Islanders will soon be able to enjoy all of Jersey Heritage’s visitor sites again, as well as visiting Jersey Archive, as a programme to reopen them fully to the public is rolled out over the next two weeks.
The outside areas of Hamptonne Country Life Museum, Mont Orgueil and La Hougue Bie reopened last month but indoor areas and exhibition spaces remained closed. As restrictions are relaxed by the Government, these indoor spaces will now reopen and from Friday (12th), all three of the partially-opened sites will become fully open to the public.
On 19 June, Elizabeth Castle will reopen, and Jersey Museum & Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum will open their doors again on 24 June. Jersey Archive will reopen to the public on 23 June, reverting to its usual opening hours of Tuesday to Thursday, although visitors will have to pre-book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 833300. Visit our site pages for information about opening.
Measures will be in place at all the sites to ensure safe access for visitors, including one-way systems to enable people to physically distance from each other. The playgrounds at Hamptonne and Mont Orgueil will remain closed in line with Government advice. The cafés at Mont Orgueil and Hamptonne will offer indoor and al fresco refreshments and the tearoom at La Hougue Bie will soon be open to offer al fresco service only.
Louise Downie, Jersey Heritage’s Director of Curation & Experience, said: “We hope Islanders have been enjoying the beautiful outside spaces at Hamptonne, Mont Orgueil and La Hougue Bie and we look forward to welcoming them back to all of our sites and for people to have the full experience offered by our historic sites. We have been working hard behind the scenes to make this possible and to ensure safe access to the Castles, Museums and the Archive for all our visitors.”
Normal admission prices will apply to all the visitor sites, with contactless payment only. Entry for Members and children aged under six is free.
Although the visitor sites are reopening, the Heritage at Home hub on will still be available at www.jerseyheritage.org and regularly updated with new content. As large public gatherings are still not permitted, this includes Trees Please, the latest Discovery Day for families, which takes place as a virtual event via the hub on Sunday (14th).
Meanwhile, Jersey Heritage’s self-catering properties and coastal towers, Heritage Lets, will reopen to guests on Friday (12th). Although a number of summer holiday bookings remain in place from people still planning to visit the Island, greater flexibility is being offered for shorter three-night breaks in the historic properties, which are usually only available for seven-night bookings during the peak summer season.
The 10% discount usually offered to Jersey Heritage Members during off-peak months is also being extended for any bookings taken for this summer.
An enhanced cleaning regime will be in place for the Lets and hygiene information and advice will be available to people staying in the properties. A policy is also in place for staff and visitors to follow, should someone fall unwell while staying in one of the Lets.
Due to official advice about physical distancing, Jersey Heritage is currently unable to accept bookings for the two Heritage Lets that require a guide, Seymour Tower and La Rocco Tower.