January 28, 2022

First with the Alderney News

Nunnery re-opens after six month revamp

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An illustration of how the original fort may have looked by Doug Hamon

The best preserved Roman small fort in Western Europe will be re-opened the public next weekend after a major enhancement of the site .

The Nunnery been transformed over the last six months to create a premier historic attraction and exciting place to discover 2000 years of the island’s history and will open again on Saturday July 18th.

Originally a Roman fort built in the 4th century the site is immersed with history. You can walk in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers who once occupied the fort, learn about its conversion to an army barracks in the French Revolutionary Wars, and discover how the Germans used it in WWII when they turned it into Resistance Nest Piratenschloss ‘Pirates Castle’. There are story boards around the site, an information room, large bunker to explore and amazing views from the Roman wall walk, over Longis bay to enjoy.

Visit Alderney has collaborated with the States Works, the Alderney Society, archaeologist Dr Jason Monaghan and Festung Guernsey to develop the new visitor attraction. The Visit Alderney team and members of the Alderney Society will be at the site between 10 – 12pm on Saturday 18 July to greet visitors and show them around. Free refreshments will be on offer and outfits available for children to dress up in.

From 18 July the fort will be open every day to the public between 10 and 4.30pm and Alderney Society are looking forward to offering scheduled guided tours of the site for the public.

Helene, Director of Tourism, said:

“We are excited to be opening the iconic historic site to the public after such renovations and look forward to establishing the ‘Nunnery Heritage Site’ as one of the island’s main visitor attractions. The site has so much history to explore, we are so pleased that the site has had the care and attention that it deserves and is now a site the whole community can be proud of. It is amazing to be able to stand on the fort wall exactly where the Romans did nearly 2000 years ago and hope that visitors enjoy the experience the site now has to offer.”

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