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Castle Cornet Aerial View from Breakwater

The Castle has guarded the harbour for 800 years. You can explore the battlements and enjoy breath-taking views towards the other islands. Four Museums, four period gardens, the refectory and our shop are all here to discover.

 

**Currently Closed for the Winter Season**

2020 Season Opening Times

20 March - 1 November 2020

10am - 5pm Daily

Every day during the season, the Noon-day gun is fired at 12.00

 

Admission prices:

£10.50 - Adults

£3.00 - Children (7-18 years) & Students (with valid student card)

FREE - Children under 7 years

OR

£18 per adult for 12 months unlimited* access to ALL FOUR SITES with our Discovery Pass (<-click for details). All accompanying children then go FREE!

*during normal seasonal opening hours

 

Finding Us:

Telephone 01481 721657 during seasonal opening hours or just call the main museum number on 01481 726518

Castle Cornet is on the southern arm of St Peter Port harbour. On foot it is best to follow the raised walkway along the harbour emplacement. It is a 10 minute walk from the town bus terminus,15 minutes from the main town car parks and the Guernsey Information Centre. View map...

Parking - there is on-road parking around the model yacht pond and along the harbour arm. Note that these are disc zones requiring a parking clock and a stay limited to two or three hours in some places.

Bus - the Castle is a 10-minute walk from the bus terminus (all routes except 111)

Castle Cornet is on Google Street View.  View map here

 

Access:

We regret that the Castle is not accessible to wheelchairs beyond the shop. The Castle has steps, steep staircases and uneven surfaces which those with restricted mobility or impaired vision might find difficult.

There are sheer drops and children should be closely supervised at all times. 

We recommend that visitors with special needs visit the AccessAble page on Castle Cornet, which gives a detailed description of access - click here

AccessAble have also produced a route plan from the Albert Pier to the Castle - view it here.

Assistance dogs are welcome at Castle Cornet, Guernsey Museum, Fort Grey and the GNSHQ. Pets are not permitted.

Push chairs/buggies/prams are tricky to use around the Castle with all the steps and different surfaces so backpack-style carriers can be borrowed from the Gift Shop if required.

 

Activities & Features:

  • The Noon-day gun is one of most popular and impressive sites. It is fired daily throughout the season by keepers clad in scarlet costumes who will stay and pose for photos with you after every firing. 

  • Guided tours of the outer areas of the castle run daily at 10:30am. 

  • Children's trails to follow around the castle and activity sheets in some of the museums. Just ask in the shop or ask our uniformed staff around the site. 

  • Dressing Up available to wear around the castle.

  • Every day from Easter to September there are Living History Performances from the Guernsey History in Action Company. They last about 20-30 minutes and start most days at 12.10pm (subject to change and occasional cancellation on the day) so check at the shop when you arrive. Visit their website at www.ghiac.org to learn more.  

  • Garden Tours of the period gardens take place fortnightly in June, July and August when the gardens are at their best. Call the castle to find out the timetable.

  • The Castle Refectory is open every day throughout the season for coffees, light lunches, snacks and ice creams and as it is fully licensed, you may also enjoy a nice glass of wine with your food.

  • The Gift Shop at the entrance sells a wide variety of souvenirs, local food & crafts, local and historic books. If nothing else, we recommend you buy a guide book of the castle.

 

The Castle's Museums:

Within the walls of the Castle are four museums included in your admission:

The Story of Castle Cornet

201 Squadron (RAF) Museum

Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum

Royal Guernsey Militia Museum

 

"How long does it take to visit?"

COME FOR AN HOUR - Have a quick peek in a museum, enjoy the fantastic views of the harbour and St Peter Port, purchase a guide book  and a magnet for your fridge and away you go!

STAY ALL DAY - Arrive early, go on the tour, watch the gun fire and the living history show, eat lunch, go round every garden and museum in detail, climb to the top, explore every passageway, watch the boats out on the harbour over a slice of cake in the café and follow every trail.

Everyone is different and will enjoy things in their own way! However long you choose to stay, just enjoy!

 

Town Walk with Castle Cornet Guided Tour:

Tours of Guernsey, run by one of Guernsey's Accredited Guides is now running a tour which includes a guided walk around the streets of St Peter Port and entrance to the castle. You'll be taken on a hour tour around the castle grounds after which you will be free to explore the castle and our museums at your leisure. Please visit their website for details of this and other tours and to book onto this fantastic chance to join a tour that really encapsulates the history of St Peter Port and its Castle.  

For details and booking on this tour http://www.toursofguernsey.com/tours

 

 

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