FERRY + HOTEL
Unearth the hidden stories of Guernsey's ancient fortifications, witness the echoes of its maritime legacy, and immerse yourself in the island's intriguing blend of French and British influences. Dive into a captivating journey through time, exploring the untold chapters of Guernsey's history that will leave you hungry for more knowledge and eager to explore its fascinating heritage.
Want to experience the fun of a holiday and still be back home at the end of the day? Experience one of our exciting day trips from Poole to Guernsey, where the fun starts when you get onboard. With ample time on the island, you'll be spoilt for choice of what to do, so we've written this itinerary for those interested in Guernsey's rich and interesting history! For more information on our day trips, please check out our Poole to Guernsey Day Trip Page.
Your adventure begins upon arrival in Guernsey, where you will disembark at St. Peter Port, the island's capital, and main town. To start your historical exploration, make your way to Castle Cornet, an imposing medieval fortress perched atop a rocky islet in the harbour. As you marvel at its impressive architecture, delve into its intriguing past by exploring the various exhibits housed within its walls. With a history spanning over eight hundred years, the castle has served as a royal fortress, military garrison, and even a prison. The Maritime Museum within Castle Cornet provides insights into Guernsey's maritime heritage, while the Royal Guernsey Militia Museum highlights the island's military history.
Afterwards, take a stroll through the charming streets of St. Peter Port, relishing the picturesque views and immersing yourself in the town's unique blend of Georgian and Regency architecture. During your walk, be sure to visit the Guernsey Tapestry, housed in the Town Church. This remarkable hand-stitched artwork intricately depicts the island's history, offering a fascinating glimpse into Guernsey's past. As you marvel at the tapestry's intricate details, take a moment to appreciate the artistry and dedication that went into creating this visual narrative.
Once you have worked up an appetite, pause for a delightful lunch at one of the local cafes, where you can savour the flavours of traditional Guernsey cuisine. Treat yourself to the island's famous bean jar—a hearty slow-cooked dish—or indulge in freshly caught fish and chips, embracing the local culinary delights.
Following your lunch break, continue your historical journey by visiting the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, located in the heart of St. Peter Port. This cultural hub serves as a treasure trove of Guernsey's past, housing a diverse range of artefacts, paintings, and interactive displays. Explore the exhibits that highlight the island's history from prehistoric times to the present day, gaining a comprehensive understanding of Guernsey's heritage. Highlights of the museum include the skeleton of a woolly mammoth, the Sark Hoard of silver coins, and an exhibition on Guernsey's occupation during World War II. Take your time to fully immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Guernsey's past.
Continuing your historical adventure, make your way to Hauteville House, the former residence of the renowned French writer Victor Hugo. Preserved as a museum, Hauteville House offers a unique glimpse into Hugo's life and literary works. As you explore the house, marvel at the exquisite interior design that reflects Hugo's artistic flair. From intricately carved woodwork to vibrant colour schemes, every aspect of the house exudes creativity and passion. Step into the garden and bask in the panoramic views of St. Peter Port, soaking in the serene ambience that inspired Hugo during his time on the island.
Afterwards, head towards the Liberation Monument, located on the Albert Pier. This poignant monument commemorates Guernsey's liberation from German occupation during World War II, paying tribute to the island's resilience and the sacrifices made by its people. Take a moment to reflect on the island's history and the significance of this triumph of freedom.
If time permits, take a leisurely walk along the breath-taking cliffs that grace Guernsey's coastline or unwind on one of the island's pristine beaches. As the day draws to a close, make your way back to St. Peter Port, where you can catch your ferry back to the mainland. Don't forget to visit our onboard Duty-Free shop to snag yourself a bargain and something to remember this trip by!