Make child’s play of local history as you uncover Jersey’s past. Visit interactive museums and a whole host of historic buildings. Step back in time, play king of the castle and watch the island’s rich heritage brought to life. Gather your crew and delve deeper into the island’s rich maritime history.
Find your inner child too as you navigate your way around the Maritime Museum discovering more about the privateers and pirates who shaped Jersey’s naval history. From the high seas to the water meadows surrounding the only surviving working water mill where you’ll gain a fascinating insight into the island’s agricultural and industrial heritage.
Blast a foghorn, join a battalion and fire your imagination!
1. Living history.
See history brought to life with Jersey Heritage and meet the colourful characters at Elizabeth Castle. Join the Master Gunner’s battalion. He’ll put you through your paces as you march to the cannon. A blast is guaranteed but you might want to cover your ears as the sound of the signal gun echoes across St. Aubin’s Bay. Prepare for a full-on display of Georgian life as the 1781 Militia take you back in time with a snapshot into the life of a soldier and his family living in the 18th century.
These are performances you won’t want to miss so check out when you can get in on the action….
2. 16 New Street, Georgian House.
To walk through the front door of 16 New Street is to step back in time and experience life in Regency Jersey. This magnificent Georgian town house, which has recently been restored by the Trust offers a unique learning environment where families can immerse themselves in the past through the sights and smells of the working house.
3. La Hougue Bie.
Discover a site brimming with stories just waiting to be uncovered. Home to one of the 10 oldest buildings in the world, the passage grave at La Hougue Bie was built long before the Pyramids of Giza. Let your little explorers lose and they’ll also unearth a re-creation Neolithic longhouse, a Celtic coin hoard and a WWII concrete bunker.
4. Maritime Museum.
Jump aboard the rocking ship’s cabin and get hands on with a barrel-full of maritime fun in the Globe Room. See, hear and even smell Jersey’s rich seafaring past and find out more about the pirates who shaped it. Enjoy songs and stories of the sea and all the fun of the seaside!
A day out to this award-winning interactive museum is sure to float everyone’s boat.
5. Be King of your own castle.
Get lost in the ancient walls and play king of the castle at Jersey’s two iconic fortresses. Walk the causeway or catch the ferry at high tide to Elizabeth Castle and immerse yourself in the island’s past. Look out for the Gunner in full costume to enjoy an entertaining history lesson, then head to the top of the small chapel for stunning views over St Aubin’s Bay.
Spend hours exploring secret passages at Mont Orgueil and get your step count up by climbing to the top for magical views over Gorey. Spot the little lizards living in the stone walls and entertain the children in the play areas.
Exciting days out guaranteed!
6. Le Moulin de Quétivel.
Cycle your brood through St. Peter’s Valley or bus it on the number 8 or 8a until you come to Le Moulin de Quétivel, the only surviving working water mill on the island, wonderfully surrounded by water meadows. Discover why Jersey exported flour to the Americas, learn about the meaning of “lé no” and gain a fascinating insight into the island’s agricultural and industrial heritage. Definitely worth a visit on open milling day when staff are grinding wheat to make flour, you can even buy some to take home.
Step back in time and check it out this lovely historic building for yourself.