Guernsey is a fantastic destination, less than an hour's flight from London, for weekend escapes as well as for longer relaxing holidays. There is a wonderful range of outdoor activities for people who don't get enough fresh air, and still the occasional tax-free bargain to be had from one of the many artisans still producing hand made goods here in Guernsey.
Don't forget that Guernsey is only 24 square miles, so everywhere is close to town, countryside and beach. You may wish to hire bikes, or a car for your stay. There are many cycle paths dotted around the island, but it's just as easy to use the bus and the occasional taxi to get around. You'll probably find you'll want to walk to most places when the weather is fine.
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Guernsey, officially the Bailiwick of Guernsey is a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. Although its defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom, the Bailiwick of Guernsey is not part of the UK; and while it participates in the Common Travel Area, it is not part of the European Union.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey is included (along with the Bailiwick of Jersey) in the grouping known as the Channel Islands.
Guernsey On English Channel
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The climate is temperate with mild winters and warm sunny summers. The warmest months are July and August; when temperatures are generally around 20 °C (68 °F) but occasionally reach 24 °C (75 °F). On average, the coldest month is February with an average weekly mean air temperature of 6 °C (42.8 °F). Average weekly mean air temperature reaches 16 °C (60.8 °F) in August. Snow rarely falls and is unlikely to settle, but is most likely to fall in February. The temperature rarely drops below freezing, although strong wind-chill from Arctic winds can sometimes make it feel like it. The rainiest months are December (average 108 mm/4.3 in, November (average 98 mm/3.86 in) and January (average 89 mm/3.50 in). July is on average the sunniest month with 250 hours recorded sunshine; December the least with 50 hours recorded sunshine. 50% of the days are overcast.
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English is the language in general use by the majority of the population, while Guernésiais, the Norman language of the island, is spoken fluently by only about 2% of the population (according to 2001 census)
How to Reach Guernsey
Guernsey airport has flight links to :-
a.The UK - London (Gatwick and Stansted), Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Exeter. There are seasonal services to Norwich, Edinburgh and Belfast.
For frequent Flight information visit Aurigny Air Service website: -www.aurigny.com
b.France - Dinard. There is a seasonal service to Grenoble
c.Isle of Man
f.Netherlands - Rotterdam (April-September only)
g.Germany - Stuttgart and Dusseldorf (April-September only)
Guernsey Airport :- http://www.guernsey-airport.gov.gg/
Saint Peter Port
Guernsey’s capital has been a busy entrepôt since Roman times. Her deep, safe anchorage and relative remoteness from France made Saint Peter Port the Channel Islands’ premier port, graced by a wealth of ship builders, privateers and merchant adventurers. Georgian and Regency styles were enriched by an influx of French emigrés, including Victor Hugo.
Today the town is a captivating blend of styles, framed by a tumble of terraces and tiered gardens and criss-crossed by worn steps and hidden alleys.
Shopping in Saint Peter Port is an unmissable experience. Electronic and photographic equipment, jewellery and perfume are all good, low duty buys, along with wines, spirits and tobacco and of course the famous Guernsey jumper. Small boutiques offer exclusive clothes, shoes and leather goods, whilst the Old Quarter is the place to find antiques.
You can explore Saint Peter Port with a series of guided walks available, Walking Festivals in spring and autumn, or pick up a copy of our map of Saint Peter Port, with five trails taking you to different areas of the town.
If you prefer to relax, take time to just look around you, soak up the atmosphere, sit and have a coffee or snack, al fresco style, and watch the world go by. After all, this is the Channel Islands’ most beautiful town.
Saint Peter Port
Places to Visit
1. Castle Cornet & Its Museums
Castle Cornet, Guernsey’s ancient royal fortress, has stood guard over the town and harbour of St Peter Port for nearly eight centuries. The story of the Castle and other aspects of Guernsey’s past can be found in the five museums housed within the Castle: The Story of Castle Cornet Museum, The Maritime Museum, The 201 Squadron (RAF) Museum, The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum and The Royal Guernsey Militia Museum.
The Castle is also home to four well-researched ‘period’ gardens. There is a guided tour each morning and the Noon Day Gun is fired daily by soldiers in 19th century costume. Themed castle tours available every Sunday May - September at 2:15pm.
On selected days the Guernsey Museums & Galleries ‘History in Action’ company enact stories from Guernsey’s past. With so much to see, plus the Refectory Café and the Castle Shop, a visit to the Castle makes a great day out.
Castle Emplacement St Peter Port Guernsey GY1 1AU
t: +44 (0)1481 726518
Perry's guide reference: Town Map P9
Admission: Adults: £9.00, Seniors: £6.50, Children: £2.00 (under 7 free)
Opening: Open daily late March – October
2. Fort Grey & Shipwreck Museum
Known locally as the “Cup and Saucer”, Fort Grey is a Martello Tower built in 1804 to defend Guernsey’s west coast. Many vessels have come to grief on this beautiful but treacherous coast, and the Martello Tower now houses a Shipwreck Museum with a surprising variety of objects recovered from the wrecks. The information panels tell the gripping stories surrounding the disasters which date from the HMS Sprightly in 1777 to the Vermontborg in 2003.
On Tuesday mornings at 11.15am and Sunday afternoons at 2:15pm Guernsey Museums ‘History in Action Company’ enact stories from Guernsey’s Past.
Rocquaine Bay St Peters Guernsey GY7 9BY
t: +44 (0)1481 265036
Website : www.museums.gov.gg
Perry's guide reference: Page 26, A1
Admission: Adults: £4.00, OAPs: £3.00, Children: £1.50 (under 7 free )
Opening: Open daily Late March – October
3. Sausmarez Manor
Possibly one of the most interesting, beautiful and varied places on the island, encompassing so many different things to see and do, including a delightful selection of wildfowl, lake-side café, Happy Hollow 9 hole short course golf, Affinity Gems, where you can make your own jewellery, and an Edwardian Tin & Coppersmiths. The Subtropical Gardens, featuring many exotic species set in ancient woodland around two small lakes and a winterbourne is recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society, the Good Garden Guide, Which Garden and 1001 Gardens to Visit Before you Die. The Art Park has more sculptors exhibiting their works than anywhere else in Britain to make a wonderful array of work to suit every taste and pocket.
Sausmarez Road St Martin Guernsey GY4 6SG
t: +44 (0) 1481 235571
Perry's guide reference: Perry’s Guide page 31, E2
Opening: Open Daily
4. German Occupation Museum
A unique experience of life in Guernsey 1940-1945, authentic occupation street. Maritime history and fortifications.
Les Houards Forest Guernsey GY8 0BG
t: +44 (0)1481 238205
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Perry's guide reference: Page 28 D3
Admission: Adults £5, Children £2.50
Opening: Open daily April - October. Restricted opening November - March. Please check with the Guernsey Information Centre for details.
5.National Trust of Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum
Set in stables and other outbuildings of an old country house in Guernsey’s largest park, the Folk and Costume Museum depicts life as it used to be in the Island around 100 years ago. Displays include domestic life, farming, fishing and seafaring, trades, the tomato industry and transport. The recently much enlarged museum also has several displays on Guernsey costume and a magnificent fully-furnished scale model of a Victorian town house. In the summer months (May - August), the museum has a programme of small-scale local craft demonstrations and explanations on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons.
Saumarez Park Castel Guernsey GY5 7UJ
t: +44 (0)1481 255384
Perry's guide reference: Page 15, G2
Admission: Adults £5, OAPs: £4, Children under 5: Free, Students and Children under 16: £1.50. National Trust Members: free.
Opening: Open mid March - end of October: Open daily.
6.Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery
Designed around the old Victorian bandstand in the restored Victorian Candie Gardens, Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery houses a variety of Exhibitions.
‘The Story of Guernsey’ shows the development of the Island and its people. Artefacts from Victorian Collectors are displayed in a Victorian style Gallery.
A changing programme of temporary exhibitions is held in the Rona Cole and Brian White Galleries.
The Museum gift shop stocks a variety of quality books and souvenirs. Café Victoria offers light snacks and lovely views over the harbour and outlying Islands. Free Entry to Shop and Café.
Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery
Candie Gardens St Peter Port Guernsey GY1 1UG
t: +44 (0)1481 726518
Perry's guide reference: Town Map H5
Admission: Adults: £5.00, OAPs: £4.50, Children: £1.50 (under 7 free)
Opening: Open daily February – December
Other Attractions : - Le Dehus , Herm , Moulin Huet Bay , Victor Hugo Trail , L’Ancresse
With such spectacular coastline and countryside, the islands offer enough walking routes to last holiday after holiday. Qualified guides can help you uncover the islands’ secrets, or alternatively, just grab a map and head off yourself.
With an environment that’s as conducive to outdoor pursuits as ours, it’s not surprising that a range of sporting and other activities is available on the islands, including cycling, diving, angling and sailing. Guernsey’s west coast can also provide excellent surfing and windsurfing conditions. And nature lovers are in for a treat with plenty of bird watching opportunities on all of the islands. However you decide to spend your time in the islands, one thing’s for sure – you’ll want to come back for more.
You can also get the good opportunity to learn and enjoy -:
Flying , Language classes , Clay pigeon shooting , Climbing , archery ,Yachting and Sailing etc
Night Life in Guernsey
Despite Guernsey's small size it has a buzzing nightlife that incorporates bar restaurants, funky cocktail bars as well as the more traditional pub. It also has a selection of nightclubs situated in the island's capital, St Peter Port.
Bar One, Club 54, The Townhouse & Laska offer a more laid back, sophisticated night out, with funky house and progressive beats from live DJs, while Barbados & Folies have a younger more energetic crowd playing commercial dance.
The Dog House is the island's premier live music venue and offers excellent value food also.
The Red Onion is primarily a sports bar, but also has live DJs.
The Dog House
With 28.5 miles of spectacular cliff top paths, plus numerous bays, rural lanes and common, Guernsey offers walkers numerous opportunities to explore. Getting out and about on foot is arguably the best way to get a real feel for the island and will allow you to discover much of what makes us so special.
As you walk you’ll be able to see rare, semi-tropical species of plants growing wild, including aloes, Madeira geraniums and Kaffir figs. Alternatively, explore the streets of our capital, Saint Peter Port, and discover how the picturesque town became what it is today.
Accredited guides are available throughout the year for guided walks on most aspects of Island life and in Spring and Autumn there are Walking Festivals. These provide a great opportunity to learn more about the island, providing you with insights that you might otherwise miss.
Guernsey’s temperate climate and variety of habitat makes it an ideal place for many species of bird to nest or visit. There are RSPB walks throughout the spring and summer that will take you to the best places to observe them.
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Information Centre :- Various walking literature is available from the Guernsey Information Centre, and so why not pay them a visit during your stay, which includes:
The Must Have Map of Guernsey:
With details of floral, environmental and heritage sites, as well as accredited places of interest and activity centres. Available to pick up during your holiday on Guernsey and is free of charge.
The Walking Map of Guernsey: with points of interest along the whole of Guernsey’s coast, as well as two suggested circular walks. Available to pick up during your holiday on Guernsey and is free of charge.
Map of St Peter Port: Five walking routes through the historic town of St Peter Port, with details on points of interest. Available to pick up during your holiday on Guernsey and is free of charge.
Guernsey Coastal Walks and Nature Trails: Sixteen walks throughout the island. Available to buy from The Guernsey Information Centre and other outlets £7.50
The Channel Island Way: The Way covers five of the Channel Islands: Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and Jersey. Available to buy from The Guernsey Information Centre and other outlets £9.95
While it is easy to gather the Channel Islands under any number of umbrellas, this new 110 mile, island-hopping, walking route dispels the notion that any of the islands are similar to their neighbours. In fact, the further you walk, the more each island asserts its own charm and personality. From the timeless charm of Herm’s Shell Beach to Alderney’s heaving sea bird colony, and Sark with its tractor-drawn taxis, each of the five islands are very much individual.
Travelling between the Islands
There are regular transport links between all of the Islands.
Alderney: Regular flights and occasional ferry (in season) from Guernsey:
Sark: reached by a 45 minute ferry ride from Guernsey.
Herm: reached by a 20 minute ferry ride from Guernsey.
Jersey: Regular ferry and flights from Guernsey
Guernsey has an extensive bus service with routes servicing most parts of the island and all of the main attractions.
Buses : With a little planning it is possible to use the bus as your sole form of transport. Buses cost just £1 per journey and all have disabled access. Bus timetables are available from the Guernsey Information Centre, the Bus Terminus and at: www.icw.gg/buses/
Saint Peter Port
Taxi , Cars and Mini Buses :
Taxi's and mini-buses are also available for hire, some of which conduct island tours.
With low priced petrol and competitive rates, self-drive hire cars are a popular way to explore the island. Although there are varying maximum age restrictions, cars can still be hired under private insurance; please check with your hire car supplier before arriving on the island. The minimum legal age to hire a car is 20 years old.
Driving in Guernsey is a little different to what most visitors are used to. The roads are narrow, there are special rules, and not all the signs will be familiar to you. The maximum speed limit is 35mph and less in many areas. We recommend that you read the leaflet ‘Driving in Guernsey is different’ available to download below and from the Guernsey Information Centre. Drivers must be insured and have a full driving licence.
Moulin Huet Bay
Many of Guernsey’s public parking areas are designated as ‘disc parking’ zones where drivers must display a parking clock, available from the Visitor Information Centre, the Police Station and some garages/news agents. Details of how to use the clock are printed on the reverse. There are three dedicated small car-parking zones in St Peter Port. More details can be found below.
Motorcycles and bicycles :-
Motorcycles and bicycles are also available for hire and are an excellent way to see the island. If hiring a motorcycle, you must be 20 years of age or over and have held a full licence for more than one year in the category required.
Guernsey is place to unwind yourself without burning your pocket . A perfect place for a lovely spring summer Holiday.
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