Jersey Heritage is extending the opening times at its historic sites this winter to offer more opportunities for Islanders and visitors to enjoy the Island’s history.
Reduced winter opening hours usually start at the beginning of November to coincide with the end of the peak tourism season. However, the Maritime Museum, Hamptonne Country Life Museum, Jersey Museum & Art Gallery and Mont Orgueil will remain open daily until the end of the year. The café at Mont Orgueil will also reopen on Saturday, 6 November.
La Hougue Bie will be open as normal until the end of October and then the grounds only will be open until the end of 2021 for visitors to enjoy a stroll around the ancient site. Entry will be free. BSK are currently finalising opening times for the on-site café.
The only site that will close for the winter is Elizabeth Castle due to the difficulty with reaching the fortress when bad weather sets in. The last day to visit the Castle this year is Sunday, 31 October.
There will be no change at Jersey Archive, which will continue to open to the public on Mondays through to Thursdays, and the third Saturday of every month. The Archive will close for stocktaking as usual during the first week of December.
Louise Downie, Jersey Heritage’s Director of Curation & Experience, said: “Thousands of Islanders have visited our historic sites so far this year and our Membership has also grown significantly. As a thank you for people’s support and to offer even more opportunities to explore the Island’s history over the coming months, we’re staying open a little bit longer so they can continue to enjoy and discover the Island’s stories.”
The extension to opening times also happened last year, although this was to compensate for a late start to the season after the Island went into lockdown at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. From January 2022, the visitor sites will revert to usual winter opening hours until the start of the season in March, apart from Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, which will remain open daily.