Colourful St Peter Port is the hub of the island and there’s much to see in this flower-bedecked capital but there are points of interest all around Guernsey that deserve a visit. Get out on the water for a new perspective – there are plenty of opportunities. This pretty island, close to France, is at the heart of the Channel Islands, and forms a Bailiwick with Alderney, Herm and Sark. which means island hopping is also an option during your holiday.
Believe it or not, you can visit the home of France’s most famous writer, Victor Hugo in St Peter Port. He completed Les Misérables in the town where he lived in exile for 14 years. The building has now been beautifully refurbished back to its 19th-century glory and opened in 2019 as a new Guernsey tourist attraction.
Don’t miss the noonday gun, fired every day by soldiers in traditional uniform. Standing guard over St Peter Port Harbour, the castle boasts five museums and often hosts theatrical events within its ancient walls.
Get the big picture of Guernsey in wartime at La Valette Underground Military Museum, housed in tunnels originally built by German forces for fuel storage. Displays also cover the First World War and the island’s Militia.
Relive the wartime experience of Guernsey people after German forces invaded the island at this atmospheric museum, nestled in Forest. It’s packed with original items collected by its founder, Richard Heaume who was a boy here during the Occupation.
It’s the perfect place to relax in busy St Peter Port. These 19th century gardens with flowers, lawns and fish ponds have glorious views over the harbour and their glasshouses are the oldest in the British Isles. Also here are a museum, art gallery and café in a Victorian bandstand.
Uncover hundreds of years of history in the island’s comprehensive museum located in Candie Gardens. Once you’ve caught up with the points of interest, climb nearby Victoria Tower for some breath-taking views over St Peter Port and its busy harbour.
One of the oldest homes on the island is a magnet for visitors all year round because of its magnificent gardens and impressive interiors. The Sausmarez family have lived here for centuries and their guides have a wealth of amazing anecdotes to share with you.
This beautiful hotel in St Martin hides a secret attraction. Owner Luke Wheadon uses local botanicals like rock samphire and glasshouse-grown mandarin lines to make Wheadon’s Gin here in traditional copper stills. Why not try this perfectly balanced artisanal gin for yourself?
If the tides are right, why not paddle out from the shore for the chance to get up close and personal with the island’s rocky inlets and scenic bays – you might even see dolphins, seals and puffins if you’re lucky.
Wrap up warm and take to the sea for an attraction with a difference. Island RIB and Outdoor Guernsey offer a range of expeditions to suit all ages – it all depends whether you fancy coasteering (climbing, swimming and jumping), wildlife spotting, or just the joy of getting out on the water.
As you can see, there are so many different things to do and see in Guernsey to entertain the whole family! Whatever you decide to do, let Condor Ferries sort out the first step of the way with our journeys to and from the Island. Have a look a ferry timetables and book your journey here.