Family Travel Times

Family Travel Times: June 2008

Monday, 16 June 2008

Visiting Mont Orgueil Castle (aka Gorey Castle) in Jersey (June 2008)

There’s something utterly fabulous about castles. Perhaps it’s the unique combination of history, mystery and sheer grandeur. Or perhaps it’s simply the turrets – they always do it for me. So I’m delighted that my children seem to have caught the castle bug.

Until recently, I wasn’t convinced that, aged six and three, my kids were old enough for castle exploration, but my reservations proved ill-founded. The fortress that won them over is one of the most impressive I have ever visited, and trust me, I’ve seen a lot in my time.

Mont Orgueil (AKA Gorey Castle) overlooking Gorey Harbour in the east of Jersey is one of the island's icons: it looks exactly like a castle should. However, I’ve learnt from bitter experience that looks can be deceptive, and some castles do disappoint – fussy stewards stop you from exploring properly, or too many little staircases or exhibits are roped off and unfriendly.

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