“The detail and atmosphere created here was excellent.”
You won’t believe this happened on British soil
During World War II, the Crown left Jersey defenceless and the Island became occupied by German forces.
Jersey War Tunnels are a product of five long years of occupation; they bore witness to the particular cruelty of the Nazi regime.
Dug deep into the hillside by forced and slave workers from nations across Europe, they now contain an underground collection of thought provoking exhibits that tell the fascinating story of Jersey’s occupation from resistance, through to starvation, then eventual liberation.
Explore the Tunnels
An extraordinary exhibition
Dug deep into the hillside...
- Explore over 1,000 metres of tunnels
- The complex is dug over 50 metres deep underground
- More than 5,000 slave labourers worked on the tunnels
The imposing, cavernous entrance tunnel will take you deep into the hillside, into a network of extraordinary tunnels unlike anything you have seen before.
This vast network of underground tunnels was designed to allow the German occupying infantry to withstand Allied air raids and bombardment in the event of an invasion. In 1943, it was converted into an emergency hospital.
Discover the exhibition
Enjoy an immersive experience which brings people's stories of Jersey under occupation to life.
To Leave or to Stay?
What would you do? This exhibit tells the story of the impossible choice faced by islanders. As the UK announced that it would not defend the Channel Islands, residents had to decide whether to stay or go.
As German troops arrived in their thousands, Jersey was firmly under the jackboot. In this exhibit you’ll experience those uncertain days as the occupied learned to live with their occupiers.
The Paper War
In this interesting exhibit you’ll learn how, with little physical resistance to deal with, it wasn't long before the German command began interfering in daily life, its main weapon being a formidable bureaucracy, generating new laws and orders on a daily basis.
As restrictions and shortages increased, daily life for islanders became more difficult. This recreation of a Jersey home during the occupation gives an insight into the make do and mend mentality that kept residents going throughout these dark years.
Whispers & Lies
Under occupation, accepted realities change for good. In a small community where trust is everything, can neighbours and friends still be trusted? Our Whispers and Lies exhibit provides a flavour of how things change when huge strains are placed on the bonds that hold people together.
Cooperation & Resistance
Examine the dilemmas faced by everyone during the occupation, from the UK government to the island's leaders and islanders in their daily lives. Nothing is as it seems and choices are hard to make. And how do you resist when you have no weapons?
This impressive interactive exhibit will reveal more about this prolific engineering organisation, its methods and the people who, willingly or not, worked to build Hitler's Atlantic Wall and changed the face of Europe forever.
The Unfinished Tunnel
Be moved as you see for yourself how men toiled with picks and shovels, loading rocks into trolleys and pushing them back up to the tunnel entrance. You experience it all through an interactive audio-visual experience in the unfinished tunnel itself.
Did you know that the Channel Islands used one twelfth of the reinforced concrete of the entire Atlantic wall? In our Fortress Island exhibit you’ll learn how, had the Nazis deployed these resources more reasonably, they could have had a more profound effect on the Allied advance.
Cap Verd Entrance
The Cap Verd entrance will help you understand the sheer scale of the excavation at the tunnels. Adjacent to the entrance, pipework from the original air conditioning system shows how the occupying forces deployed the latest technologies.
Hear the powerful story of how, after D-Day, the Channel Islands were cut off from all supply routes through France and learn how the last year of the occupation was characterised by hunger and desperation.
Discover how, In the final months of Liberation, Islanders became desperate. Food shortages were acute and with no knowledge of when the war would end, the Island entered its darkest times.
Air Raid Shelter
Step inside a replica air raid shelter to get a feel for the conditions, noises and bleakness of the situation faced during World War II.
An uplifting experience to end your journey through the tunnels. Experience the emotional events of 9 May 1945, when finally, after five years of occupation, British forces arrived to free the Channel Islands. Happiness and relief characterised this most wonderful of days, which is still marked by a public holiday and celebrations today.