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Guernsey

One of Guernsey's lovely bays

A ferry to Guernsey takes you to St Peter Port, the island’s capital, which boasts a picturesque mix of Georgian and Regency styles, with terraces and tiered gardens linked by steps and hidden alleyways.

Shopping in St Peter Port includes low-duty buys such as jewellery, electronics, perfume, wines and spirits, while the Old Quarter is home to attractive individual boutiques and bustling bistros.

Where can I drive to?

Guernsey is just nine miles long and three miles wide, so everything is within easy reach.

There is a rural road network with a maximum speed limit of 35 mph, while services criss-crossing the island depart from the bus station.

Bluebell Woods is a short drive from St Peter Port and beautiful in spring when the bluebells are in bloom under a lush canopy of trees.

A slightly longer drive across the island takes you to the beaches of Vazon Bay, Cobo and Saline Bay. They are a real delight.

Did you know?

One of the greatest publishing successes in recent memory is the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, published in 2007 after Mary Ann Shaffer was encouraged by her book club to write a novel.

The tale of Guernsey under Nazi occupation has sold three million copies worldwide.

A self-governing island loyal to the British crown, Guernsey has its own stamps and currency. While British pounds can be used on the island, Guernsey pounds cannot be used in the UK.

French poet Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables during his exile on the island from 1856 to 1870. His home is open to the public during the summer months.

A campaign is underway to save the local language, D’gernésiais, and it is now taught again in Guernsey schools after decades of neglect.

Best of Guernsey

  • La Vallette Underground Military Museum, the Underground Hospital and the German Occupation Museum offer fascinating insight into life under Nazi occupation during WWII. Visit a well-lit tunnel complex and see an authentic occupation street and fortifications.
  • Known locally as the ‘Cup and Saucer’, Fort Grey is a Martello Tower built to fight off Napoleon. Many vessels have come to grief on this treacherous coast and this Shipwreck Museum tells gripping stories of disasters from HMS Sprightly in 1777 to the Vermontborg in 2003.
  • The Little Chapel, probably one of the smallest in the world, was built from 1914 by a monk, Brother Déodat, who wanted to create a miniature version of the grotto and basilica at Lourdes. It is beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china.
  • The Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery at Candie Gardens is designed around an old Victorian bandstand. Exhibitions including The Story of Guernsey and Victorian artefacts.
  • At Castle Cornet Gardens near St Peter Port you will find a 13th century castle and gardens through the ages. Lavender, purple sage and richly stocked flowerbeds can brighten up your day.
  • Harbour ferries will take you to Guernsey’s sister islands of Herm, Sark and Alderney.

Condor Ferries operate weekly sailings to Guernsey
 For more information on Guernsey visit www.visitguernsey.com

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