Visiting Guernsey

A Wealth of Activities & Attractions

Guernsey is the second largest island in the Channel Islands, located some 70 miles (112 kms) south of mainland Britain yet only 27 miles (43 kms) from the coast of France. Guernsey provides the visitor with a kaleidoscope of sensory stimuli. Despite its small size – Guernsey measures just six miles by three (10 kms x 5 kms) – all your senses are made to work overtime in this tiny Island.

Guernsey’s attractions and gastronomic excellence ensure that foodie fans and culture vultures are well catered for with glorious seafood restaurants, quirky beach cafes, Second World War relics and stunning coastal walks all offering a thoroughly enjoyable and varied holiday experience.

For those who want to seek thrills, spills and activities, there is a wealth of options both in the sea and on the land, from surfing, kayaking, coasteering to golf and cliff-walking.

Loyal to the British Crown, Guernsey and the rest of the Channel Islands became British isles during the Norman conquest, creating a unique Anglo-French history that survives to this day. Today Guernsey is a self-governing ‘Bailiwick’, incorporating the smaller Channel Islands of Sark, Alderney and Herm. There are many quirky and charming features on the island, including unique Guernsey stamps and the island’s own currency – legal tender only in the Channel Islands (don’t worry though – British Sterling can also be used!)

Guernésiais is the traditional language of Guernsey, closely related to Norman French it is an important part of Guernsey’s heritage. As you explore the island you will easily spot the language amongst our street names and places around the island.

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