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Elizabeth Castle

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Address: St Aubin's Bay, St Helier JE3 3NU
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+44 1534 723971
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

ELIZABETH CASTLE IS CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 23 Built on a rocky islet in St...

ELIZABETH CASTLE IS CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 23 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.

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A Great Place for a Wedding

I went to a wedding at Elizabeth Castle and it was a very interesting occasion. We had to get there by one of those yellow land/sea vehicles and the seaweed had a really awful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Paul R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to a wedding at Elizabeth Castle and it was a very interesting occasion. We had to get there by one of those yellow land/sea vehicles and the seaweed had a really awful stench - but once we arrived at the castle it was brilliant. Some guys dressed as 16th Century guards fired into the air and frightened everybody... More 

Thank Paul R
Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a walk through the Island History, from a windswept place. This is a very very interesting Castle where you can explore and discover at your own pace. It is not Wifi or electronically interactive as you would expect, but, it is great for families as you get stuck in and find out in what could be described as... More 

Thank goozbian
Stavanger Municipality, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If possible walk there, just 15 mind. The castle as you would expect is steeped in history, superbly preserved. There are military pagents and museums of interest and the whole castle to explore. Well worth a visit.

Thank george t
Whitstable, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The pictures say it all. When it is low tide, it was so lovely to walk to the castle front along the path. Absolutely beautiful even in winter. The castle isn't open all year round and so we didn't go in.

Thank Ruth L
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Brilliant view on a clear day, if you are happy to pay the entrance fee, parking was plenty when we visited but may get tricky in busy periods

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

A great experience and some great museum parts to explore, I would recommended visiting in the summer months, their are two ways of getting to the castle, either by a small ferry or by foot,I must warn you that the ride does come up very quickly so be careful. A must see is the Jersey Royal Militia reenactment that takes... More 

Thank Radek V
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We went across at low tide. Although the castle is now closed to the public, the walk across the causeway was really lovely and there was plenty to look at from the outside of the building. Great way to spend half a day - and a great walk too! - it was cold and bright and a little breezy when... More 

Thank Kathryn H
Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

I booked and took the Duck across to the castle but when the tide is out i've been told you can walk out to the castle. The castle and demostrations are worth the visit. Lovely grounds and take a trip up to the little hermets house at the far end of the castle. Be careful up the steps and watch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Probably the most fun is the journey in the amphibious vehicle across to the island and into the castle. The castle itself is well preserved and demonstrates occupation from its early days right up to the Second World War occupation by the Germans. The displays are well thought out and the live demonstrations are worth watching. All in all a... More 

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jerseyheritage365, Public Relations Manager at Elizabeth Castle, responded to this review

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the castle. Did the safety video in the Castle Ferry make you smile....we've had some great reviews of this part of the experience! More 

Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We take the grandchildren regularly to Elizabeth Castle as they have so much fun. We take the Duck across the causeway, which is fun. There is loads to explore and the mid-day gun. There is an audience participation event which involves being a soldier who must perform certain duties - very amusing. The cafe is pretty basic, but we normally... More 

Thank Lorraine S

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