Elizabeth Castle: A Visitor’s Guide
Elizabeth Castle stands at the opposite side of the bay to St Aubin’s Fort. It was named after Queen Elizabeth, with construction beginning towards the latter part of the 16th century.
A Castle Steeped in History, Just 15 Minutes (7 Kilometres) From The Old Court House Inn
After a busy day exploring the sights of Jersey, why not stop by the Old Court House Inn? With 10 comfortable en-suite bedrooms, delicious pub dishes and plenty of award-winning Liberation beer, it is the perfect place to drink, dine or stay.
A Brief History
Built on an island known as The Islet, the first protective measures were installed in the mid-16th century. Construction of the castle began in 1594.
The first iteration of the castle was completed in the early 17th century, with further developments made in the following years.
Towards the latter part of the 17th century, another part of the castle was built on a small adjacent island, with the fortress being combined once the building work was complete.
Elizabeth Castle Today
Surplus to requirements since the introduction of Fort Regent, Elizabeth Castle was sold to the States of Jersey by the British Government in 1923. During the German occupation during World War II, it was briefly fortified once more.
Fast forward to today and Elizabeth Castle serves as a museum and sightseer attraction. Visitors can access the castle on foot (at low tide when water levels permit) or via the Castle Ferry, which runs frequent return services.
A visit to Elizabeth Castle will ensure that you return with a wealth of knowledge of Jersey over the past centuries. Several exhibitions take place throughout the year, bringing the history to life and enhancing the visitor’s experience.
An on-site cafe serves an array of refreshments which can be enjoyed in the accompanying garden.
How To Get To Elizabeth Castle
Elizabeth Castle is on the opposite side of St Aubin’s Bay to The Old Court House Inn, and will take around 15 minutes to reach by car.
You must head north-west on Le Boulevard towards Le Quai Bisson, before continuing onto Le Boulevard. Turn right onto La Neuve Route (A1) and continue for 1.5 kilometres and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto La Route de la Haule (A1).
Continue for approximately 2.5 kilometres as La Route de la Haule (A1) merges into Victoria Avenue (A2), then merge onto Esplanade (A1). Take the slip road to Elizabeth Harbour/Ferry Terminal before taking the 3rd exit at the roundabout onto La Route du Port Elizabeth. Continue through a further roundabout and continue on Freight Lane for 500 metres until you reach Elizabeth Castle.
You can open the route on Google Maps here.
The Old Court House Inn
The Old Court House Inn is a stunning traditional pub with rooms, with history dating back to the 15th century.
Located in the heart of St. Aubin overlooking the idyllic harbour, it’s the perfect base for exploring the island of Jersey, with local attractions including the Jersey War Tunnels, Elizabeth Castle, the La Mare Wine Estate and Jersey Zoo.