful home and flee to France to start a new life. They would be leaving behind friends and family but also a nightmare of debts and legal proceeding.

 

Top 5 things to do at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, Merchant's House

1) Go back in time to the 19th century with a visit to the beautifully restored, gas-lit Merchant’s House.

2) Discover Jersey’s Ice Age history with our  Jersey: Ice Age Island Exhibition

3) See the Lillie Langtry pieces on display

4) Take a look at the Story of Jersey Treasures

5) Visit the Blampied exhibition and discover a quintessential Jersey artist

 

Opening times:

2016
2 January to 29 February - Every Saturday - 10am to 4pm
29 February to 19 March - Monday to Saturday - 9am to 5pm (closed Sunday)
20 March to 1 October - Monday to Saturday - 8.30am to 5pm and Sunday - 10am to 5pm
2 October to 30 October - Monday to Saturday - 9am to 5pm and Sunday - 10am to 5pm
31 October to 31 December - Monday to Saturday - 9am to 4pm and Sunday - 10am to 4pm
24, 25, 26 and 31 December  - Closed

2017
Closed Sunday 1 January 2017

Address: The Weighbridge, St Helier, JE2 3NG

Tel: 01534 633 300

GPS: Lat. 49.1825 Long. -2.1071

Admission:
FREE for Members

Find out about the Heritage Pass - Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3

Child £5.15
Student £5.15
Family £25.75
Adult £9.30
Senior £8.25

 

 

Mont Orgueil Castle has cast its imposing shadow over the beautiful fishing port of Gorey for more than 800 years. One of the finest examples of a medieval fortress in existence, Mont Orgueil has witnessed many of the key events that have shaped Jersey’s history.

Explore the network of staircases, towers and secret rooms to discover gruesome tales and hidden treasures.  

Learn the story of the Castle through specially commissioned artwork, climb the turrets to find the medieval ‘wheel of urine’, and make your way if you dare into the cellar to study the 'witchcraft' exhibit.

High on the battlements, with their commanding view of the surrounding hillsides and distant French coast, stand shoulder to shoulder with wooden soldiers who ‘guard’ the Castle.

Mont Orgueil Castle is suituated within the Jersey National Park.

Read more about the restoration of the castle.

Top 5 things to do at Mont Orgueil Castle

1) See the Dance of Death statue hidden within the castle

2) Amazing views across the sea to the French coast

3) Walk down the staircase to find the Witches in Hell

4) Discover the Wheel of Urine

5) Find the Prayer Nuts in one of the castle's rooms

Opening times: 

 

2016
2 January to 11 February - Every Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 4pm or dusk
12 February to 10 March - Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday - 10am to 4pm or dusk
11 March to 30 October- Daily - 10am to 6pm
31 October to 19 December- Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday - 10am to 4pm or dusk
20 December to 30 December - Daily - 10am to 4pm or dusk
24,25, 26 & 31 December - Closed

2017
1 January - Closed

Address: Gorey, St Martin, JE3 6ET

Tel: 01534 853 292

GPS: Lat. 49.1996 Long. -2.0190

Admission:
FREE for Members

Find out about the Heritage Pass - Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3

Child £7.30
Student £7.30
Family £34.00
Adult £11.95
Senior £10.90

 

The award-winning Occupation Tapestry was woven by islanders to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the liberation from five years occupation by the German armed forces during the Second World War. The twelve richly colourful panels of the tapestry, which is housed in the Maritime Museum, depict life and hardship under military rule and were created from the memories and stories of Islanders who experienced it first-hand.

 

Opening times:

2016
3 January to 22 March - Every Sunday - 10am to 4pm
February half-term opening 14 February to 21 February - 10am to 4pm
23 March to 30 October - Daily - 10am to 5pm
31 October to 18 December - Every Sunday - 10am to 4pm

 

Address: New North Quay, St Helier

Tel: 01534 811 043

GPS: Lat. 49.1815 Long. -2.1101

Admission:
FREE for Members 

Find out about the Heritage Pass - Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3

   
   
   
   
   
Tapestry £4.50

 

La Hougue Bie delivers a truly memorable experience that is at once thought provoking and peaceful. The site features one of Europe's finest passage graves where you can learn about life in Jersey's Neolithic community 6,000 years ago. A medieval chapel sits on top of the prehistoric mound and dolmen dominating this tranquil and spiritual site. Unlike many other dolmens you can stand inside the chamber of the passage grave and feel the heart of this place of worship.  

Visit the archaeology exhibition of the Ice Age Island project which draws on current research to tell exciting stories about how our ancestors lived and adapted to the Ice Age world.

Ancient treasures are waiting to be found in the geology and archaeology museum, including coin hoards, axes, swords and spears. You’ll also discover a command bunker built during the German Occupation, housing a unique memorial to the slave-workers who were brought to the Channel Islands by invading Nazi forces during the Second World War.  

See the world’s largest Celtic coin hoard on display at La Hougue Bie. View some of the gold and silver treasures found in the hoard and watch conservators as they painstakingly excavate more coins and treasure from the hoard.

La Hougue Bie has a large picnic area where you can enjoy a day out amongst the beautiful and peaceful surroundings.

Make sure you visit our new exhibition - Treasure - Revealing the Secrets of the Hoard where you can discover the hidden treasures of the Celtic Coin Hoard found in Jersey in 2012 and watch our conservation experts live in the lab.  Sponsored by Stanley Gibbons.

 

Top 5 things to do at La Hougue Bie Museum

1) Go inside Europe's finest example of a Neolithic Passage Grave

2) Watch the Coin Crew working on the Celtic Coin Hoard in our Treasure exhibition

3) Climb the hill to see the Medieval Chapel.

4) Take some time to reflect at the World War II Slave Worker memorial.

5) Archaeology Museum telling the story of Islanders from ¼ million years ago up to the end of the Roman period.

Opening times:

 

2016
1 January to 13 February - Closed
14 February to 22 March - Every Sunday - 10am to 4pm
23 March to 30 October - Daily - 10am to 5pm
31 October to 31 December - Closed

Address: La Route de la Hougue Bie, Grouville

Tel: 01534 853 823

GPS: Lat. 49.2003 Long. -2.0639

Admission:
FREE for Members

Find out about the Heritage Pass - Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3

Child £5.25
Student £5.5
Family £24.30
Adult £8.25
Senior £7.20

 

Recognised by UNESCO, the Jersey Archive is the Island’s national repository holding records on all aspects of Jersey’s history. Researchers can use archive resources to trace their family history, the story of their house or street, and to find out more about the German Occupation of Jersey during the Second World War.

The archive catalogue can be found online and Information leaflets are available on a variety of subjects.

Staff at Jersey Archive can assist with legal and property research enquiries, other advice about preservation, and give talks, tours and education services.

Jersey Archive also holds the collections of the Channel Islands Family History Society.

Opening times:

OPEN
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
9am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm
Thursday late night
until 7pm
(Last Thursday of the month)
Saturday early morning
9am - 1pm
(Third Saturday of the month)
CLOSED
6, 7 & 8 December 2016
(For stocktaking)
23 December 2016 to 3 January 2016

 

Please bring photographic ID on your first visit as a reader

 

Address: Jersey Archive, St Helier, JE2 4JY

Tel: 01534 833 300

GPS: Lat. 49.1829 Long. -2.0978

Admission:
FREE entry.

Members & Pass Holders receive 20% off Research fees

Hamptonne Country Life Museum gives the visitor a unique insight into six centuries of rural Jersey life.

Dating back to the 15th Century the house and farm are brought to life with characters from the Island’s past. Explore the orchard and learn about bygone crafts and quirky traditions from the resident Goodwyf.

During the summer visitors can meet the Hamptonne calves and piglets. Special events will take place throughout the year for all the family to enjoy, including the annual Faîs'sie d’Cidre, and a sensational blend of sounds and cider.

Top Five Things to Do.

1) Meet the Hamptonne calves and piglets (when they arrive in the Summer)

2) Hear tales from the resident Goodwyf.

3) Explore the cider apple orchard and lear about the Island's farming history.

4) Explore the beautiful countryside location.

5) Visit the Stitched Memories Exhibition in the Syvret House.

Opening times:

2015
1 November to 31 December - Closed

2016
1 January to 30 April - closed
1 May to 27 May - Open for pre-booked groups only
28 May to 11 September - Daily - 10am to 5pm
12 September to 30 October - Open for pre-booked groups only
31 October to 31 December - Closed
Open for the La Faîs’sie d’Cidre Saturday 22 October 10am to 7pm and Sunday 23 October 10am to 4pm

Address: La Rue de la Patente, St Lawrence, JE3 1HS

Tel: 01534 863 955

GPS: Lat. 49.2245 Long. -2.1352

Admission:
FREE for Members 

Find out about the Heritage Pass - Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3

Child £5.25
Student £5.25
Family £24.30
Adult £8.25
Senior £7.20

 

From just 90p per month*, you can roam the Jersey Heritage sites as much as you like.

When you join Jersey Heritage your key to the castle opens the door to hundreds of free events, exhibitions and special days out at all of our sites, giving you the freedom to come and go as you please. What’s more, you’ll be helping us to protect the heritage you enjoy today, for generations to come.