As the major elements of the £4.5 million, seven year restoration nears completion, the Jersey Heritage Trust is putting the final touches to the ancient and unique monument.
The trust’s chairman, Jurat John de Veulle, who first visited Mont Orgueil in 1946 and whose home overlooks Gorey, said the castle had been part of his life for 60 years.
He said he was looking forward to the grand reopening but warned that those who thought they knew it like the back of their hands would be amazed at the transformation, particularly in the Inner Keep where the medieval castle and Tudor additions sit side-by-side.
‘I am sure that most people will not remember what it was like before, they may remember the Medieval Hall but that will be about all,’ he said.
In April Islanders will have the opportunity to find out where £3 million of taxpayers money and the trust’s own funds have been spent.
Mont Orgueil will be opened by the Lieut-Governor, Air Chief Marshal Sir John Cheshire – performing his last official duty in the Island – at 1 pm on Sunday 2 April.