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Review of Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle
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Jersey Heritage Pass: 4 for 3 Attractions
Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in St. Helier
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. 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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed October 5, 2013

I visited this with my wife, expecting to spend a couple of hours at this castle. We were the first group over to the castle and joined in on a tour around the castle. The tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. We were quite a large group but he was able to keep us entertained and interested in the castle and its history.

Once the tour had finished we were able to listen to the 'Master Gunner' give a talk on the history of the castle from its beginnings to the defences that the Germans installed during WWII. Once his talk was over he called forward all men to take part in drill. Whilst some didn't want to take part it was a bit of a laugh and the Master Gunner was able to add in a the history of being in the Army at the time. We then moved down to the cannon that was located in the lower part of the castle for a live firing. Once again, the Master Gunner was very diligent with his history and explanation as to how the Artillery set up these cannons during battle. Once the cannon was set up were were able to experience the live firing of this cannon which was quite something!

The castle itself was quite impressive, its not the typical medieval castle but one that has undergone changes through its history and has very strong links to the English Civil War which has affected its architecture which is what I enjoyed most. Ia do accept its not to everyones taste, including my wife's.

We aimed to spend a couple of hours in this castle but ended up spending 4 hours so leave plenty of time in order to see the castle and all it has to offer including the museum and displays within the soldiers and Officers accommodation buildings.

Its well worth a visit to help understand the history of Jersey and to see period architecture ranging from the very beginning of the castles construction through to WWII

Thank Hubbard1985
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Expensive and not much to see when there even the cafe was a bit soulless. Nice views across the bay though.

Thank MartinWBadHomburg
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Get the timing right, and this is a great entertainment for all the family, if you are interested in history. The timing is important if you want to walk the causeway to get there, then you can take the bus/ferry to return to the mainland. The talk from an 18th century soldier begins at 12 noon, with the canon fired at 1 pm, then a castle tour at 1.15 pm. It kept our 8 and 12 year old boys entertained.

Toilets spotless.

Thank JAC2424
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Well worth a visit - went on the ferry and walked back over the causeway. Very interesting and the talks and enactments very good. Spent about 4 hours here, weather great.

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Loved the Living History about muskets and cannons. Allow yourselves plenty of time for this castle.

Thank Patricia M
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