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Elizabeth Castle

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Address: St Aubin's Bay, St. Helier
Phone Number: +44 1534 723971
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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ELIZABETH CASTLE IS CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 23 Built on a rocky islet in St...

ELIZABETH CASTLE IS CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 23 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, take part in Living History demonstrations and experience what life was like for the soldiers who were garrisoned here. Find out about our Heritage Pass - four visitor attractions for the price of three on our website or at any of our visitor attractions.

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Great time at Elizabeth Castle

This is a great trip out for the family from the Duck to the nooks and cranies to investigate to the nice stroll along the pier to the hermitage.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great trip out for the family from the Duck to the nooks and cranies to investigate to the nice stroll along the pier to the hermitage.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Looking at Elizabeth Castle from the 'mainland' you really don't realise how big it is - 23 acres! We went on a lovely sunny day, and spent a good couple of hours exploring the castle - there's so much to look at and to consider. For the views alone this is worth a visit, but if you're interested in historical... More 

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Thank Peter H
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great castle, best visited early (opens 10am) to avoid crowds. Plenty of steps so best to avoid the hottest part of the day.

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Thank Phil P
Motherwell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to spend a few hours. Views from all sides are amazing. Nice Coffee shop with great cakes and wine.

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Thank Ann18844
Morpeth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Elizabeth Castle on a lovely day via the duck boat although you can walk if the tide is out.It was very interesting and informative although the guide would be heard by more visitors if he had a microphone.There is a small café on the site,the staff could do with lessons in customer service and clear tables efficiently it... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely visit on a lovely sunny day. I went on a hight tide so had to take the little amphibious taxi to get to the castle. No love show at the time I went but still lovely place to visit. A few rooms with some boards about the history of the place.

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Thank BlandineH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited on a warm summers day in August. Having read all the fantastic reviews we were looking forward to an interesting visit, but came away disappointed. To be honest, I think we were unlucky to visit on the "wrong" day, from the start we seemed to get let down on various parts of the visit. It all starting to... More 

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Thank Chris W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited on the amphibious vehicle from St Helier and took a tour with the volunteer guide called Geoff. I have to say that he made the visit. His tour lasted about 1.5hours and was excellent. They don't have audio guides for you to walk round on your own with, so I would thoroughly recommend the guided tour.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Historically interesting site but the highlight is the very enthusiastic volunteers. Brilliant talk from master sergeant in uniform and visitor interaction getting all the men marching. The cannon firing is very impressive and very loud using real gunpowder.

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Thank RosieMilne
East Midlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We purchased the year ticket so we could visit all the attractions. Only £10 more than the 4 for 3 deal for 2 adults 1 child and 1student. This enabled us to go over a couple of times in our 2 week stay. Make sure you attend the demonstrations very interesting and VERY loud!

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Thanks for your review and for visiting the castle during your time in Jersey. We are delighted you enjoyed you visit so much you came back twice. More 

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