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Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum (Guernsey)

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Address: Rue de la Lague / St Peters / Guernsey / GY7 9BY

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      25.03.2013 20:46
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      a nice place to see

      Fort Grey is a Martello tower on the West coast of Guernsey. It is not known as Fort Grey though, most of Guernsey know it as the "cup and saucer" as this is what it looks like.

      The Fort was built in 1804 to protect Guernsey from France during the Napoleonic War. It was built to a larger size than other coastal towers on the island so the gunfire could be more effective.

      In 1976 the Fort was restored and opened as the Shipwreck Museum, as it is now.

      The Fort is on a small island just off Rocquaine Bay and has a raised pathway for access. It is surrounded by rocks, sand and sea. The path is cobble stones which makes it look a very pretty path but is very bumpy for those in a push chair.

      Inside the Shipwreck Museum is filled with Shipwreck stories. There are two floors of artifacts and descriptions of their history. The museum is very small but it is as expected as it wasn't built to be a museum. The building is round on the inside, just as it looks from outside. This makes it a lovely unique building. The first floor is up winding stairs so it is not accessible for push chairs and wheel chairs. This is a shame but there isn't the room for a lift. When I have gone with children they have walked but you can't always do that for wheel chair users.

      The indoors has a nautical theme as it is a shipwreck museum. There are some items encased in glass cabinets and others theatre not. It is safe for children to go around without them touching everything, as they love to do. The descriptions tell stories about light houses, ships and boats, rescues at sea and more all of which have a link with Guernsey.

      Outside are some larger things to see like the cannon used in the fort which is as it used to be,except it no longer works and a large anchor. This area outside is grass and has a beautiful view of the sea and beaches below.

      There is an entrance fee into the museum but their is an information board outside if you don't want to go in. The cost is around £3 or £4 when I went and children can enter for free. This saves some money.

      The fort has a small gift shop with some nice souvenirs. These include Guernsey tea towels, pens, notebooks and other smaller items. These are good prices.

      There is a car park opposite and a bus stop right outside but it is right at the end of the island and nowhere near town. This means it is an half an hour drive from the capital, the longest drive you will have on the island.

      Unfortunately it is not accessible for push chairs or wheelchairs.

      I remember coming here with primary school and I really enjoyed looking around and reading the interesting historical stories. The favorite thing for my class was seeing the cannon outside (thankfully it no longer works!).

      Last year whist I was at college we had a trip to Southampton to see some places we don't have over here. To show the students in Southampton what Guernsey was like we made a PowerPoint of different tourists attractions on the island. In partners we each took photos of us at one visitors attraction. My partner and I were at the cup and saucer. We found that although it wasa long way from college it made up for that fact by the fantastic views and objects on show. We didn't have as much ttime as others in our class because of the travel time but we saw some excellent objects and a fantastic fort. When we showed our presentation the students were interested that we called it a cup and saucer.

      It is an eye catching building whether on your way past or inside for a visit. A lovely place to visit, especially for tourists.

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