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Elizabeth Castle

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Address: St Aubin's Bay, St Helier JE3 3NU
Phone Number: +44 1534 723971
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Really interesting castle

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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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 3 weeks ago

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 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like castles, then hopefully you'll like Elizabeth Castle. When the tide is out you can have a leisurely walk up to it, otherwise you can take the ferry, which is actually a mini-bus looking vehicle that can both float across on the water or drive across if the tide is out. I would personally do both - ferry... More 

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Sale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

take a good walk across the shore or join the tourists on the amphibious bus across to the castle to begin this interesting experience.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting place and a novel way to travel to it, either walk accross the causeway at low tide or go aboard the unusual water bus, the castle itself is steeped in history and makes for a really enjoyable outing for children and adults.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were 'lucky' as the tide was out as it's an interesting 10 mins or so walk out to sea along a platform to the castle, which is very interesting and historic with great views from many viewpoints & good museums and displays. Worth the entrance fee and trip.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here with our nearly 3 year old, who loved the duck boats, the castle has large enough grounds to spend a few hours here, there's a little cafe for a drink or ice cream. The views from the castle are amazing, and the castle is very well kept. Defiantly worth a visit

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the trip on the duck to get us too and from the castle. Lots to see when you're there. Took us 3 hours to o go round it all.

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