Castle Cornet is Guernsey's ancient harbour fortress, which was isolated upon a rocky islet until the construction of a breakwater and bridge in the 19th century. Dating from the 13th century it was periodically upgraded, withstanding sieges during the Hundred Years War and English Civil Wars. It last saw action when it was occupied by the Germans in World War II. The castle contains a number of museums. The Maritime Museum tells the story of Guernsey's relationship with the sea. It also includes a display about the Gallo-Roman wreck recovered from the nearby harbour mouth in 1985. The Story of Castle Cornet interprets the history of Castle Cornet, using a variety of reconstructions, replicas, models and original artefacts. The Militia Museum tells the story of the Royal Guernsey Militia and houses many regimental relics. The RGLI Museum tells the story of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry in the Great War and includes a tableau of the Battle of Cambrai. 201 Squadron RAF Museum tells the story of "Guernsey's Own" squadron from its foundation in the Great War to the present day. The Castle also includes small period gardens.
Open late March-late October: Daily 10.00-17.00 Closed: November to early March Please check website for exact opening days.
Prices for 2014 season: Best value ticket is the Discovery Pass - unlimited entry to our 3 sites for only £16 per adult and accompanying children go free. Adult £10.00 Senior £8.00 Student/Child 7+ £2.50 7 & under free. Late day admission after 4pm just £1. Group & multi-site discounts, please enquire.
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Facilities and services
- Education facilities available
- Facilities for private functions and events
- Gardens open to public
- Meeting room available
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Picnic area
- Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
- Research facilities for academics
Castle Cornet also has a museum shop located in the old guard house and a refectory (in the Upper Barracks building) serving light meals and refreshments. Guided tours are most days at 10.30am. Living History Performances on some days throughout the season. Garden Tours on some Sundays too, please enquire.
- Academic publications and resources available
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Direct teaching services for schools
- Events and resources for children and families
- Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
- General guide to collections available
- Guided tours
- Loan service
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
- Public access available to collections information
- Secondary school education service available
- Specialist publications on collections available
- Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
- Touch exhibits
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