Open from 10am to 5.30pm (or dusk) from Wednesday 25 March to Sunday 1 November 2015
Access to Elizabeth Castle - Monday 29th June to Wednesday 1st July
In support of the NatWest Island Games, one castle ferry will be transporting sailing competitors to and from St Aubin Fort on three days. This will result in reduced ferry capacity to and from Elizabeth Castle. The Castle will still be open and to avoid any queues we recommend the visits are made between the times below when it will also be possible to walk to and from this cultural attraction:
Monday 29th June : 10:00 until 13:40
Tuesday 30th June : 10:00 until 14:35
Wednesday 1st July: 10:35 and 15:30
||Child (6 to 16)
||Student (16+) in full time education or holds a student card
||Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children)
|Castle & Ferry
Free admission to children under 6 years old
Find out about the Heritage Pass - Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3
St Aubin’s Bay, St Helier, JE3 3NU or Castle Ferry Kiosk, Les Jardins de la Mer, West Park, St Helier, JE3 3NU For more information call +44 (0)1534 723 971 (Castle) or Telephone +44 (0)1534 634048 (Castle Ferry Kiosk)
Latitude: 49.1754193, Longitude: -2.1256828
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.
Top 5 things to do at Elizabeth Castle
1) Enjoy the spectacle of the Midday Parade and cannon firing.
2) Climb to top of the battlements for a breathtaking views around the bay and the south coast of Jersey.
3) Learn the fascinating history of the castle in the War and Peace Exhibition.
4) Visit the Granite and Gunpowder exhibition which tells the story of the Jersey Militia.
5) Take a stroll to the end of the breakwater, which extends 1.5 miles out to sea.
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.
Free Walking Guide
First Tower to the Elizabeth Castle Ferry. This short walk of under one mile, brings together a huge slice of social history. Within a mile, we will go from the serenity of sailing ships to the immediacy of air travel, and the revolutionary steps that took place in between. Find out more about this walk and our other Island walks here.
Guide book is available from the castle or the publications section on the website.
Facilities and Access
Payment: On arrival, by cash (Sterling or Euros accepted), credit/debit card (not Diners Club or American Express)
Organised groups: 15% discount for groups of 6 or more adults or seniors. Please book in advance by completing the form here.
Entrance and parking: The castle is reached on foot along a causeway from West Park slipway in St Helier. Visitors can either walk at low tide or catch the pirate-themed Castle Ferry (small charge applies) at high or low tide. Public parking is available in Patriotic Street, the Waterfront and the Esplanade car parks or in parking bays off Victoria Avenue.
Buses and cycle routes: All bus routes terminate at Liberation Station which is a short walk away. Jersey cycle route 1
Refreshments: A coffee shop is on the premises – members receive 10% discount
Gift Shop: Jersey Heritage gift shops, selling gifts, souvenirs, books and toys are located at Elizabeth Castle and in the Castle Ferry kiosk.
Access arrangements: Unfortunately the site is not suitable for people with mobility impairment
Dogs: No dogs allowed, except guide dogs
Read the access statement for Elizabeth Castle (.docx version)
Jersey ‘Castle’ Adventures
Jersey Heritage is delighted to be working in partnership with Jersey Adventures in 2014 to offer a range of exciting activities and experiences for adults and children at Elizabeth Castle and Mont Orgueil.
From abseiling and coasteering to archery, kayaking and orienteering, Jersey Adventure's qualified staff offer visitors to Jersey's unique Castles the opportunity to take part in exciting new experiences tailored to their interests and availability, from multi-activity days to shorter half day taster sessions.
We also offer the opportunity to hold birthday party's, team building and corporate events, such as the all time favourite "Escape from Elizabeth Castle" at our historic sites.
To find out more or to book an activity contact:
John Fox - firstname.lastname@example.org or 077977 27503.