Construction of Elizabeth Castle commenced in 1594, on account of Jersey's existing stronghold being unable to resist cannon attacks. Building continued in the early 17th century under the supervision of Jersey's then governor, Sir Walter Raleigh. The castle soon became the Governor's official residence.
Since then, it has regularly seen military action: it was bombarded by Parliamentarian forces during the English civil war; held captured French prisoners during the Seven Years War; repelled a French invasion, led by Baron Phillipe de Rullecourt, during the 18th century Battle of Jersey; and was modernised and used by the Germans when the Channel Islands were occupied during the second world war.
The Castle can be accessed by causeway during low tide, and by the “puddle duck” at other times. The Castle now offers great views out to sea, lots of rooms and grounds to explore, various exhibition rooms containing military memorabilia, together with guided tours and highly-rated historical re-enactments.
where? Elizabeth Castle, St Aubin’s Bay, St Helier, JE3 3NU, or Castle Ferry Kiosk, Les Jardine de la Mer, West Park, St Helier, JE3 3NU. T: +44 (0)1534 723 971 (Castle) or +44 (0)1534 634048 (Castle Ferry Kiosk).
when? Open daily 10am to 5.30pm between 21st March and 28th October. Closed during the winter.
Adults £11.60 (Castle and ferry £14.35); Seniors £10.45 (£13.25); Children (6 – 16) £7.95 (£10.65); Students: £7.95 (£10.65); Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children) £35.15 (£45.00)