Elizabeth Castle - Places to Visit - Jersey Heritage

Built on a rocky islet in St Aubin’s Bay, Elizabeth Castle has defended Jersey for more than 300 years. You can take the amphibious Castle Ferry or walk out alongthe causeway at low tide. Explore Jersey’s history, climb the battlements dating back to the 1590s and experience history coming to life with live demonstrations and gunfire!


Opening Times

Opening Times

2016
23 March to 30 October- Daily - 10am to 5.30pm or dusk
31 October - 31 December - Closed


Admission Prices

Members Free Adult (16+) Child (6 to 16) Senior (65+) Student (16+) in full time education or holds a student card Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children)
Castle & Ferry £13.25 £9.85 £12.20 £9.85 £41.60
Castle only £10.70 £7.30 £9.65 £7.30 £32.00

Free admission to children under 6 years old

Return on Castle Ferry (no access to Castle) - £3.60

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

Jersey Heritage 4 for 3 pass
Location

Location

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




 

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 Master Gunner 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

 

Heritage Detective Trails

Test your power of observation and become a Heritage detective – work your way around the 6 sites to see if you can spot all of the images on each trail. Each image is a photographic detail of a piece of art, an object or part of a building.

It's not too easy for big kids and not too difficult for the little ones!

The Detective Trails are available at each site or you can download your trail in advance from here.

Virtual Tour

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

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% with their voucher (found in you voucher pack)

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

Hearing loop available at reception and a portable hearing loop is available for groups if requested in advance

Access Statement

Read the access statement for Elizabeth Castle (.docx version)

 

Jersey ‘Castle’ Adventures

To find out more or to book an activity contact:

John Fox - john@jerseyadventures.com or 077977 27503.

 


On Today!
 

Living History at Elizabeth Castle ->

Please check listing to ensure that Living History is on today. Living History at Elizabeth Castle, May to September. Master Gunner from 12:00 Monday-Saturday, and from 10.30 on Sundays. Regimental Surgeon from 10:15 Tuesdays and Thursdays. All events begin on the Parade Ground.

The Castle at Liberation ->

Join the World War 2 British 'Tommies' at Elizabeth Castle as they celebrate the Islands Liberation in this Living History re-enactment.