Image of Mont Orgueil, Gorey

Get your timings right if you plan to visit Jersey's attractions out of season

The school holidays are over and winter is nearly here. As the trees lose their last copper leaves and the temperature drops, many of Jersey’s top attractions start preparing for the end of the season.

November is one of the quietest months to visit Jersey, so if you want to hike the cliff paths or have the beaches to yourself now is the time. Many of the island’s hotels offer great deals, while air fares can also be a bargain.

While Jersey’s shops and restaurants stay open all year, this is, however, your last chance to see some of the most popular attractions until next spring.

These include:

Jersey War Tunnels

Dug out of the rock by slave labourers from across Europe, Jersey War Tunnels tells the story of the German Occupation from 1940-45. Designed as an underground military hospital, the museum houses fascinating exhibits from and about the era, brought to life by their authentic setting.

Touring the museum is a moving and educational experience that puts the history of WW2 into an accessible format.

Open Monday-Sunday 10am-6pm (last entry 4.30pm) until 25 November 2012.

Price £11.20 adults


Jersey Museum and Art Gallery

First settled in Neolithic times, Jersey’s history is tied to that of its nearest neighbours, England and France. The Jersey Museum and Art Gallery reveals the story of the island, its military battles and its most famous residents, along with a series of temporary displays.

Current exhibitions include photos by the Avant-garde artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore who lived in Jersey from the late 1930s and John Singleton Copley’s painting The Death of Major Peirson, on loan from The Tate, which depicts the 1781 Battle of Jersey.

Open Monday-Sunday 10am-4pm until 30 December 2012.

Price £8.40 adults


Eric Young Orchid Foundation

No matter how grey the November day, the Eric Young Orchid Foundation is always a riot of colour.  Founded in 1958, the nursery and landscaped gardens contain one of the world’s most diverse ranges of orchids.

Open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm until 15 December 2012.

Price £4 adults


Of course, there are also a couple of attractions which stay open all year with reduced opening hours. These include:

Mont Orgueil

Looming up above the harbour in Gorey, Mont Orgeuil was built by Sir Walter Raleigh for Elizabeth I. As well as offering wonderful views of the east coast of Jersey, the castle contains a number of medieval exhibits, set in a pink granite framework of turrets, dungeons and battlements.

Open Friday-Monday 10am-4pm until March 2013 when summer opening hours resume.

Price £10.90 adults


Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

While Jersey natives are always interesting to watch, at Durrell there are over 1,000 animals, many of which are endangered species. Started over 50 years ago by Gerard Durrell as a zoo, the site became a ‘stationary ark’ to preserve species and to work towards protecting them in their natural habitats around the world.

Open Monday-Sunday 9.30am-5pm until April 2013 when summer hours resume.

Price £12.90 adults