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“Worth the boat ride”
Review of Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle
Ranked #1 of 54 things to do in St. Helier
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Closed until Spring 2018. 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, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 5, 2014

Very impressive fortifications spanning the centuries. the boat-bus ride to the castle is fun for kids.

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

It was good to go back, it is of great interest to visit this castle. When the tide is out you can walk out to the castle, otherwise a boat will take you the short distance.

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Brilliant journey on the amphibian vehicle to the castle...good fun and good value. Castle like a rabbit warren but made us think what it was like during the occupation. As long as you keep an eye on children this would be fantastic for them...and also a great place for a picnic. There was a good cafe there. Really enjoyed it even with the amount of climbing steps. Perhaps not that good for the infirm.

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

If you've ever been on a Duck Tour in London or Liverpool (they probably do these in other places too) then you'll be familiar with amphibious vehicles. To get to (or from) Elizabeth Castle when the tide is in you need to catch something similar in design, but not in shape. It is, to all intents and purposes, a sky blue lorry. It looks about as seaworthy as a brick. Luckily, however, it floated rather well, and we had a smooth trip.

The Castle itself was great. With fantastic views over St Aubins bay (don't look the other way, the incinerator isn't pretty), it was built in the Elizabethan period, with additions during the Napoleonic War and by the Wehrmacht (the latter interesting but hardly attractive). All of the displays were very good, the staff were friendly, and if the weather is good you'll have a worthwhile half day.

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Reviewed April 26, 2014

I was recruited into 18th century army, drilled and fired cannon. Castle deeply involved with the evolution of Jersey from 6th century hermit monk to Sir Walter Raleigh to French wars to German occupation in 2nd World War.

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