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Adults: £6.50
Seniors +65 yrs: £4.50
Children: Free

Four site Pass for single entry to Castle Cornet, Candie Museum & Art Gallery, Fort Grey and Telephone Museum

Adult £10.00, Seniors £6.00

Tel:  +44 01481-726518

Tickets available from the Information Centre, St. Peter Port








Formerly a tidal island, it was first fortified as a castle between 1206 and 1256, following the division of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204. In 1339 when a French force captured the island and occupied it for several years, Cornet was besieged, captured and the garrison massacred.

With the advent of cannon and gunpowder, the castle was remodelled between 1545 and 1548. It served as official residence of the Governor of Guernsey until 1672 when the keep was catastrophically destroyed. A bolt of lightning struck the magazine of the castle, destroying the keep and a number of living quarters. The Governor at the time was Lord Hatton. His mother, wife and a number of members of staff were killed in the explosion.

It became integrated into the breakwater during the period of the Napoleonic Wars.

Along the breakwater, a pond for toy yachts was constructed in 1887 for the jubilee of Queen Victoria, which served as a seaplane base during World War I.

In World War II, it became occupied by a small group of German troops. It was presented to the people of Guernsey in 1945 by the Crown.

The Castle incorporates the following museums:

It also has a restaurant, and hosts outdoor theatre performances during the summer months.


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