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Elizabeth Castle

St Aubin's Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, St. Helier
+44 (0)1534 6333 376
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in St. Helier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Traveler Description: Built on a rocky islet in the 1590s, the castle was named after Queen Elizabeth 1 by Sir Walter Raleigh whilst he was governor of Jersey. Roam the... more »
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Epsom, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We finally made it to the castle on our third attempt as the small building to get the duck bus from was notoriously hard to find and not at all signposted. Staff were warm, welcoming and helpful. Museums in the 17th century forecourt were very informative. I do feel, however, that more could be made of the actual castle itself-... More

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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The two of us had a interesting and good visit to the castle. Off course we had really good weather, good views across the bay. Used the ferry over and return a very good experience.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This was once Sir Walter Rayleighs house. He named it Elizabeth Castle in honour of Queen Elizabeth 1st. I guess he didn't get out much as the castle is built on a rocky outcrop in St. Aubin's Bay. At low tide, there is a causeway you can walk to it. Failing that,there is an amphibious that gets you there &... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

At 12 noon a guide in period dress tells a very informative, interesting and entertaining story about the castle and its history, living conditions for the soldiers who manned it and an idea of their daily routine. It's a lot of fun for all ages. I had the fortune to participate in the preparation of getting the cannon ready for... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Travelled over to the castle on the amphibious ferry as the tide was in. We were in time for the history talk and the firing of the cannon. It was a drizzly day but there are several museum exhibits that are undercover and show the history of the castle barracks. The gentleman who did the talk and actually lives there... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I walked across the causeway at low tide and therefore had an inspiring approach. There is also a ferry/bus (additional fee) which operates at high/low tide, although do check as in severe weather conditions the ferry and the castle may not be open. I arrived in time for the guided tour which was very entertaining and informative. There are some... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

You can either walk across to the castle if the tide is out, or catch the water bus which is an interesting experience when the tide is in. This is one of the famous landmarks in St Helier so if you like castles and the history associated with it, then this is one to see. The views are also spectacular... More

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
27 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

visited mid week and walked due to low tide. got there at 12 and paid for the 'boat' back as high tide was 1510hrs. walking round was disappointed by the lack of info boards. i know some people dont like loads of info and i think its best to have there if people want to read. the cannon firing was... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Luckily our visit coincided with high tide so we were able to travel over to the castle in the Amphibious Vehicle. At low tide you can walk. It is a 16th century castle built on an islet in St Aubin's bay and houses the 6th century hermitage. There is much of interest on this site and we very much enjoyed... More

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London, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Great Staff Superb Views Exciting experience riding on the Amphibian Vehicle If you are disabled get in touch with Jersey Heritage before your visit and they will be gladly give advice & Information about your visit.

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