Mont Orgueil Castle (Gorey Castle) Jersey

St. Martin Attractions

About Mont Orgueil Castle

Mont Orgueil, also referred to as Gorey Castle, is a 13th century fortress that looks over the east of the island at Gorey harbour. The amazing fortress was built in 1212 under the Duchy of Normandy division and served as Jersey’s forefront of defence until it was replaced by Elizabeth Castle.

Elizabeth Castle overtook Mont Orgueil due to its ability to defend against the introduction of canons in the 1590’s. Mont Orgueil was saved from destruction by Sir Walter Raleigh and used a prison. The prison contained some of the men who signed the death warrant for Charles I in 1649, a few of whom died within its walls.

When St Helier prison was built at the end of the 17th century, the castle was then used as military accommodation and welcomed many royals through its walls. Since 1929, the castle has been open as a museum and is a great place to gain an insight into the island’s fascinating past.

Mont Orgueil Price & Opening Times

  • Price: Tickets to the castle vary from £8.70 to £13.70.
  • Opening Times: The castle is open 10:00-16:00 Friday to Monday.


  • 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.

Gorey Castle Location

The castle lies on the east of the island in Gorey. There is free parking at Long Beach, just a ten-minute walk away. Bus routes 1, 1a, 2, and 13 also pass the castle.

Address: Castle Green, Gorey, St Martin JE3 6ET, Jersey

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Top 5 Things to do at Orgueil Castle

Explore the ‘Witches in Hell’ exhibition that lies within the Castle Dungeons.

Climb up the turrets to discover the peculiar ‘Wheel of Urine’.

Enjoy the amazing coastal views, particularly across to see Normandy’s Cotentin Peninsula.

Scout out the prayer nuts that hide in one of the castle’s rooms

Learn more about Gorey Castle

Upon entering Mont Orgueil, you’ll be astounded by how much history the fortress holds. From being the forefront of defence, to a prison, to military accommodation, the castle holds many a tale within its walls. Bought by the crown in 1907 and then converted into a museum in 1929, the castle has been a buzzing tourist attraction since, only closing during the destruction of WW2 and the German Occupation.

Not only is Mont Orgueil a fantastic day out for the whole family, with its towering turrets, fascinating exhibitions and an exciting insight into the history of the island, it is also based in the glorious Gorey harbour.

From the castle and the harbour, you can admire views that stretch right across to France. You can also find one of the many eateries that decorate the harbour such as the Jersey Crab Shack and enjoy some fresh Jersey fish after a busy day exploring the castle grounds.