Enjoy the island's dramatic coastal views while walking the cliffs, wander across secluded bays, sunbathe on the golden sand, or perhaps learn to surf or go coasteering. In Guernsey’s pretty harbour town, St. Peter Port, there are a wealth of museums and historical attractions, as well as everything from quirky cafes to fine-dining restaurants. Further afield, discover Neolithic burial sites, German fortifications built during the island’s Occupation during the Second World War, as well as the beautiful Little Chapel, painstakingly decorated with bits of broken china and glass. You’ll quickly discover that there’s simply so much to see and do.
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Island hopping breaks have become popular all over the world, however there is one stunning archipelago you simply have to explore that lies a little closer to home. The Bailiwick of Guernsey is found in the English Channel between mainland Britain and France, and each isle is a little gem with unique traits, charms and attractions awaiting you.
Guernsey in itself is a truly wonderful holiday destination, boasting fascinating heritage, breath-taking scenery and a restaurant scene to rival anywhere else in the British Isles. However, the island can also act as your launch pad to its sister isles of Herm, Sark, Alderney and Lihou, all of which can be accessed in less than an hour of travel time.
If you are keen to visit more than one island, two great value package deals gives you the opportunity to experience the best of the Bailiwick of Guernsey in one holiday! The two deals include stays in Guernsey, Sark and Herm, giving you the chance to explore these three special isles
When it comes to food and drink islanders are rightfully proud of their local produce. Norman roots and a cosmopolitan seafaring heritage, combined with a temperate climate, bountiful ocean and arguably the best dairy products in the world, make this a gourmet’s paradise. Sark lamb and Herm beef are renowned for their succulence, and there are many traditional and contemporary twists on vegetarian fare available.
Guernsey hosts a variety of food festivals during the year, including the Guernsey International Food Festival (new for 2015) and the well-established Tennerfest during the month of October. The International Food Festival offers events for all the family, from live chef demonstrations, interactive events, markets and plenty of fantastic promotions in restaurants and cocktail bars.
Every corner of Guernsey has a floral surprise in store: from spring to summer, the southern cliffs are awash with flowers (like sea campion, wild thyme, ox eye daisies and seapinks) while to the east of the island Bluebell Wood is a rolling April ocean of indigo-blue. Candie Gardens, open daily, is a beautifully kept 19th century public garden and is home to the oldest-known heated glass-houses in the British Isles. You can also find out more about the Guernsey Lily, the Nerine sarniensis, while you’re there. Other must-see sites are the Saumarez Park gardens, with the recently restored Victorian Walled Garden, the subtropical gardens at Sausmarez Manor and Guernsey’s 426-hectares ‘Ramsar’ site, which includes Lihou Island. You’ll never want to go inside!
With lots of ‘ruettes tranquilles’ and mile after mile of cliff paths, where better to walk? Don’t miss Moulin Huet bay, Victor Hugo’s favourite and the subject of 15 paintings by Renoir. The south coast also boasts fortifications from every era, beginning in the Iron Age. If you’d like to know more, the island boasts a full programme of island-wide walks with accredited guides, plus comprehensive walking weeks in both spring and autumn.
If great food is another of your passions, our programme of Tasty Walks is for you. This collection of 15 self-guided walks has been designed to cater for all ages and abilities, and will take you past plenty of tasty stops and sites of interest. With maps to help you find your way, and audio guides voiced by TV personality James Strawbridge, you will want to do them all!
Cobbled streets, a picturesque seafront marina, quirky shops and historic gardens together make St. Peter Port one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns. One of the first things you will see is the impressive Castle Cornet, which has stood guard over the town for the last 800 years. Once cut off by the tide, it is now home to a collection of museums and gardens, and hosts theatre productions and musical events throughout the year.
The Town Church, the centrepiece of St. Peter Port, is equally eye-catching, while other sites such as Hauteville House (home to French writer Victor Hugo) and Candie Gardens at the top of town are other beauty spots. If you want to learn about the history of the island, the Guernsey Tapestry is the place to go, or simply sit back and watch the world go by in a quiet café. For a spooky stop, head up Cornet Street to the Old Victorian Shop which illustrates the home life of islanders in the past. The street weaves up to the top of Tower Hill, an area of town steeped in folklore and tales of witches and ghosts.