Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle, St. Helier: Hours, Address, Elizabeth Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

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
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Built on a rocky islet in St Aubin's Bay, Elizabeth Castle has watched over Jersey's main seaway for more than 300 years. At low tide you can walk out along the causeway or, if you want to experience a different way to travel, catch the amphibious Castle Ferry at low or high 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. Meet King Charles II every Monday and Thursday and listen to His Majesty recount fascinating stories of his time in Jersey or take part the the Jersey Militia parade and watch the firing of the musket.
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Julie K
Thornton Cleveleys, UK152 contributions
Visited on Sunday 3 April. We are members of Jersey Heritage Museums and entry to the Castle is included in the membership fee as is the ride across on Betty. Wasn't quite sure what to expect but plenty to see and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We spent about 2.5 hours at the Castle and would recommend a visit
Written April 8, 2022
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bomber127
Flint, UK731 contributions
This exceeded our expectations. What a great few hours out.
We used the 'duck' amphibious vehicle to get there, ticket included entry, tour, entertainment and return.
Recommend you go early to catch the tour and then, around midday, do not miss the Gunnery Sgt. Full dress uniform by Chris Dalkner. This historical input was hilarious (and meant to be). You will be 'doomed'. A replica musket was fired, the men made to march in the parade ground and then the firing of a canon. This was seriously good fun.
My wife went on the tour which was informative ( my mobility prevented me from doing so). But I'm told it too was excellent.
Views from the top of the castle outstanding.
There is plenty to look at and enjoy - walk the length of the breakwater.
There's a small cafe and of course toilets.
Be aware that smoking and vaping is not permitted anywhere. But obviously that did not prevent some, but we are in the open air.
There's a small museum, bunkers, artifacts and apparently accommodation is available.
We were there around 4.5 hours and the time went quickly.
Well worth a visit - do it
Written October 17, 2021
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Gary A
Ashford, UK36 contributions
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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Paul R
Gateshead, UK23 contributions
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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Linda G
Plymouth, UK32 contributions
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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Galapagosbird
Kent, UK158 contributions
Couples
Visited today, 26th May 2022. The weather wasn’t great, cold and drizzly but we really enjoyed it.
King Charles 11 actor was fabulous, very funny and took the Micky out of several members of the audience (all in good fun) made the one hour tour and talk very interesting and informative with lots of humour. Really made the visit for us. We stayed around 3 hours including time for a pastie lunch and good coffee.
The cannon was fired (made us jump) probably not appreciated by the nesting seagulls and other birds who have made the Island their home.
Throughly recommend a visit. We travelled over and back on “The Duck”
All in all a very good visit. Would have been even better if the weather had been a bit warmer.
Written May 26, 2022
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applegate69
Bath, UK820 contributions
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, UK11 contributions
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
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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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julie m
Cleethorpes, UK1 contribution
The tour guide was excellent, a local lady with lots of experience. We "met" Charles 11 at the end of the guided tour on Monday 1 8 July. He was suitably and appropriately flambuoyant! His sense of humour and ability to work his audience was experienced and made people feel part of the whole Charles 11 experience. A wonderful learning tool for young and old alike. It was definitely worth a visit. We used the bus/boat which was a novel experience. High tides did mean that we delayed when setting off. A rewarding day.
Written July 19, 2022
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