With miles of unspoilt, surf-lapped coastline and a balmy climate, the most southerly of the Channel Islands is a truly beautiful place.
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Duration: 2 nights
Head to Jersey’s rugged north coast for stunning clifftop walks or adventure inland to explore the capital, St Helier, where you’ll everything from Victorian seafood markets to fascinating museums.
Arriving at Jersey Airport
Jersey airport, in the parish of St Peter, is around five miles (8km) north-west of St Helier, the capital. There are no immigration controls between the UK and Jersey, but you will need to carry photo ID, such as a driving licence, but it’s always worth having your passport with you.
The airport is small but functional with a public bus stop immediately in front of the arrivals terminal. Buses travel frequently between the airport and Liberation Station in central St Helier passing through Red Houses and St Aubin. Journeys take approximately 30 minutes.
There is also a designated public taxi rank directly in front of the arrivals terminal. Public taxis are meter controlled, but you can also pre-book a taxi to pick you up from the arrivals car park.
A couple of car hire companies also have desks at the airport arrivals terminal with cars based on site.
Jersey War Tunnels
A poignant reminder of the German occupation of Jersey during World War II, this haunting exhibition reveals fascinating stories about the resistance, co-operation and eventual liberation of the islanders. The tunnels were dug by prisoners of war and prepared as an underground hospital for injured soldiers in the event of invasion.
Mont Orgueil Castle
Overlooking the beautiful fishing village of Gorey for over 800 years, this magnificent 13th-century fort is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture around. Built after the split of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204, it became Jersey’s main defence against French invasion. Explore the secret network of staircases, climb the turrets to find the Medieval ‘wheel of urine’ and descend into the cellar for the captivating witchcraft exhibit.
Durrell Wildlife Park
This stunning 32-acre conservation zoo was set up in 1959 by the late naturalist and author Gerald Durrell. Now, it leads international wildlife-conservation efforts and offers visitors a chance to come nose-to-nose with some of the rarest animals on the planet, from ghoulish aye-ayes to pretty Chilean flamingos.
La Mare Wine Estate
It’s a vineyard by name, but alongside its reds, whites and rosés, the impressive estate also makes crisp cider and mellow apple brandy, condiments, preserves and delicious Jersey fudge. Take a tour to learn about all the traditional techniques they use before loading your basket in the shop or settling in for a delicious lunch at its cafe overlooking the vineyards and orchards.
Perched on a rugged headland on the very southwestern tip of the island, Corbière Lighthouse has spectacular views across the Atlantic. Visit at mid-tide for a guided walk and to hear tales of shipwrecks and the 100 years of the brave lighthouse keepers, who saved many a life. The lighthouse is one of Jersey’s most photographed attractions and is especially beautiful framed by the sun setting behind it.