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.


1) See the Dance of Death statue hidden within the Castle

2) Take a free tour with one of our volunteer guides (tours will start again in 2021)

3) Walk down the staircase to find the Witches in Hell

4) Discover the Wheel of Urine

5) Find the Prayer Nuts in one of the castle’s rooms

Opening Times 2021

Open Saturdays from 11 January to 5 February – 10am to 4pm
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 5 February to 17 March – 10am to 4pm
Open daily from 17 March to 1 November – 10am to 6pm
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 1 November to 21 December

Closed from 21 December to January 2022
Open daily from March until November

1 January
25 and 26 December
31 December

Main Image courtesy of Jean Lelliott

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