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“Glad We Went”
Review of Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle
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$42.54*
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Jersey Heritage Pass: 4 for 3 Attractions
Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in St. Helier
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 29 March to 29 October- Daily - 10am to 5.30pm. We've just been nominated for a Jersey Style Award, please vote for Elizabeth Castle by searching for Jersey Style Awards 2017. 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Norwich, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Glad We Went”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Walked the causeway both ways which in itself was enjoyable. It is a strange place in that there is plenty to hold your interest without miles of descriptions/explanations of exhibits.
We were however a little disappointed when we saw 2 advertising boards advertising a military parade at 12:00 hours and the firing of a cannon at 13:00. Visitors began to assemble and both hours past with a big bunch of nothing. Staff must be aware of the gatherings but lacked the courtesy to inform people that it was not going to happen. The money taker at the entrance could not have cared less.
On a positive note, if I were not aware of these 'non events' I still would have visited, and glad I did

Visited April 2013
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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Elizabeth Castle”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

challenge to get across the causeway when the tide is out and then back on the boat bus when it comes in. lots of history on show but great to climb on the battlements and WW2 buildings.

Visited April 2013
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Kent
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“Great place to visit”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

The trip over in the amphibious vehicle was fun and the castle itself is interesting and thought provoking. Lots to see and do and all the exhibits are well presented. Great views from the top and a nice café too.

Visited April 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Loads of History!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Medieval right through to occupation - this has it all in a stunning location in the harbour. take the amphibious transport across or walk at low tide. lots to see and do plus a cafe.exhibitions and German bunkers plus views for miles. Great day out!

Visited March 2013
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Worth the trip”
Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

OK this is not the cheapest of experiences - trip across and entry fee over £30 for three of us - but it was well worth the price. And we even walked back ashore across the causeway. The whole fort is well presented and maintained and very extensive. We spent a very enjoyable two hours wandering about, listening to the Master Gunner and witnessing the midday gun firing. Sunny weather after days of rain and snow and having place almost to ourselves enhanced our visit..... Might well be a bit more hectic on a summers Sunday. Fascinating and enjoyable experience.

Visited March 2013
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