Cool things to do in Jersey

Mont Orgueil is an enchanting medieval stone castle perched above one of Jersey’s prettiest villages, Gorey. It was built in 1212 after Normandy, tied to the English Crown from 1066, was seized by France thus turning it from friend to foe. Mont Orgueil was England’s first line of defence against French invasion until its position on the hill made it obsolete in the 15th century due to its vulnerability to cannon fire. It was replaced by Elizabeth Castle in 1594. Thereafter, it was converted into a prison during the English Civil War when it held men who had signed the death warrant of Charles I, including Thomas Waite and Henry Smith. It was occupied by German forces during World War II, with the invaders building concrete look-out posts into its masonry that can still be seen today. From its battlements there are breath taking views of the French coast and amongst the steep staircases, towers, and hidden passages there are plenty of gruesome tales and discoveries to make including the Dance of Death statue, the Witches in Hell in the dungeons, the Wheel of Urine in the turrets and the Prayer Nuts in one of the castle’s rooms.

Visiting Jersey

Check out our island page for Jersey for more information on getting to Jersey, and getting around Jersey and our favourite food and drink in Jersey.

You may also be interested in:

Islands nearby

The other Channel Islands are also excellent walking destinations and, together with Jersey, walks around their coast paths form the 110 mile Channel Island Way.

Guernsey – find out about walking in Guernsey, Guernsey’s outdoor activities, cafes and more here

Sark – find out about walking in Sark, Sark’s outdoor activities, cafes and more here

Herm – find out about walking in Herm, Herm’s outdoor activities, cafes and more here

Alderney – find out about walking in Alderney, Alderney’s outdoor activities, cafes and more here

Other islands in the British Isles

We have explored nearly 600 islands in the British Isles and are trying to write them up as fast as we can. Check more here or contact us as we are happy to share our info.

Further information

Our two books are stacked with more ideas on what to do in the Channel Islands and more more info here