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Review of La Hougue Bie

La Hougue Bie
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Grouville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Closed until Spring 2018 La Hougue Bie delivers a truly memorable experience that is at once thought provoking and peaceful. The site features one of Europe's finest passage graves where you can learn about life in Jersey's Neolithic community 6,000 years ago. A medieval chapel sits on top of the prehistoric mound and dolmen dominating this tranquil and spiritual site. Unlike many other dolmens you can stand inside the chamber of the passage grave and feel the heart of this place of worship. Visit the archaeology exhibition of the Ice Age Island project which draws on current research to tell exciting stories about how our ancestors lived and adapted to the Ice Age world.. La Hougue Bie has a large picnic area where you can enjoy a day out amongst the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. 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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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Amazing site from Neolithic chambered tomb to German bunker!!
Worth gong into the bunker to dad the memorial messages as part of the artwork.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

If you like ancient monuments, archaeology and geology this is a fascinating place to go. We spent 3 hours there. However if you are not interested in these you will be gone in 15 minutes wondering why you wasted your money. To get there take the bus from town. It stops right outside the entrance. There was a volunteer guide waiting for the bus. Dee was knowledgable, friendly and came equiped with a torch. The passage tomb is dark and cold. The tour took about 30 minutes and after that we wandered around. As well as the dolmen there is a medieval church on top of the mound, apparently still licensed for weddings, a well presented display of the islands geology and a German Bunker. There are also picnic tables in the grounds. An enjoyable day but you need to know what you are looking at.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Situated on the Eastern side of the island, the Hougue Bie seems to consist of three separate historical sections - the extremely ancient burial mound, the ancient chapel at the top of the mound and the rather sombre German bunker in the ground, which rather replicates the exhibits found in the War Tunnels. Entry to the burial mound is via a nine-foot entrnace passage which seems to be only about two feet high - not one for those with back-trouble. At this time of year, the wasps were rather more plentiful than we would have liked and walking to the top of the mound in the baking heat of a Summer's day was a little debilitating, beautiful though the chapel was. The German bunkers told in forthright fashion of the traumas experienced by overseas POW's shipped over in the war by the Nazis - rather depressing if moving. Certainly worth a look.

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

A fine passage tomb, which I would compare to Newgrange in Ireland. Take a moment to enjoy the marvel of stone age technology, and consider the ancient spirit of the place. This ancient spirit is not diminished by the inter loping chapel on top, which is interesting in itself. The mound is well preserved, especially considering that there is a German bomb shelter cut in the back of the mound. The bunker complex is presented well, as a tribute to the slave labourers suffering in WW2. The museum is just the right size to appreciate the artefacts recovered and put the site into some context. Imagine your own rituals at the solstice...

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I Visited with my wife and found the admission cost not that cheap, luckily it was just the two of us, would be quite an expensive attraction for a family. That said there was a number of things of interest including the geology/archaeology exhibits in the museum and the neolithic burial chamber. For me the highlight had to be the German WW2 bunker, a very poignant insight in the horrors of world war 2. .
Again not for the in firmed........
If you are up for the climb up the hill the chapel is worth a visit.

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