Elizabeth Castle, St. Helier

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Where many castles employed a moat as watery protection, Elizabeth Castle used the surrounding sea. This fortress sits on a rocky islet with the ocean water encircling it at high tide. If you visit when the tide's in, take the ferry. If the tide's out, walk along the causeway (you can also take the ferry if you prefer). When you reach the castle, climb to the top of the battlements for views back to the Jersey coast, and view exhibitions that tell the fortress's story and present military memorabilia. Try to time your visit in conjunction with the midday soldier's parade and firing of the cannon. Put Elizabeth Castle at the forefront of your travel plans using our St. Helier travel route builder website .
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  • a place to visit on a good day if it raining do not go but if you like to get wet go for it so if you would like to see old things it a good day out  more »
  • I would thoroughly recommend this for a visit. It is reached by an amphibious vehicle via land or water dependent on the tide and the castle itself is well worth a look. The historical exhibits are we...  more »
  • We took the amphibian vehicle to the castle just as the tide was rushing in - quite a bumpy ride in comparison to the ‘sail’ back. The castle is a great place to explore with wonderful views out to se...  more »
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  • from the ferry boat bus across the causeway (walkable at low tide) we went straight in to the castle and saw the Canon demonstration which was extremely good, interesting and extremely well presented. We then took in the musket demonstration and again, extremely interesting. I have to say though, both do take some time so won't appeal as much if you just want to hear big bangs and don't like some history or militaria to lighten your day. This site has some really good exhibits and held us there for a good few enjoyable hours. They seem to be ever improving it with some sections open and interesting but lacking the same level if detailed cards that other areas receive. Very enjoyable visit all in.
  • A fantastic stay in the spacious house in the grounds of the castle. So much to see, we had 24 acres to explore when all the visitors had gone, we didn't miss any night life either. Different views from all over the bay and beyond. Our family, all enjoyed our holiday, we went to Gorey Castle too which was different. A holiday with a difference with history. Getting the ferry onto the castle and walking back when tide was out. So much fun. Looking to going back. The staff were brilliant as was seeing the cannon fired and the gun to, cover your ears though. The ferry staff were so helpful and friendly too.
  • A stunning castle with so much to do! The "duck" ferry here is also fun. The only downside is that people who don't read English fluently or aren't with someone who does wouldn't get much from looking at the museum exhibits. The living history people, and guides are fantastic, and you can see a musket and a cannon fired. You can also climb right to the top of the castle.
  • Don't miss this if you're in St Helier. Walk the causeway (opposite Grand Hotel) at low tide, or take the wading vehicle ferry for a few more pounds. Interesting exhibitions on army life through the centuries, and a one o'clock cannon (at least on the day we were here). Harsh life for the battalion in winter, but great on a warm summer's day.
  • Great place to visit. We happened to visit on St Heliers day, the only day in the year that his shrine on the Hermitage is open! Check tide times before going, although the duck boat services are quite frequent. Recommend the 4 for 3 pass.
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