We love Guernsey and everything it has to offer. To help you choose your perfect tour, we have put together this handy guide about Guernsey with some of our favourite things to see and do, from local history and culture, to which attractions to visit.
Our guide to Guernsey
Where is Guernsey?
Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands located in the English Channel between France and the south coast of England. There are 7 main islands that make up the Bailiwick of Guernsey- Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou, Lihou and of course, Guernsey itself.
Guernsey is crown dependency, its residents are considered British although it is entirely self governing with its own laws, customs and traditions. Due to much of its history and its close proximity to France there is a distinct French feel on the island. This includes French road and place names, architecture stemming from its Norman roots and even its own local patois, Guernesiais, which originates from french dialects.
Discover Guernsey's past
For such a small island, Guernsey has an abundance of history across the centuries much of which is exhibited in it’s fantastic museums and at many sites around the island. Guernsey’s unique position as a self governing island and of course its strategic position in the channel has made it much fought over during earlier centuries. Fortifications from the many wars and battles remain today preserved in fantastic condition and available to the public to see.
One of the more recent periods of history, the German Occupation from 1940 to 1945, has also heavily left its mark on Guernsey and the other Channel Islands. Over 900 fortifications were built on Guernsey alone and many still remain today with a large effort by local organisations to restore and open them to the public. Attractions such as The Occupation Museum and the German Underground Hospital are great museums to visit if you are spending any time on the island.
Where to go & what to see
If history is not your thing then there is still plenty to enjoy on Guernsey. The island’s beautiful coastline varies from the town of St Peter Port, to rugged cliffs and sweeping bays. Miles of sandy beaches are perfect for relaxing on during a summers day whilst enjoying Guernsey’s mild climate. If you prefer something more active then why not admire the stunning views on a cliff walk around the south coast?
Whether you are visiting or are a local there is always plenty of new things to explore and enjoy. After a long day relaxing or exploring there is nothing better than to finish off with a delicious meal. For such a small island the Guernsey is packed with eateries and bars. There are over 200 places to eat and drink on the island, from cafes, to restaurants, to coastal kiosks. Of course no visit to Guernsey would be complete without sampling some of the delicious produce of the famous Guernsey cow. Even the Queen is said to be a fan!
Places to go, things to see
Guernsey's main attractions and features
St Peter Port
The charming and picturesque cobbled streets of Guernsey’s capital are perfect for a day of exploring.
This 13th century castle stands guard at the entrance to St Peter Port Harbour. Its structure and museums are fascinating to visit
This 19th century Martello tower was built on top of and earlier fort and now houses Guernsey’s maritime museum.
A fantastic museum packed with artefacts and an abundance of information and stories about the Occupation.
This tiny chapel is decorated entirely from shells, glass and pottery and is one of Guernsey’s most well known and loved sights
Guernsey is full of fortifications spanning centuries, many of which have been restored and are great to explore.
This cove was a favourite of one of Guernsey’s most famous visitors- Victor Hugo, who was inspired by its beauty.
Pleinmont point is full of stunning views, pretty coves and fortifications perfect for a walk, whatever season.