With stunning shorelines and beautiful countryside, this little island is the perfect outdoor getaway.
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Whether you're kayaking around the coastline or watching the sun go down in a local pub, Guernsey is a truly relaxing place to escape from everyday life.
Looking out over St. Peter Port, Candie Gardens is an award-winning restored Victorian Garden, once privately owned, it is now open for the public to explore its stunning grounds for free. It showcases a variety of flora from across the world and is even home to the oldest known heated glass-houses in the British Isles, dating back to the late 18th Century. Within the grounds, you can find the Priaulx Library which holds archives detailing the history of Guernsey and is open to visitors for free. They also feature a statue of the author Victor Hugo gifted to Guernsey by the French Government as thanks for the hospitality shown to him during his exile on the island.
Located on a former tidal island known as Cornet Rock or Castle Rock, Castle Cornet is a fortification that has been crucial in the defence of Guernsey for hundreds of years. First fortified between 1206 and 1256, the castle has moved from occupation by Guernsey, France, and Germany, with Wales attempting occupation in 1372. Within this time, parts of the castle were destroyed due to both fighting and natural disasters, each time being rebuilt more equipped to handle future attacks. It was also used as a prison up until the end of World War 2, after which he castle was gifted to the people of Guernsey by the crown to recognise their loyalty throughout the two world wars.
These days the castle is open to visitors to explore grounds with five museums available to those who want to learn more about Guernsey’s military history. These consist of 201 Squadron (RAF) Museum, Maritime Museum, The Story of Castle Cornet, Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum, and Royal Guernsey Militia Museum. There are also four gardens to stroll through as well, each including its own nods to the castle's history such as the layout of the garden and planting the same plants that would have been used by General Sir John Lambert in medical treatments during his time imprisoned there in 1660 for his part in the English Civil War. You can wander in your own time or join a guided tour, but don’t forget to be there at midday to experience the firing of the noon-day gun by scarlet-clad gunners! You can find out more about visiting Castle Cornet on the Visit Guernsey website.
With scenic views and rolling countryside, it’s no surprise that Guernsey has some beautiful beaches around its coastline. From sand to shingle, from lounging to snorkeling, Guernsey’s shores offer a myriad of experiences and adventures to its visitors. Cobo Bay is one of the most popular beaches with white sands, crystal clear seas, and amenities such as a pub and tearooms. Head over to catch waves at Portinfer if you’re a keen surfer or Les Amarreurs Anchorage for some snorkelling and pier jumping! For something a little more relaxing, enjoy the La Vallette bathing pools whose outdoor saltwater pools have been around for more than 150 years, offering visitors and safe and sheltered seaside experience.