Elizabeth Castle Jersey

St Helier Attractions

About Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle dates to the 1590’s and proudly stands on a rocky outlet off St Aubins Bay. The castle is so named after Elizabeth I, the queen of England at its time of construction.

It has lived through an abundance of historical events including the first and second world wars and the English civil war. The castle acted as home to Sir Walter Raleigh, the Governor of Jersey between 1600-1603. It also offered refuge to Kind Charles II during the English civil war between 1642-1651.

The castle now is a museum open to the public wishing to find out about the island’s incredible history. Visitors can explore this historic building by foot during low tide, or by taking a short ride on an amphibious ferry across the bay when the tide is high.

Every Sunday during season, the castle re-enacts ‘living history days’, where actors relive the events of the garrison in 1781. This involves firing the canons and muskets and acting out snapshots of what civilian life would have been like at the time.

Price & Opening Times

  • Price: From £8.25 to £15.65
  • Opening Times: 29th March to 29th October 10:00-17:30


  • Payment on arrival by cash or card.
  • 15% discount for groups of 6 or more adults or seniors if booked in advance.
  • A café is on the castle grounds with refreshments.
  • There is a Jersey Heritage gift shop to pick up souvenirs.
  • No dogs except guide dogs.
  • Hearing loops available on request at reception.


The castle lies on a rocky islet in St Aubins Bay and is accessible by foot from St Helier at low tide, or on an amphibious ferry from St. Helier. There are many public carparks in St Helier, only a short walk away from the ferry crossing. All bus routes stop via Liberation Station, also only a short walk away.

Address:St Aubin’s Bay, St Helier, Jersey JE2 3NU, Jersey

Booking Details

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Condor Ferries: Enjoy glorious ocean views and an onboard duty free shop for the ultimate relaxing journey over to the Channel Islands from UK ports in Poole and Portsmouth.

Fly Jersey: You can find great deals on your air travel with Fly Jersey. From booking hire cars to finding self-catering accommodation, Fly Jersey will make sure your island holiday is hassle-free.

Top 4 things to do at Elizabeth Castle

Explore the secrets that lie inside the hidden rooms and bunkers that make up this impressive 1590’s castle.

During low tide, stroll the 1.5 miles across to the breakwater that protects the precious capital of St Helier from the powerful Channel Island waves.

Enjoy the views from the top of the turrets of the glorious south-coast seas or look the other way to see the beautiful streets of the capital.

Visit the Castle café and enjoy a warming cup of tea or a cool drink in the summer days on the castle grounds.

Learn More About Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle is a great day out for all ages. From the moment you buy your ferry and castle tickets at the Castle kiosk at West Park slipway in St Helier, to the moment you step onto the islet to be greeted by the castle’s towering turrets, the experience will give you a magical insight into the island’s incredible history. Exhibition rooms around the parade grounds will showcase some of the castle’s glorious past including some of the weapons used in battle and household items that you could find around the castle during those times.

If you are at the castle at 1pm, you will see (and hear!) the canons being fired, and you will get a true sense of the power this castle holds. The castle is a fantastic way to experience the island’s past with engaging exhibitions while enjoying the fantastic views across the south coast.