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


2018
Open Daily 21 March to 4 November- 10am to 5.30pm




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 £14.35 £10.65 £13.25 £10.65 £45.00
Castle only £11.60 £7.95 £10.45 £7.95 £35.15

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

Discounts

15% discount for pre booked groups of 6 or more adults or seniors. Please book in advance by going online at jerseyheritage.org

10% discount for non pre booked groups of 6 or more adults or seniors (at VSA discretion)  .

Students and children - no group booking discount

Jersey Heritage welcomes the following Reciprocal Agreements:

  • Museums Association Members
  • International Council of Museums (ICOM) members
  • Alderney Society / Museum ticket holders
  • National Art Collection Fund card - Elizabeth Castle / Mont Orgueil / Jersey Museum
  • Friends of Manx National Heritage
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). PLEASE be aware that the Elizabeth Castle Ferry Kiosk is at the Westpark Slip directly across from the GRAND HOTEL. Please be aware that the Elizabeth Castle Ferry Kiosk is at Westpark Slip on the Esplanade - directly across from the GRAND HOTEL. DO NOT FOLLOW THE SIGNS FROM TOWN DIRECTING YOU THE ELIZABETH FERRY TERMINAL.

Latitude: 49.1754193, Longitude: -2.1256828




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.  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.

 

Walking Times and Ferry Sailings

Ferry sailings, and walking times are subject to weather and tidal conditions.  Please review this excel document (using the tab on the bottom for the month of your visit) for a guide on expected delays and suspension in the ferry service due to tidal conditions, if you are in any doubt please contact the Castle Ferry team 01534 634048.

 

Love Your Castle  

Once again we are asking Islanders and Visitors to LOVE YOUR CASTLE and help raise awareness of this Island fortress.  We have a series of events, tours, school projects and much more to get you involved.  Find out more here.

 

Top 5 things to do at Elizabeth Castle

1) Enjoy exploring all the hidden rooms, passageways and bunkers.

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 on the right of this page)

5) Take the  Barrack's Hospital Tour as part of the Love Your Castle campaign.

 

Jersey ‘Castle’ Adventures

Elizabeth Castle is a perfect place to hold a party of corporate event with a mix of different activities.  Adventurous group activities can include abseiling, archery, kayaking, orienteering and raft building.

To find out more or to book an activity contact visit the Jersey Adventures website.

 

Do Your Own Tour

You can also download our free Occupation Castle and Georgian Castle tours here which have been developed as part of our Love Your Castle campaign, supported by the One Foundation.

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.

 

Visual Story

Download our Visual Story for Elizabeth Castle. This is a helpful guide to what to expect on a visit and has been produced in consultation with Autism Jersey.

 

Facilities and Access

Payment: On arrival, by cash (Sterling or Euro notes 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 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 your 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)

 

 

 

 


Hawksford Castle Chase ->

The return of the Hawksford Castle Chase.....a challenging two-person relay event like no other. You'll each be racing from the shore out to Elizabeth Castle and back, it's a 'harder than it looks' distance of 2 miles across the sand at low-tide.

Living History at Elizabeth Castle ->

Join the 18th century Master Gunner on the Parade Ground as he puts the new recruits (you) through their paces before marching off to the Cockpit to fire the Black Powder cannon or join the Regimental Surgeon or 18th century army wife.