It’s been a while since I travelled to Guernsey by ferry but if you are looking for a family break with lots of history, beautiful beaches and great food, why not consider the quieter Channel Island?
The island of Guernsey sits in the English Channel to the northwest of France and it’s a great place if you are looking for a tranquil holiday. Although the island is British you’ll find plenty of French influence.
The island covers an area of 25 square miles and its coastline offers plenty of sandy beaches, dunes and rock pools. It’s the perfect place if you enjoy scenic cliff walks.
Guernsey’s capital, St Peters Port is a pretty town which has lots of winding cobbled streets, hidden alleys and a port full of yachts and boats of all shapes and sizes. It’s a great place to shop with lots of boutiques selling exclusive clothes, leather goods and jewellery at low duty prices, as well as some exquisite antiques.
Because the island has a subtropical climate, you’ll enjoy the warmth and the lush greenery. Flowers abound in Guernsey with over 449 flowering plants recorded in January! The island is in bloom all year round.
If you love history, there’s plenty to explore on the island. You’ll find pre-historic sites like the Les Fouillages burial mound and tombs. There are Pagan priory ruins and museums relating the island’s experience during World War 2. Did you know that the Channel Isles were the only part of Great Britain occupied by the Germans?
Guernsey is a great island for food lovers too – from locally caught fish and chips to intricate dishes of local lobster and crab. Winter is the time to hole up in a Guernsey pub to try the famous Sark lamb casserole.
Take a ferry to Guernsey and you can also indulge in a little island hopping to the neighbouring islands of Herm, Sark and Alderney.
Great places to explore on Guernsey
The Guernsey Information Centre is a great place to start your exploration but these are some ideas you might like to add to your Guernsey itinerary.
Take a tour of the Rocquette Cider Farm with over 5000 trees in the picturesque fields surrounding the family home. The tour consists of a 35/40 minute walk followed by a tasting of the company’s 9 ciders, chutney, fruit liqueurs and apple juice.
Jerbourg Point, St. Martins
Hauteville House, St. Peter Port
Hauteville House was home to famous French writer Victor Hugo for 14 years, during his time in exile from France. Hugo spent his time there writing his masterpieces, as well as personally decorating the house.
Currently undergoing a major restoration project, the house will re-open to the public in 2019.
The Guernsey Tapestry Gallery houses The Bailiwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry which was a community project which illustrates 1000 years of local history. The tapestry has ten panels of embroidered canvas work, each panel covering one century.
The story in each panel is brought to life by an audio guide which is available in English, French and German.
There is so much to see and do on the island and if you take a ferry to Guernsey you’ll arrive already relaxed and ready to explore.
Whilst you don’t need a passport if you are travelling between the UK and the Channel Islands, it is best to take suitable photo ID with you such as your driving licence. BUT you will need a valid passport or National Identity Card for travel to and from France.
Have you ever visited Guernsey by ferry? Where are your top places to visit?