Open daily from 29 March to 3 November* - 10am to 5.30pm
1 January to 28 March
*11 and 12 September for International Air Display
4 November to 31 December
||Child (6 to 16)
||Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children)
|Castle & Ferry
Free admission to the Castle for children under 6 years old
Find out about the Heritage Pass - Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3
Passes are available to buy at all Jersey Heritage sites or on line HERE from 29 March 2019 to 3 November 2019.
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
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 spreadsheet (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. Unless indicated in the spreadsheet, the ferry operating times are between 10am and 5.30pm with the last ferry leaving the Castle at 5.30pm.
CASTLE CLOSED FOR AIR DISPLAY 11 and 12 September
Elizabeth Castle will be CLOSED all day today (11th) and tomorrow (12th) for the Jersey International Air Display 2019 and display practise.
The Castle will re-open as normal from Friday (13th), and is then open daily between 10am–5.30pm until 3 November 2019 for visitors to head over and explore.
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 Castle Characters to hear tales of the past (see Living history schedule on the right of this page).
5) Take the Barrack's Hospital Tour.
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 is available from the castle or the publications section on the website.
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
Read the access statement for Elizabeth Castle (.docx version)