Less than an hour from the UK’s southern shores, gorgeous Guernsey offers outdoor adventure, a powerful cultural story and excellent eating.
Guernsey sits just 27 miles from its big sister Channel Island Jersey, filled with pretty bays, dramatic cliffs and winding lanes, ideal for water sports and rambling. *Please note the route starts on 31st March.
Guernsey Airport in the south is just 6km from lively capital Saint Peter Port. It’s well-served by buses and taxis – or rent a car or bike to explore at your own speed. The lanes and coastal roads make up a picturesque easy-to-navigate network.
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Neighbourhoods To See
You can’t miss this 800-year-old castle standing above Saint Peter Port harbour. Its museum reveals the castle’s story and military history, with spectacular views all around.
Referred to by locals as ‘the cup and saucer’, this Martello tower dates from 1804 and houses the fascinating Shipwreck Museum… this coast has seen many!
The island’s sole stately home has been occupied by the same family since the 13th century, and is worth a visit for its interesting art, architecture and gardens, the setting for Saturday Farmers Markets in summer.
Step firmly into the past in this eccentric home-turned-museum where Victor Hugo lived in exile for 15 years in the mid 1800s. Preserved as he kept it, it’s an extraordinary expression of the famous French author’s personality.
Le Creux ès Faies Passage Tomb
Feeling brave? This remarkably intact Megalithic tomb on the island’s west coast dates back 2-3000 years, and is known as the entrance to the Fairy Kingdom…
St Apolline's Chapel
Drop by the village of Perrelle to view this little chapel built in 1394 and dedicated to Apolline, the patron saint of dentistry! Inside you’ll find original frescoes depicting The Last Supper.
Food and Drink
Floating between the UK and France, Guernsey offers food for every mood, from divine cream teas to gastronomic gems that include plenty of freshly caught seafood, ripe local cheeses and locally made cider.
MAY | Guernsey Literary Festival
One of the Channel Islands’ biggest arts events features talks with international and local writers and speakers.
MAY | Liberation Celebrations
On 9 May islanders mark the anniversary of the end of German Occupation during WW2 and celebrate today’s freedoms with parades, dancing, markets and fireworks. There’s plenty to entertain every age.
JULY | Rocquaine Regatta
Head over to the west coast to catch this fun-filled day of boat races. Spectate, join in with family events and enjoy tasty eats on the sand.
AUGUST | Alderney Week
Jump on the ferry and hop over to neighbouring island Alderney for carnival week, with its float parade, crazy races and a stunning torchlight procession through St Anne.