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.