2020 EXTENDED WINTER OPENING
Open daily from 1 November to 30 December
10am to 4pm
24, 25, 26 & 31 December
Last entry to site - 1 hour prior to closing.
Open from March until November
Contactless payment only
||Child (6 to 16)
||Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children)
Free admission to children under 6 years old
15% discount for pre booked groups of 6 or more adults or seniors. Please book in advance here
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
- Friends of Manx National Heritage
- Réseau des Musées de Normandie - Muséopass Card
Unlimited access to 4 must see attractions for the price of 3
La Route de la Hougue Bie, Grouville, JE3 9HQ. For more information call +44 (0)1534 853 823
Latitude: 49.201233, Longitude: -2.063964
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information for visitors - physical distancing covid-19
We have put a number of systems in place to ensure your safety, the Jersey Heritage team will inform you of the physical distancing rules at La Hougue Bie. These rules include:
- As part of the Government of Jersey’s contact tracing measures, you will be asked to provide a name and telephone number. This information will be used if it is later discovered that a visitor or staff member on that day had COVID-19. All records will be used only for this purpose and will be destroyed once the possibility of contact transference is over
- We accept contactless payment only
- Please stay at least one metre from other visitors
- There are some areas that can only be used by one household group at a time – signs will tell you where these areas are
- Where you see red ‘stop’ signs and green ‘go’ signs, please remember to turn them around
- Please follow the one-way system and keep to the left
- If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 please stay at home
The Tearooms run by BSK will be closed for the day but everything will be back open again the next day.
About La Hougue Bie
With a name that’s derived from the Old Norse of the Vikings – haugr meaning a mound and byr - that’s bound up with a medieval legend of a dragon and a knight, it’s no surprise that La Hougue Bie is a magical and surprising place creating a truly memorable experience, home to one of the ten oldest buildings in the world.
Top 5 things to do at La Hougue Bie
1) Go inside Europe's finest example of a Neolithic Passage Grave - one of the ten oldest buildings in the world
2) Explore the new Neolithic Longhouse, built by our volunteers
3) Take a free tour with one of our volunteer guides - find out more here
4) Take some time to reflect at the Memorial to the Forced Workers
5) Discover ¼ million years of Island history in the Archaeology Museum
According to a folk tale, the mound of La Hougue Bie takes its name from the Lordship of Hambye in nearby Normandy. While the legend tells the story of a dragon and the knight who killed it, others interpret it as a tale of the Christianisation of the old pagan site, with the dragon representing the old beliefs and the knight the new religion of Christianity.
La Hougue Bie through the ages
Around this compact and tranquil site you will discover traces of life in Jersey over six millennia, from one of Europe’s finest Neolithic passage graves to a concrete bunker from the German Occupation of 1940 to 1945.
The La Hougue Bie passage grave was constructed by some of Jersey’s earliest inhabitants, as both a tomb and a place for the living to engage in rituals and ceremonies. Unlike many other dolmens, you can stand inside its chamber and feel the atmosphere of this profoundly sacred space. The tomb is so aligned that the interior is illuminated by the rising sun on the spring and autumn equinox.
Once completed, the passage and chamber was secreted beneath a mound of stones and earth. When it fell into disuse around 5,000 years ago, it was blocked up with debris and forgotten until the medieval era when a Christian chapel was constructed on top of the prehistoric mound.
When Jersey embraced the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, the chapel fell into secular hands. In 1792, during the Napoleonic Wars, its owner Philippe D’Auverge converted it into a Gothic folly and signalling station known as The Prince’s Tower. After his death, La Hougue Bie was opened as a public attraction and soon became popular as a venue for eating, drinking and dancing.
By the late 19th century the Tower had become derelict and sadly was demolished in 1924, so that the mound could be excavated. The following year the site was opened as a museum until the German Occupation began in 1940. A command bunker is a permanent reminder of that period, which has been repurposed to tell the story of the plight of the thousands of forced workers brought to Jersey by the Organisation Todt.
The Archaeology Museum - Flint tools made be the first Islanders, dating back a quarter of a million years, Bronze Age axe heads and Celtic coin hoards trace the evolution of our Island community.
The Neolithic Longhouse - Built entirely by volunteers, a 20-metre-long replica Neolithic Longhouse has been constructed at La Hougue Bie. The team used only traditional tools and authentic Neolithic techniques, including mud daubing, thatching, bark-stripping and making cordage from stinging nettles and brambles. In 2019, the building won the prestigious Discover Heritage Award given by the Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI). The AHI awards take place every two years and recognise outstanding cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland.
Read more about the impressive Prince's Tower once situated at the site.
You can take a virtual tour of Jersey's spiritual landscape by downloading the free audio tour from the tours and trails section on the website.
A new Tearoom run by Beresford Street Kitchen is now open. Take a look at the Tearoom menu here. Parking at La Hougue Bie is for paying visitors and Jersey Heritage Members only; there is no parking available for people only visiting the Tearoom, although walkers and cyclists are very welcome. Beresford Street Kitchen is a social enterprise providing education, training and employment for people with learning disabilities and autism
Download our Visual Story for La Hougue Bie. 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: Contactless payment only (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: Car park on site for people visiting the site (there is no parking for customers just visiting the Tearoom)
Buses and cycle routes: Route number 13 stops outside La Hougue Bie. Jersey cycle routes 3 and 8
Refreshments: Tearoom on site
Gift Shop: The Jersey Heritage gift shop, selling gifts and souvenirs is on site
Guide Book: A souvenir guide book is available to buy on site
Access arrangements: There is limited disabled access at the site
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
WIFI: Available on site
La Hougue Bie (Visitor Attraction) has achieved a Gold level in the Green Tourism Scheme
Read our statement for La Hougue Bie (.docx version).
Aerial images with thanks to Chris Brookes.
Tomb image Pierre Longnus
Neolithic Longhouse image Philippa Keregozou