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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Castle Cornet in St Peter Port, Guernsey

Undoubtedly one of the main attractions in St Peter Port is Castle Cornet. Located on the southern arm of the harbour, the castle is 10 minutes walk from the town bus terminus. The castle has stood guard over the town and harbour for nearly 800 years and served as the official residence of the Governor of Guernsey until 1672 when it was destroyed in a lightning strike and subsequent explosion.



We were there at the castle at 10:00am and went along with the guided tour which is at 10:30am on most mornings. The guided tour was very informative as the guide was quite knowledgeable. You could go for the guided tour which lasts around 45 minutes and then visit the museums. If you miss the guided tour, you can still go around the castle along the Castle Trail. Numbered signs are mounted around the castle and will help you along the trail which begins at the entrance and takes you through all the key areas and ends back in the outer yard where you started. The castle is one of the most well marked visitor attractions I have been to and you can easily find your way around.









Within the castle complex, you will find five museums:
- The Story of Castle Cornet
- Maritime Museum
- 201 Squadron (RAF) Museum
- Royal Guernsey Militia Museum and
- Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum

The castle has many well kept gardens like the 16th century Sutler's garden, Lambert's garden and the 18th century Governor's garden to name a few.






There is also another attraction - the Noon Day Gun that is fired everyday at 12:00(noon)



You can easily spend half a day taking in all that the Castle has to offer. The views from the castle are lovely and on most days you can enjoy the panoramic views. Entrance to all the 5 museums, the guided tour and Living History presentations are included in the price of your entry ticket.








Castle Cornet,
Castle Emplacement,
St Peter Port,
Guernsey GY1 1AU
Telephone: +44 (0)1481 726518

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