Elizabeth Castle
Elizabeth Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
To reach the Castle and begin your adventure, walk along the causeway or take the amphibious Castle Ferry. Spend your day exploring this sprawling 15-acre fortress: climb the battlements dating back to the time Sir Walter Raleigh was Governor of Jersey; explore the grounds that gave refuge to King Charles II during the English Civil War; uncover the story of the Castle during the German Occupation in World War II; then discover the oldest part of this site, The Hermitage, where Saint Helier is thought to have lived around 550 A.D. Step back in time to 1781 and meet the Castle Gunner who will tell you his story of the Battle of Jersey or meet His Majesty, King Charles II for a very special tour of the Castle. Jersey Heritage is currently restoring parts of the Castle to bring them back into public use and you’ll see scaffolding around two important, historic buildings – the Georgian Military Hospital and the Officers’ Quarters.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Mick H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting
    Had not planned to visit but took the amphibious ferry across as the tide was in. Really interesting place to walk around. We caught the canon firing demo and the end of the musket demo, both very good. Walking Round To the hermitage also worth while as some stunning costal scenery beyond the harbour entrance. The tide was out by the time we left so walked back over the causeway. Highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Helen
    Derby, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Excellent value for money. Fabulous history talk by our guide. We could have spent longer there, but the tide was coming in. Go early/mid morning and really get your monies worth. Would definitely recommend
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Davethediver
    118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Very interesting tour of Elizabeth Castle in St Helier. The musket demonstration was very entertaining. We walked out and back at low tide so didn't get to ride the amphibious vehicle. The staff were exceptionally pleasant and helpful. There is a cafe with limited choice of snacks.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Chris M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must see!
    We took the amphibious bus across and arrived just in time to meet King Charles II - what an amazing experience that was! He was very entertaining in his delivery of the history of the castle, and was a master at interacting with the audience and making you feel part of the experience. He absolutely made our day, as did 'Gunner Charles' on the Parade Ground afterwards, who gave a very informative and entertaining talk on military life, demonstrated how to fire a musket, and ended with marching his rag-tag army of audience volunteers down to the cannon for a live firing out to sea! The rest of the castle was very interesting and the views were stunning, we were there for about 4+ hours and were lucky enough to be able to walk back across the causeway before the tide came in. This was amazing value for money and is a definite must-see for everybody visiting Jersey.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Fiona G
    Glasgow, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Our visit to Elizabeth Castle was the best trip of the holiday. Going over to the castle on the he amphibious vessel was fun and we walked over the causeway on the way back. The visit was enhanced by the Gunner who recruited us all to march and help organise the firing of a canon. The boys absolutely loved being involved with this. The only downside was the cafe at the castle. It ran out of food choices by 1pm. Maybe best to take a picnic.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • FionaG350
    Poole, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    I spent several hours here on the first day of my holiday in Jersey. The castle is not as big as some but there was plenty to see and do, plus I sat in the sun and read for a while. I took the amphibious bus across and back - it was interesting to see it emerge from the water or start its crossing. Parts of the castle are undergoing maintenance work. I missed the beginning of Charles II guided tour and it took me a little while to catch up with him, however the part I caught was fun and informative. Then there was also a talk on muskets plus a cannon firing demonstration. I walked along to the hermit's chapel and also explored all the German defence areas.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • ChiefyChuckles
    Great Ayton, United Kingdom291 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative and entertaining.
    Well worth seeing. The noon'ish bloke showing the firing of a musket, AND a 6lb cannon was great. Even enjoyed the marching. Don't bother with the ferry if tides are right as its a nice 15 minute stroll along the causeway.
    Thanks for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.
    Written August 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • mcginj1
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for a good few hours of history
    Ventured around under our own steam. We could have walked the causeway but weather changeable so took the amphibian there and back (treat as flooded on return). NB Castle is mainly an outdoors experience (so watch the weather) it stayed dry for the couple of hours we explored. You are given rough directions as you enter the site so easy to follow. Views amazing and a much larger site than visable from the seashore. Lovely cafe with walled garden up some steps (had a small pastie which was tasty and full of filling unlike some) the finches finished the pastry, but look out for hungry seagulls, plus a guard chicken 🐔 who tried to intimidate us ha ha. Lots of signs with information and look out for the cannon being fired (times on the board you pass).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 20, 2023
  • 1835Mike_3518
    Plymouth, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb experience
    Absolute excellent day out at St Elizabeth's castle, a must see. The Character playing King Charles was superb, so informative and engaging. The history and activities throughout the day was great and well worth the money. Highly recommend
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Deviki P
    Leicester, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit.
    We visited the castle by ferry and spent around 2 hours at the castle. Not too difficult to climb but some stairs are slightly steep. Great views from the top and also a nice short film is played. We also walked further out in the breakwater and saw the Saint Helier Chapel.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
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applegate69
Bath, UK869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We got to the kiosk about 10.15 so that we could catch the first boat out to the castle.
What a great place.
Nice and clean and loads of information to be had.
One thing I could fault them on is that there could have been more artefacts from the time in certain rooms such as the WW2 bunkers.
Make sure you do the talk with King Charles the second. The chap who does it is very good there is good audience participation and the tour is very informative, he really made our morning.
The castle itself is huge and very much worth a visit.
The cost is just over £15 per adult, which is a bit on the high side but it is worth it.
It is cheaper if you walk the causeway rather than take the boat.
Written July 28, 2021
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Diane M
St Ives, UK15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
On arrival a guide met us and said if we hurried up we could catch a tour guide who had already started! We did catch up with a lady called Sue but could not hear what she said as too many people and she had no microphone. We therefore ambled over to the cannons where there was a film crew filming All Around Britain for ITV. We watched them for a while. Staff then told us filming took precedence on the day and the event planned on parade ground at 12 would take place at 2. Worth a visit for the incredible views and seeing Alex Beresford and Ria Hebdon but came away rather disappointed.
Written September 14, 2021
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emma
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Such an great day. 2 adults, 13 year old and 7 year old
We all love it.
I have visited a lot of castles, but here, a real cannon firing and a real gun firing all such a brilliant thing to watch, you don’t get to see that at other castles.
The boat on wheels is novel too, go there on land and back on water is fun.

But for us the best part was meeting King Charles II & doing his tour. He was AMAZING so funny, he made history so much fun, my youngest loved following him as he interacted with him, in character all the time, the whole group loved him as people talked about him after to us saying he was so good.
When I asked my kids what was there favourite memory of Jersey they said the castle meeting King Charles.
So a Very big thank you for such a great set up
Written August 23, 2021
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Luke-n-LauraB
St. Helier, UK545 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We always like visiting the castle so was a must do for this summer's staycation. Entry is included in our familys heritage pass which also gives us access to the puddle ducks to save our legs to get there and back. The heritage team are great and set aside time to clean the ducks in these covid times and also take a register so they can contact anyone visiting. The castle itself is always amazing, with so much to see and do. There are a few places with occupancy limits for now to stop too many people in small places but it is a never a long wait. Always a treat to get out to the castle and a must do for anyone visiting the island.
Written August 19, 2020
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Lolatoldme
London, UK478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
This place is brilliant. I love history and dragged my son along expecting him to be bored -he does have an interest in castles, but he’s 4 years old! The volunteer guide was so knowledgable and made the history relevant and interesting. But the best part was the battalion guard, dressed in uniform who gave us a history of the castle and jersey war and the role the Guardsman played in defending the castle with muskets and cannon. My son was fascinated and we even got to see him fire a musket and canon which was really exciting for the kids. We spent hours there and left feeling thoroughly entertained. The Tower of London should really take a note from this place to see how it’s done!

The little boat ride to the castle itself was also a novelty and very fun! It was a pleasure to visit this place and money well spent!
Written June 4, 2021
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Gary A
Ashford, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Visited the castle today and ended up being there all day as there was more to do than we expected. Both the Jersey heritage presenters were excellent being both informative and knowledgable whilst having a great sense of humour, The gunnery sergeant was great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with his guidance as an army recruit. I also thoroughly enjoyed listening to King Charles II and he had all of us laughing throughout his presentation. Would recommend that anyone visiting the castle ensure they don't miss either of these historic talks.
Written May 12, 2022
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Linda G
Plymouth, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A very entertaining visit to the castle. We had previously walked over the causeway 40 years ago, enjoying getting our toes wet but now in our later years we appreciated the ride over and back, nice little “boat” trip. The castle has certainly improved with two men bringing history alive, one was dressed as King Charles II, he showed us various parts of the castle with a very amusing manner, reminded us of our history too, a lot better entertainer then many on the tv! The second man was dressed as a Gunner in 1781, he was also very informative and made the crowd feel part of his drill, especially when my husband volunteered to be one of 6 men to help load and fire the cannon. Nice cafe, clean loos, a very good few hours spent.
Written May 28, 2022
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Ali Pearce
Cheshunt, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Elizabeth Castle is worth a visit. We got the ‘duck’ boat across although the tide was out so we were not at sea. You can also walk across at low tide. It cost £50 for a family of 4 which was reasonable. The volunteer who was dressed up in military uniform and have demonstrations of a musket being fired was the highlight for the kids and was really knowledgeable. The history is set out really well and you can climb to the top of the castle for great views. We spent a couple of hours there but you could probably spend longer. The cafe is nice for refreshments.
Written August 22, 2020
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Thanks for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written August 25, 2020
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Paul R
Gateshead, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The whole Elizabeth Castle experience was a great day out. Travelled over on the Puddleduck and had good look around the castle. Then at noon we met Charles II by the cross in the parade square. The next hour was pure joy. He took us on a short tour and fully explained the history of the castle and a bit about St Helier and Jersey. He was tremendous value! With a humorous cheeky delivery, he gently poked fun at some of the 20--30 of us who followed him around. I'm not sure if the king is there everyday but if he's there when you visit then you're in for a treat!
Written July 23, 2022
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jase43ukchelms
Chelmsford, UK393 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Really e joyed the visit of 2 hours and made sure it coincided with the free tour organised by the Jersey Heritage volunteers. Nicely paced walk and tour and well worth doing. The cafe at the castle is also quite good...jacket potatoes or jersey pasties with decent portion of salad there is extra seating above the cafe accessed via steps plus a cafe garden.
Written September 13, 2020
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We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and had a tour with one of the guides. Thanks for visiting.
Written September 16, 2020
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