Castle Cornet

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Castle Cornet Saint Peter Port Reviews

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A Historic Castle Overlooking the Harbour Aug 06, 2017
Castle Cornet has been guarding the approach to Saint Peter Port harbour since the 13th century. The fortification was intended to protect against French attacks after Normandy passed from English control. Castle Cornet was expanded in the Elizabethan era. During the English Civil War, Castle Cornet was a bastion of Royalist authority, at odds with the citizenry of Guernsey.

Castle Cornet continued to be a coastal defence fortification into the early 20th century. When Germany occupied the Channel Islands during World War II, the fortress became a German anti-aircraft battery. After the war, the fort was decommissioned and opened to the public as a museum.

Today, visitors can see structures and additions representing all eras of Castle Cornet's evolution, from Norman times to World War II. There are five separate museums within the fort, each telling a different story. The main museum, The Story of Castle Cornet, traces the history and building of the castle through a series of dioramas illustrated with figures of individuals known to have been at the fort. The Maritime Museum tells the story of Guernsey's seafarers, beginning with Roman amphorae discovered in Saint Peter Port harbour. The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum focuses on the unit's role in World War I. Other museums on site are the 201 Squadron (RAF) Museum and the Royal Guernsey Militia Museum.

Visitors are able to explore the exterior ramparts, bastions and gun emplacement of Castle Cornet. Artillery pieces may be inspected. Even the concrete bunkers added by the German occupiers are on view. There are striking views across the harbour and out to sea. If you arrive by cruise ship or ferry, Castle Cornet is the first sight you will see.

At Noon each day, the traditional Noonday Gun is fired. A cafe is located in the former barracks and a gift shop in the former guardhouse. Guided tours are available.

Don't miss Castle Cornet when visiting Guernsey!

Admission is £10.50.
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