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THE BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY

 

Bailiwick of Guernsey - Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm Events 2012

 

About Guernsey

 

Constitution Steps. Courtesy of Guernsey Tourism. Photographer Karl Taylor

This page is really aimed at visitors from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world who have visited this site and who have subsequently shown interest in the Channel Islands and want to know about Guernsey.  The information we provide should be particularly interesting for English ex-pats living in adjacent Brittany and Normandy who might be tempted to taking a day or longer to visit the islands - known in France as Les Isles de la Manche or Les Isles Anglo Normande. 

 

This page is a mix of information which is more tourist related than the Channel Islands' French Culture page. 

 

Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands, has a particularly charming capital town called St. Peter Port.  This is built on a hill which stretches down to the harbour.  The streets are cobbled and there are all sorts of interesting lanes running between the tall, narrow buildings. 

 

Go to Cornet Street where you will find the National Trust of Guernsey Victorian Shop & Parlour which has been restored by the Trust and is probably the earliest remaining complete building in the town.

 

Guernsey was the final home of Victor Hugo who lived there for fourteen years in exile.  He took great personal interest in decorating his house, now known as Victor Hugo House. 

 

The island is full of tiny winding roads.  Take a map with you if you are driving!  It may by small but you can easily get lost. The many small bays and rocky beaches are a delight for children and where they can explore the rock pools. 

 

The many paths around the cliffs and conservation are a great attraction for walkers and nature lovers.  Visit the Orchid Fields, The Silbe Reserve,  see www.societe.org.gg Le Vaux de Monel and La Varde Rock are a naturalised garden with views over Rocquaine Bay.  There are so many different nature reserves, water areas and parks that we cannot possibly list them!

 

Guernsey is the perfect place for a family holiday for families who want to get away from the more hectic resorts as there is so much to see, learn about and enjoy. Just some of the island's  attractions are listed below:

  • The Beau Sejour Leisure Centre which included amongst its facilities a 25 metre swimming pool.

  • Guernsey Woodcarvers

  • Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery situated in the Candie Gardens. http://www.museums.gov.gg

  • Catherine Best sells her award winning jewellery at the Mill www.catherinebest.com

  • La Vallette Underground Military Museum is a military museum situated in underground tunnels constructed by the occupying German forces in WW2.Saumerez Manor courtesy of Guernsey Tourism Photographer Karl Taylor

  • The Guernsey Diamond Museum

  • Guernsey Clockmakers

  • Guernsey Candles

  • Saumerez Manor where you can follow the "Sculpture Trail".  Well worth visiting both for the sculpture as well as many, many other attractions www.sausmarezmanor.co.uk .

  • Shoppers and Craft lovers will like The Oatlands Centre which is sited in converted brick kilns.

  • Castle Cornet and its museums

  • The Little Chapel, possibly the smallest in the world www.thelittlechapel.org

  • The Guernsey Aquarium.

  • Fort Grey and The Shipwreck Museum

Beach BBQ with lobster courtesy of Guernsey Tourism

 

 

Guernsey abounds with restaurants and takes pride in the freshly caught fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables offered.  There are all styles of menu to choose from and they are excellent.