We know that Neanderthals used caves and promontories around the rocky shores of the Island for shelter, at a time when the surrounding landscape, rather than sea, was tundra where mammoth and woolly rhino grazed. The later Mesolithic people were also hunter-gatherers who probably led a nomadic life following the seasons which affected the availability of food and shelter, and they were followed by the Neolithic people, who, as the first farmers, settled here permanently.
We will see many of Jersey’s dolmens, the earliest remaining man-made structures here, as well as the promontory forts and refuges used during the Bronze and Iron Ages. With recent archaeological finds, we are starting to gain a real insight into the ancient people of Jersey, as the Island entered the first millennium.
As many of the sites from these prehistoric periods are on Jersey’s coast, if you look out to sea from these sites today, undistracted by modern development, your view will be remarkably similar to what our ancient ancestors saw as the sea surrounded and created the Island following the melt of the last great ice age.
Many of the sites that we visit are tucked away off the beaten track, in areas of outstanding natural beauty and not on the usual tourist routes. We will visit La Hougue Bie, where the largest Celtic coin hoard ever found has been carefully picked apart, as well as entering the buried Neolithic dolmen, which ranks as one of the best in Western Europe.
Until archaeological investigations began in the 19th century, the dolmens and other standing stones around Jersey were entwined in mystery, myth and folklore. Hence the name given to dolmen of La Pouquelaye or La Ploucée, meaning the home of the fairies.
History Alive! Ancient Jersey Tour dates
Our tour “Ancient Jersey – Neanderthals, Dolmens & more?” will run as a Full Day tour on SUNDAYS from 10.00 until 17.00 during the summer season. Otherwise book a private tour online or contact us for more options.
Highlights of the Ancient Jersey Tour
- Ville-és-Nouaux Dolmen
- La Cotte, St Brelade (Neanderthals’ cave, tide permitting)
- La Sergenté Dolmen
- Blanches Banques, St Ouen’s Bay
- Grantez Dolmen
- La Pinacle and Les Landes
- Le Câtel, Grève de Lecq
- Ile Agois
- Le Câtel, Rozel
- Gorey promontory
- Faldouet Dolmen
- La Hougue Bie (admission charge included)
- Mont Ubé Dolmen
- La Motte (Green Island)
A short video of our Ancient Jersey Tour
Please see the separate Places section below to see some of the locations which are included in these tours.
You can also Click the Map icon (below main image in grey bar to the right) to view locations and see further information
History Alive’s and Jersey Military Tours are devised in a way to give our guests an overall and enjoyable experience which means that we won’t always follow the same route or stop at all the above locations. This also gives us the ability to make changes either to take advantage of, or to mitigate against, factors such as weather or other delays which might affect timing. On full day tours, we stop at lunch times where refreshments/food can be purchased, and on all tours, we will stop as necessary for refreshments and comfort breaks.
Our Tours are a combination of a coach tour and exploring the sites on foot, so please refer to the Level of Fitness required to enjoy these Tours. For that, and for what’s included in these Tours and Prices, as well as Pick-Up points for the Tours, please see Information below
Please note that we have many other tours included this one which are available to book as a Private Group Tour on any available day throughout the year – PLEASE BOOK ONLINE OR CONTACT US TO ENQUIRE