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We visited Jersey for the first time last week, and read that Elizabeth Castle was one of the top places to visit during our stay. The tourist guides are right! The castle is owned and operated by Jersey Heritage, and it costs approximately £11 for adults, with a discount for children or students. You can choose either a castle only ticket, or a castle and ferry ticket, as the castle is half way out to sea. At high tide, the castle is only accessible by the ferry, however at low tide, you can walk over on a natural causeway, which is what we did. It is one of the most unusual journeys I've had to a castle! Once inside, it astounded us how big the castle grounds were. The views from the castle were fantastic looking out to St Helier, St Aubins Bay and also looking out to sea. The most memorable thing about visiting here was the 'living history' feature. We saw a notice advising us a parade would be happening at 3pm, so we sat in the courtyard and waited for this. A gentleman appeared in old history dress and told us a story about the battle of Jersey. He then called upon all men of working age to parade! They paraded through the grounds and he took us to a cannon, where everyone was invited to prepare it for fire, and it got fired (with gunpowder, not a real cannonball!). Making history come to life is quite exciting! The castle also had a breakwater with a chapel which was very pretty.
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