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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Top Attractions in Guernsey | Places to Visit in Guernsey

Although small in size, Guernsey packs in a punch when it comes to the number of things you can do on the island. As with any island, Guernsey's beaches are one of its main draws - it has numerous sandy beaches and beautiful bays, all of which are popular with tourists.  However, in addition to its scenic, natural beauty, Guernsey has a large number of other attractions, ranging from castles and museums to art galleries and shopping venues.

Top Attractions in Guernsey | Places to Visit in Guernsey


The easiest way to explore Guernsey is by hiring a car. You can easily and quickly get around the island and see most of the historic sites. Some of the places you could visit are:

La Valette Underground Military Museum


Originally built as fuel storage facility by the Germans, the La Vallette tunnels in Guernsey are now home to a military museum. The museum is housed in one of the 41 tunnels that was built during the German occupation of the Channel Islands. The entrance to the museum may be a simple concrete lined opening in the cliffs but inside it is packed with military and civilian memorabilia ranging from military buttons and medals, uniforms, weapons, books and maps, letters and posters.

Pleimont Observation Tower


An impressive tower which offers an equally impressive view of the south west coast. The observation tower was built by the Germans in 1942 as a part of a series of similar towers. The tower, as you see it today, has been fully resorted to reflect how it would have looked during the occupation years. Go for the views - they are lovely.

Castle Cornet


Located on the southern arm of the harbour, the castle is 10 minutes walk from the St Peter Port bus terminus. The castle has stood guard over the town and harbour for nearly 800 years and served as the official residence of the Governor of Guernsey until 1672 when it was destroyed in a lightning strike and subsequent explosion. Today visitors can explore the battlements and enjoy views from the top of the castle across the Herm and Sark. Undoubtedly one of the main attractions in St Peter Port.

Fort Hommet 


It is a fortification on Vazon Bay headland which was built in the Victorian era as part of the anti-French defences and restored sometime in the 1980s.

Rousse Tower


This loop-holed tower was built in the 19th century to defend the island against the French. Today it has been fully restored and is very nicely maintained. The views from the top are lovely.
Guernsey Aquarium - Open 7 days a week, including bank holidays, the aquarium was transformed from WWII tunnels. It houses around 50 different marine displays including some rare and endangered species.

Hauteville House


Victor Hugo (French poet and novelist, best known for Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) lived in Hauteville House during his exile from France. The four storey house was furnished and decorated by Hugo himself. Today parts of the house have been converted to a museum and are open to the public. Guided tours to the house are available while the entrance to the garden is free of charge.

Victoria Tower


This 100ft tower was built in honour of Queen Victoria when she visited the island in 1846. Built of red granite, it is the highest tower in St Peter Port and offers lovely panoramic views from the top. The key to the tower needs to be collected from the Guernsey Museum in Candie Gardens (a few minutes walk from the tower) and you have half an hour to explore the tower. If you can manage to climb the 100 odd stone steps, you will be rewarded with lovely views.

Little Chapel


A lovely little chapel that is probably the smallest working chapel in the world. It was built by Brother Deodat who wanted to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France. The chapel that we see today is the third version that Brother Deodat constructed. One can imagine the time, passion and effort that would have gone into the construction of this chapel as it is a truly unique one encrusted in shells, coloured pebbles and broken china fragments. Very interesting and well worth a visit.

The Guernsey Tapestry


The Tapestry Gallery houses a set of ten tapestries each one illustrating a century of history of the island. Each tapestry has been embroidered by people from one of the island's ten parishes. You will notice that each panel bears the crest of the Parish that stitched it. It is impressive and whether you love crafts or history or both, you will enjoy a visit to the Tapestry Gallery.

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54 comments :

  1. Fab! I've had to put it on my travel list. I'd love to visit the little Chapel

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  2. Didn't realise there was so much to see in Jersey -looks fabulous

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    1. Jersey is also lovely, I have heard. We will be visiting it shortly.

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  3. I have always wanted to visit Guernsey - looks a lovely and friendly place with plenty to see and do!

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  4. Enjoyed 2 lovely holidays in Guernsey. The Little Chapel is so interesting & beautiful

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  5. Ive never been but I love visiting castles and museums

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  6. A lot to discover. I actually never visited.

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  7. Looks lovely. I hope I get the chance to visit one day

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  8. Looks lovely. On my hit list!

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  9. Looks like a lovely place to visit! been to Jersey which is beautiful.

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  10. Looks like a really lovely place to visit on holiday

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  11. Its a beautiful place to visit

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  12. Looks like a lovely place to visit.

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  13. I have never been but would love to visit. I am a mum of five 16,14,11,9,5. So difficult to find places where they will all enjoy it. Looks beautiful may have to try.

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  14. I have never visited but would love to go!

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  15. I'd love to visit here!

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  16. Looks a great holiday destination!

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  17. Have never considered visiting here before but would definitely think about it after reading this!

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  18. looks amazing. I would love to visit here

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  19. Look amazing, thanks for sharing, here's hoping we get to go explore soon

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  20. One of my bucket list places to visit

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  21. looks wonderful i will be looking more into visiting xx

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  22. We spent several wonderful family holidays here when I was younger - such incredible beaches. My favourite place was The Little Chapel, but I hated going to the Underground Hospital (very spooky!)

    I hope I can take my boys there one day :)

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  23. I used to work at sea and this was one of my favourite ports of call

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  24. I've never actually visited Guernsey. Being completely honest, I didn't realise that there was so much to see!

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  25. I'd love to visit this gorgeous island. x

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  26. Would love to take the family

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  27. I have never been to Guernsey but it looks breathtakingly beautiful, I would love to go

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  28. It's beautiful. I would love to take my girls and fiance someday. I know where to come to find information on attractions now :)

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  29. Looks beautiful My Husband has always wanted to go

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  30. My mum and dad have visited before and always raved about how beautiful Guernsey is! After reading this blog I can see why they talk so highly of the island!! Certainly gives me inspiration to visit!!

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  31. looks fab- would love to take my daughter there

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  32. Guernsey looks a beautiful place definitely on my to go list

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  33. I would love to go to Jersey one day - it's the only place my nan and grandad ever went bless them and they loved it

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  34. We loved Victoria tower a true piece of history x

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  35. Sounds a lovely place to visit :)

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  36. Lovely place to visit

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  37. Beautiful place where my grandads family was from x

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  38. I have never thought of visiting Guernsey on holiday, but having read this little piece and seeing the photos, it really looks fabulous and has loads to see and do!

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  39. went to Guernsey when I was younger, fab place to visit

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  40. Looks like a wonderful place to visit

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  41. I have never been, but its definitely on my list of places to visit!

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  42. Is very nice there. We went a couple of times when we were younger

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  43. Ive never been but looks amazing!

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  44. Really enjoyed reading this blog post. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Wow, this is lovely. Never been but it looks beautiful and somewhere I would like to go.

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  46. Had a quick glimpse of Journey last year as cruise ship stopped there. Would love to return with more time to explore.

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  47. Looks simply divine! Dxx

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  48. I have never been to the Channel Islands but would certainly love to

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  49. Never been but would love too

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  50. Looks like there is lots to do. Would love to go one day

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