Guernsey, Channel Islands
The history of the Bailiwick is fascinating and explains to some extent its unique character. From ancient neolithic tombs and menhirs,
Gallo-Roman wrecks and artefacts, through to fortifications constructed during Napoleonic times and the Second World War, man has left
evidence of his presence everywhere. Brought to the British Crown in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the Bailiwick has remained loyal to it virtually ever since. Today, it still retains its independence, with its own government and currency - though British money is also in circulation - and even its status in regard to the European Union is special.
The town is a collection of narrow streets leading uphill from the sea to a skyline of church steeples and steep-roofed granite houses. The attractive cobbled High Street is flanked with traffic-free arcades and is lined with modern shops and boutiques, offering all manner of value for money merchandise.
St. Peter Port must be one of the world’s most beautiful harbour capitals and retains much of its original charm as a traditional sea port.
Dining out is one of the great delights of a holiday in Guernsey. Whether you are looking for sophisticated gourmet fare or simple home cooking, the Island’s vast range of restaurants and cafes will satisfy your appetite as well as your pocket. A varied programme of night-time entertainment also ensures that holiday fun continues well after the sun has set.
From cinemas showing the latest film releases, to theatre, concerts and fireworks displays, there is always something to keep you entertained.
Visit Guernsey’s arts and crafts centres and discover how candles, pottery and jewellery are made. There are also galleries and a host of other attractions, including museums and the former house of Victor Hugo, the French novelist and poet who lived in exile on Guernsey for 15 years where he completed ‘Les Miserables’.
Any holiday to Guernsey would be incomplete without a day trip to one or more of the neighbouring islands, all of which are easily reached. Frequent boat services operate to Herm and Sark, whilst Jersey and Alderney are easily accessible by air. Herm has dazzling beaches, whilst Sark lives in a rural time warp without traffic. Alderney’s cobbled streets, pretty cottages and Victorian forts are another world again. But one thing all the islands have in common is their ease of access, relaxing atmosphere and unassuming friendliness.
For more Information please contact:
Guernsey Tourist Board,
P.O. Box 23,
St. Peter Port,
Tel: +44 (0))1481 723552
Fax: +44 (0)1481 714951
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