Castle Cornet
Castle Cornet
4.5
Military MuseumsHistoric SitesCastles
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
An 800 year old Castle that boasts incredible views of the whole East coast of Guernsey and across to the other islands of Herm, Sark and Alderney. Steeped in history that includes the English Civil War and the German Occupation during the Second World War. There are four museums: The Story of Castle Cornet; 201 Squadron Museum; RGLI Museum and Militia Museum. There is a free tour at 10.30 on most days and a daily noon-day gun firing of a 32 pound cannon by a gunner dressed in the traditional 19th century redcoat of the Royal Guernsey Militia. Ideal for families there are free castle trails and activities. A cafe selling refreshments and light lunches and a gift shop selling a wide range of gifts and souvenirs will complete your visit.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,973 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Defence of Guernsey
    We visited here on a very windy day not having high expectations. In fact the visit, with the guide included, was very informative. Not only was the recent history explained but also how castles were constructed making use of local features to improve the defence. There are good views from the battlements over to the other islands. Plan your trip to coincide with the cannon fire at midday. This is pure showmanship but extremely loud. There is the usual cafe and gift shop - nothing remarkable. With a guide and the cannon you will be there for just over 2 hours so younger children may get bored.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Ian L
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour made it a great experience
    It was great to be able to explore the castle and take in the spectacular views of the Island and the surrounding waters from there. Entry fees are reasonable, particularly for students. We happened to arrive just as a tour was starting, and were invited to join - the group size was 8. Colin did a great job of showing us around, sharing his knowledge and making the tour specific to the interests and abilities of the group.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • rscallen2015
    Swindon, United Kingdom127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crackin Castle
    This was by far the best thing we’ve done in our holiday to Guernsey. All the staff were friendly and the guided tour (by Nev) is a must! He’s really knowledgeable and funny without being corny or pretentious. Lovely setting and very interesting place with history from Medieval times to the Nazi invasion. Definitely recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Wendyhorserider
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle Cornet is a must see
    Loved our visit to castle cornet. It was medieval days going on when we visited and it only added to the whole experience. Loved looking around a 800yr. old castle and seeing the history. I've been to this castle every time I visit the castle and if I'm ever back in Guernsey again will likely visit it again.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Darren L
    Queenstown, Maryland821 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Kept Castle
    If you have an hour or so, this is a great stop. Neat walk out to light house with amazing views. The entrance to the castle is about 2/3rds of the way out. There is a fee, but given how nice the staff was and how well maintained the site is, it seemed reasonable. Nice to support this kind of conservation. They provide a map and there are some signs, but we did have a little trouble following a sequence. Nevertheless, I think we saw it all.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • G R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    A very interesting castle to visit with a varied history. The free guided tour was a bonus. Our guide Nev was excellent - great stories & facts plus interesting information about Guernsey and all with a sense of humour. Very friendly, helpful staff in the shop. Very good value for money
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • chuckWarwick_UK
    Warwick, United Kingdom63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to start your Guernsey tour
    The museum is extensive and covers the full age of when the fortifications started through to post war. It is a good place to start your tour and there are plenty of things outside as well as inside. There are very clean toilets and a cafe too
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Retired legend
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle Cornet comes to life
    This is a fascinating castle and well worth the visit but if you can time it to get a free guided tour with Nev then you have really struck gold. He is a fantastic guide with such a wealth of knowledge about the history of the castle including many pointers as to why it was built in a specific way. A local lad he has great personal history and brings the castle to life with many interesting anecdotes. Even if you find history a bit boring , his chat and walk round the castle will enthral you. A must-see when visiting Guernsey.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • swift-simba
    Camberley, United Kingdom8,265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place with a lot to see and wonderful views.
    This is well worth visiting especially with the discovery pass that you can use for the whole year. It also gives you 10% off i the gift shop. There is a museum section that is well laid out and very informative with figures dressed in period costume and with notice boards around for information. We were lucky and got there in time for the guided tour. It was well worth it. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the castle and really made the castle come alive. If you get a chance to go on the guided tour it is well worth it. There is a lot to see and a lot of steps to climb so for anyone less mobile it could be a real challenge. The views across the port and towards the nearby islands are spectacular. We really enjoyed our visit and all the exhibits in the various Museums there. On certain days they fire the midday gun. We were not lucky enough to see it on this visit however if we get a chance to return we would certainly like to see it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Ilovetravel
    Birmingham, United Kingdom390 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic castle
    Built to protect the islanders, the castle has stood for over 800 years. We timed our visit wrong and just missed a guided tour but it was easy enough to do a self-guided tour and follow the signage. Good views across to Herm & Sark, especially if enjoying a snack or lunch at the cafe.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
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epipon1969
197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
A short walk from town but well worth it, with individual displays of the castle’s history and links with the 201 squadron, Royal Air Force made this well worth visiting. Don’t miss the midday firing of the cannon on the castle ramparts with the staff dressed in period uniforms, be warned that the cannon is very loud so if you take small children they might want to cover their ears. Although not the cheapest museum on the island I would highly recommend it
Written September 15, 2022
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Chris H
Bristol, UK2,119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Our first day of a week in Guernsey and we went into St Peter Port to get a weekly pass for the buses. As we could see Castle Cornet from the bus station, we decided to walk out there. A pleasant walk alongside the marina, then a reasonably interesting visit to the castle.
I'm not sure the entrance fee is justified, but we enjoyed the views, exploring the castle grounds and the museum of the history of the castle. The other two museums were not of great interest for our tastes.
The well-kept gardens were delightful.
More comprehensive signage and explanations of different locations would be an advantage.
It was a shame that the cafe was closed - it was a long walk back into town to find somewhere for (a very late) lunch. There is a cafe near the marina but with a strong westerly wind that was not a comfortable place to sit!
Written May 28, 2022
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Richard T
Burnley, UK1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The layout of the castle museum is not the easiest to follow but the content caters for most tastes. There was a large group of primary school children there when we were there and they were having a great time.
A gun is fired at noon, with a bit of pomp and ceremony.
Plenty of history of the town and the Second World War occupation, which was very interesting. It covered both military and social aspects.
Written July 8, 2021
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Glad you enjoyed the Noon Day Gun, it is definitely a highlight.
Written September 15, 2021
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ScotinEngland
St Anne, UK2,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
A really excellent visit despite the rain. A great greeting on entry with clear concise briefing as to the castle layout and the views and the 4 museums. The museums we’re really going for information and interactive displays. Good children’s quizzes as well. The food in the refectory was sensibly priced. The high point was the firing of the 12 noon gun. Wholeheartedly recommended as a place to visit 😊🇬🇬
Written May 13, 2021
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Many thanks for the lovely review, sorry we couldn't supply you with better weather -maybe next time, we hope to see you again!
Written September 15, 2021
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Nicola_W_0108
United Kingdom702 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We spent several enjoyable hours at Castle Cornet. Admission price seemed decent value for money, the staff were helpful and the gift shop well-stocked. Good selection of food options in the cafe, although the staff weren’t as friendly in there. There was lots to explore walking around the castle and a selection of museums for those interested. It was a shame that a handful of other visitors spoiled the experience somewhat by talking loudly, letting children run around shouting/jumping out etc. My husband particularly enjoyed the history linked with the castle. The weather was great on the day we went, which made for lovely views and enhanced our visit. The noon gun firing was also worth experiencing!
Written April 17, 2022
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David0ff82
Liverpool, UK1,355 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We arrived here end of July 2022 via the P&O Ventura Cruise around Europe I was with my partner, his sister her fans their 2 daughters. This was our visit stop and we spotted the castle so headed up. When we got there we took in some of the views and paid the entrance fee to the museum there were some interesting bit it was ok. Outside we had a cannon display and it was shot as part of the show. We then explored a round the grounds taking some photos. Worth a visit if in the area.
Written June 30, 2023
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Treacle
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Ancient castle sticking out to sea. Four museums, gift shop, cafe plus views over the nearby islands. Noon day gun firing is impressive. A short drama performance usually follows. Free tour at 10.30. What's not to like? Looking forward to the reopening once this virus is beaten.
Written March 29, 2020
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swift-simba
Camberley, UK8,265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is well worth visiting especially with the discovery pass that you can use for the whole year. It also gives you 10% off i the gift shop.

There is a museum section that is well laid out and very informative with figures dressed in period costume and with notice boards around for information.

We were lucky and got there in time for the guided tour. It was well worth it. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the castle and really made the castle come alive. If you get a chance to go on the guided tour it is well worth it.

There is a lot to see and a lot of steps to climb so for anyone less mobile it could be a real challenge.
The views across the port and towards the nearby islands are spectacular.

We really enjoyed our visit and all the exhibits in the various Museums there.
On certain days they fire the midday gun. We were not lucky enough to see it on this visit however if we get a chance to return we would certainly like to see it.
Written November 7, 2023
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Zippy-Oz
London, UK343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
A real local & historical ‘gem’ located in St Peter Port’s harbour. On-site exhibitions provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in the island’s fascinating history spanning hundreds of years.

Originally constructed in the 13th century to defend the town’s busy trading harbour. The site also houses the RGLI Regimental / RGM / 201 Squadron Museums – which are packed with heaps of interesting information.

If lucky, you can also hear the Noonday Gun being fired – the sound of which echoes all around the town.

You can easily spend 3-4 hours taking in the local history & wonderful scenery without too much trouble.
Written February 16, 2022
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OlwenCapper
Crawley, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Really enjoyed walking around Castle Cornet, seeing the gardens, looking at views of St Peter Port. We only visited the history of the Castle Museum at the begining of the tour - it gave us an overall view of how it developed. We stayed for the midday gun fire - even though you are expecting it - it is loud!! We stayed for the Living History performance which was interesting.
Written June 13, 2022
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