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“What an amazing place to visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
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: 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. Ancient treasures are waiting to be found in the geology and archaeology museum, including coin hoards, axes, swords and spears. You'll also discover a command bunker built during the German Occupation, housing a unique memorial to the slave-workers who were brought to the Channel Islands by invading Nazi forces during the Second World War. From autumn the world's largest Celtic coin hoard will be on display at La Hougue Bie. View some of the gold and silver treasures found in the hoard and watch conservators as they painstakingly excavate more coins and treasure from the hoard. 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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Camberley, United Kingdom
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“What an amazing place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a place well worth visiting. There is also a museum there and also a memorial bunker to all those who suffered under the German occupation. The memorial is worth the time to see and please read all the inscriptions if nothing else as a mark of respect to all those who suffered at that time.
The chapel at the top is really beautiful and so is the underground passage at the bottom of the mound.
This is a little gem worth finding. It can be found using the visitor map (free in all places and given out at the ferry terminal as you arrive) and by following the brown tourist signs.

Visited October 2013
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Royston, United Kingdom
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“Pipe down!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

A very interesting place for archaeology buffs. The only problem I had with it was the noisiness of the main exhibition room caused by too many audio visual exhibits playing at once in a small area. Surely the number of these could be reduced?

Visited October 2013
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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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“Hougue Bie; Three for the price of one!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

One of the finest neolithic passage graves in Europe and this is one you can go inside! The ceiling is very low and the lighting modest but this allows a much better feel for the place and the sheer size of the stones. On top of it is a prehistoric mound and on top of that sits the tiny medieval chapel. The views from the top are delightful. Then there is the German Command Bunker from WW11 with it's displays and then the museum proper with material on Jersey's geology and details of other archaeological finds. Now there is a new exhibit, "Treasures of the Island" which shows a lot of the hordes found. Something for everyone!
There is a tiny tearoom and loos, but there are plenty of restaurants not far away if you need to stock up.

Visited April 2013
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Basel, Switzerland
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“for history buffs amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

staff so helpful-great for children too it truly is amazing...shows just how clever our ancestors were...

Visited November 2012
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“Excellent prehistoric attraction.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

The chance to walk in to a structure such as this was a great opportunity. The site had displays explaining Jerseys geology and archaeology which gave a fantastic insight in to the islands way of life. It was humbling to see what man was able to do so long ago.

It was impressive to see scales and the work that must have been involved. Interesting to see was the 12c chapel built atop the burial mound.

It was interesting also to have the German WWII command bunkers sunk in to the burial mound as well. It shows this site has spiritual as well as defensive benefits.

The cost was a little steep for what it is but it was still a good day out and worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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