Overlooking Gorey harbour, Mont Orgueil Castle (aka Gorey Castle, the Old Castle and Le Vier Chate) was constructed following the division of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204. The Castle remained the first line of defence against French invasion until the construction of Elizabeth castle in 1594.  Thereafter, it was converted into a prison, often holding political agitators such as William Prynne from the English mainland, and then for use as barracks.  It was occupied by German forces during the second world war, and now appears on the Jersey £50 note.

Visitors will enjoy exploring the towers (with their stunning views making the 198 steps to the top worth the effort, and decommissioned cannons pointing towards France), turrets (where you will find the medieval ‘wheel of urine’!), dungeons (to explore the witchcraft exhibit) and gardens (where you can have your picture taken in stocks).
The Castle also hosts ‘living history’ days, complete with jousting knights, and Chris Levine and Rob Munday’s exhibition ‘The Queen’ (featuring an impressive holographic portrait of Her Majesty).  The Castle was featured in a Time Team episode in 2011 and has a licensed café and gift shop.  A great attraction for kids.
where? Mont Orgueil Castle, Gorey, St Martin JE3 6ET
when? 2018
02 January to 08 February – every Saturday and Sunday – 10am to 4pm
09 February to 08 March – Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday – 10am to 4pm
09 March to 28 October- Daily – 10am to 6pm
29 October to 20 December- Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – 10am to 4pm
21 December to 23 December – Daily – 10am to 4pm
27 December to 30 December – Daily 10am to 4pm

Monday 01 January 2018
Monday 24 December 2018
Tuesday 25 December 2018
Wednesday 26 December 2018
Monday 31 December 2018

Pricing 2018 tbc

Main Image courtesy of Jean Lelliott

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