About the Castle
Built on a rocky islet in St Aubin’s bay, Elizabeth Castle has defended Jersey for more than 300 years and today provides a glimpse into Jersey’s past, from as early as 550 A.D., through to World War II and the 20th century.
A visit to the Castle is the perfect place to spend a day exploring Jersey’s history. Here, among other things, you will be able to climb the battlements dating back to the 1590’s when Sir Walter Raleigh was governor of Jersey, explore the grounds which gave refuge to King Charles II during the English Civil War and marvel at the hermitage where St Helier is thought to have lived around 550AD. The Castle is home to bunkers which were re-fortified during the German occupation and features several exhibitions explaining many other aspects of Jersey’s fascinating history.
The castle is accessible at low tide by foot, or, at both low and high tide by the Castle Ferry, which will transport you across the bay to and from the Castle
Top Five Things to Do at Elizabeth Castle
- Enjoy the spectacle of the Mid-Day Parade and cannon firing
- Climb to top of the battlements for a breathtaking views around the bay and the south coast of Jersey
- Learn the fascinating history of the castle in the War and Peace Exhibition
- Visit the Granite and Gunpowder exhibition which tells the story of the Jersey Militia
- Take a stroll to the end of the breakwater, which extends 1.5 miles out to sea
Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa
Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa is the only 5 star hotel in St Helier. The hotel offers fantastic sea views over St Aubin’s bay and Elizabeth castle, an award winning spa and three AA Rosette restaurant.View »
Pomme d'Or Hotel
Established over 175 years ago, the Pomme d'Or is one of Jersey's most prominent hotels. With 143 rooms to choose from and a very convenient town centre location, the Pomme d'Or offers city-style facilities and attentive service.View »
Radisson Blu Hotel
Located in a prime location on St Helier’s waterfront and offering easy access to the town centre and St. Aubin's Bay, the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is a popular choice for many Jersey visitors.View »
Royal Yacht Hotel
The Royal Yacht Hotel offers an incredible town centre location combined with the fantastic Spa Sirène and an unrivalled selection of restaurants and bars.View »
Once a coach house, the Revere is now a boutique style hotel conveniently close to the heart of St. Helier’s town centre as well as to Jersey's south coast beaches.View »
The Stafford Hotel offers great budget accommodation in a fantastic town location, plus access to sister hotel The Revere’s facilities, including an outdoor swimming pool and two restaurants.View »
Elizabeth Castle Apartment
The Elizabeth Castle Apartment is a truly unique place to stay. Sleeping up to six people within the walls of this historic Jersey landmark, the apartment is ideal for short getaways and longer holidays in Jersey.View »
Dating from between 1740 and 1760, the fisherman's cottage has been lovingly restored and offers a fantastic place to stay, close to the centre of St. Helier town centre yet a world away from it all.View »
How do I get to the castle?
The castle is reached on foot along a causeway from West Park slipway in St Helier. Visitors can either walk at low tide or catch the pirate-themed Castle Ferry (small charge applies) at high or low tide.
Where can I park?
Public parking is available in Patriotic Street, the Waterfront and the Esplanade car parks or in parking bays off Victoria Avenue.
Is there disabled access?
Unfortunately the site is not suitable for people with mobility impairment. No dogs, except guide dogs.
Can I get the bus?
All bus routes terminate at Liberation Station, which is a short walk away.
29 March to 29 October- Daily - 10am to 5.30pm
Entry - Castle & Ferry
Jersey Heritage members: Free / Adults: £13.65 / Seniors: £12.85 / Students & Children (6 - 16): £10.35 / Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £43.75
Entry - Castle only
Jersey Heritage members: Free / Adults: £11.25 / Seniors: £10.15 / Students & Children (6 - 16): £10.15 / Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £34.15
4 sites for the price of 3 - on sale at all Heritage sites