For those hoping to explore the Channel Islands, Guernsey holidays allow visitors to explore a charming set of islands boasting immense natural beauty, a picturesque capital and a wonderfully vibrant character. Situated among the pretty Channel Islands, despite its French influence, Guernsey is a proud part of the United Kingdom’s collection of coastal gems, displaying significant historical lures, beautiful countryside and some truly stunning beaches.
The island of Guernsey will transport you to a tranquil environment, proving the perfect retreat for those seeking some solace and relaxation. The island group includes Guernsey Island, the home of the capital city and bursting with attractions, Alderney, famed for its many pubs, the beautiful beach-filled island of Herm and the rugged scenery of Sark – your holidays to Guernsey won’t be complete without sipping a pint amid this scenic splendour.
Islands of History
To gain a clearer picture as to the significance of the islands during your holidays, visiting the numerous sites of historical importance available to you will prove to be one of the best things to do during your break away. The capital city, Saint Peter Port, can be found on Guernsey Island and is home to the widest range of hotels and B&Bs. Around the city are a plethora of historical attractions that prove that Guernsey will expose you to more than just a pretty group of islands floating in the English Channel. Hauteville House is one of the most popular attractions in these parts for you to visit during your holidays in Guernsey, once the home of the author Victor Hugo.
In and around the city you can find the beautiful Guernsey Tapestry which provides a fascinating insight into the history of the islands, while Castle Cornet offers great views over the port and is home to some interesting military-themed museums. Other worthwhile sites around the city include the charming Little Chapel, hidden away but well maintained, and the Dolman Battery, part of the German WWII defences. For even more WWII information, history buffs should pay a visit to the German Occupation Museum in Forest.
Indulgent Natural Beauty
You’ll encounter relentless scenes of natural beauty throughout your Guernsey holidays, much of it found in the form of beaches and bays, while several peaceful gardens and parks are a testament to Guernsey’s continual bloom. Near to Saint Peter Port you’ll find the solitude of Fermain Bay, surrounded by green and dotted with white yachts. Vazon Bay is another great beach, situated in Castel and this time boasting a much larger expanse, as well as a great surfing scene in the rough seas. As alluring as these two bays may be, nothing comes close to matching the beauty of Shell Beach, found on tiny Herm Island. The rustic location only adds to its appeal, presenting an endless strip of sand dotted with pretty shells and sat beside a heavenly blue ocean.
While the rugged natural landscapes provide a great deal of solace for those spending their holidays in Guernsey, you can achieve just as much peace and quiet visiting one of the island’s stunning parks or gardens. Arguably the most impressive is Candie Gardens, situated around Saint Peter Port, and boasting a diverse and beautiful array of flora as well as some great coastal views. Out towards Castel you’ll encounter the luscious Saumarez Park, decked out with pretty gardens, a children’s playground and the Folk and Costume Museum. If you fancy an intriguing daytrip, hop between the Channel Islands, transporting you into the realm of the equally-beautiful and historic island of Jersey, another fascinating stop amid the English Channel.