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Having fun on holiday doesn’t have to be expensive, and in Guernsey you’ll find plenty of free things to do, meaning you can save your money for the tax-free shopping or delicious Guernsey food. Whatever the time of year, you’ll be able to enjoy the island on a budget and here are a few of our favourite options.
The Town Church in St Peter Port is a beautiful Anglican church in the heart of the capital. The building acts as a civic church for the whole island and holds many different services and events that the entire island community can get involved with, regardless as to what religion. The building that stands there now is thought to have been built around 1470 and is a marvel to explore with beautiful stain glass windows and the heaviest church bells in the Channel Islands.
Pembroke Bay is on the northern point of the island and is its longest stretch of sand. The gentle slope of the sand means the bay is ideal for sandcastle-making, swimming and paddling. There is plenty of parking and amenities near by (for you to pick up your bucket and spade!) to make your visit as stress-free as possible.
Fauxquets Valley is one of the most beautiful spots for a walk any time of year, with beautiful fields to walk through and views over the Moulin Huet Bay. You may spot the apple orchards for Rocquette Cider, the island’s local speciality of a cloudy, medium dry cider. If you look carefully, you may even see the bee hives hidden through the bushes!
Cobo Bay is one of the most popular beaches on the island, and once you see its golden sands and crystal-clear waters for yourself, you will know why. The bay is accessible for all age groups, with safe waters for swimming, and a handful of amenities only minutes away where you can pick up that ice-cream or extra sun cream for those long summer days.
Guernsey has over 42 miles of coastal paths to be explored, and the rugged cliffs on the south west are particularly stunning. Starting at Portelet Bay and making your way south, you will find an Observation Tower where you can look out on the beautiful coast, before making your way along to the Pleinmont Nature Reserve. Here, you’ll find all sorts of wildlife and greenery to provide a forestry element to your coastal exploration.
The wonderful thing about the beautiful flora and fauna of Guernsey are that it is free for the public to enjoy. The gardens in St Peter Port have fantastic views over the harbour, as well as the neighbouring islands of Sark, Herm, and Alderney. The garden boasts a statue of Victor Hugo, presented in 1914. The statue was gifted by the French Government as a gesture of thanks for holding Victor Hugo during his exile on the island.
The Grandes Rocques Beach marks the rocky point at the end of the beautiful Saline Bay at the north of the island. The beach is perfect for walking, paddling and swimming, with soft sands and a charming kiosk selling homemade goodies to keep hunger at bay. This beach is a key spot to watch the sunset on a clear evening so plan your visit accordingly if possible!
Guernsey’s wild maritime climate and early spring keep the island decorated with lots of different flowers year-round. In spring, you’ll find bluebells and bright pink Sea Thrift flowers making an appearance on the clifftops. In the Autumn, you can expect to see the small orchids, Autumn Lady’s Tresses, as well as the beautiful Guernsey Lily. No matter what time of year your visit, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful flora around.
The Guille-Allès Library is the largest public library in Guernsey and has graced the streets of St Peter Port since 1882. The library acts as Guernsey’s growing cultural hub, with an impressive selection of printed music, books, CD’s and DVD’s available to rent. The library is centred around its enthusiasm and accessibility for learning, and if you are interested in any specific topic, whether that’s related to the island or not, the friendly librarians will help you find what you need.