Grève de Lecq Barracks is the only surviving barracks left on the north coast of the Island. An excellent example of a self-contained military unit, the barracks retains many original features, including two prison cells and the ablutions block.
Explore The Barracks wherever you find the doors are open and discover the many different things to see. Visitors can learn about the living conditions of the soldiers and officers, the defences of the Island and the beginning of tourism in Jersey. A collection of horse-drawn vehicles and farm implements are on display and occasionally local artists exhibit their work.
The Barracks is also home to a National Trust for Jersey gift shop.
One of the few sheltered bays along the North Coast, Grève de Lecq has always been vulnerable to attack. In 1779 it became apparent that the French were making plans to invade Jersey. With half of their expeditionary force landing at Grève de Lecq, measures were immediately put in place to defend the bay.
In direct response to a potential invasion by Napoleon, the defences were further strengthened in the early 19th century. At their peak the bays defences included Le Câtel Fort and Battery, Middle Battery, Valle du Fort Battery and a Round Tower. Manning these substantial defences required many troops and subsequently the construction of Grève de Lecq Barracks began in 1810. The Barracks were designed to accommodate up to 250 garrison troops stationed in the Island and were an integral part of the Island’s defence strategy for the north coast.
Without the need for protection in these peaceful times, today the Barracks are open to the public where you can admire the sympathetic restoration of the main dormitories, the officers' quarters, the wash rooms, cells, ammunition stores, stables and store room. Visitors can explore the Island’s military history and can even learn about the life of a 19th century solider. The Barracks is also home to a delightful wildlife interpretation centre showcasing the natural wonders of Jersey’s land and marine flora and fauna.
Grève de Lecq, St Mary, JE3 2DT
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
5 May to 24 September
Time Travel Event 17th & 18th June 2017 10am-4pm