Guernsey is a wonderful destination to explore, whatever the weather. Luckily, there are many things to do in the rain and indoor activities to keep visitors busy even if the heavens have decided to open. Have a look below for some of our favourite rainy-day activities.
The German Military Underground Hospital is a time machine back to the sobering time of the Second World War, where the German forces had taken over the island. The underground hospital is the largest reminder of the period with over 6900 square meters of tunnels to explore. It is a fascinating yet moving insight into life on the island during those uncertain times.
There is something comforting about being indoors in a space full of creativity and the Guernsey Tapestry, located in an award-winning gallery, is just that! The fantastic tapestry shows over 1000 years of the island’s history, and its immense detail means that every time you visit, you’ll discover something different. The inhouse café allows you to cosy up inside around the stunning works of art with a warm cuppa to watch the rain fall outside.
The Beau Sejour Leisure Centre is just to the north of St Peter Port and is a hub of excitement and activity for all ages and abilities. The centre has a 25m swimming pool, as well as an array of fitness classes, a gym, and spa facilities. There is also a kids’ play zone for the younger members of the group to use. The centre is a great place to stay active without having to face the rain!
The Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum is a Martello Tower built on a small islet just off Rocquaine Bay, with the purpose of being the bay’s forefront of defence. The tower is connected to the bay with a raised causeway which visitors can walk along to access the museum. Fort Grey is full of interactive activities such as quizzes and scavenger hunts for a fun and engaging way to find out about the natural history of the surrounding area.
The St Pierre Park Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in Guernsey, and its spa and wellness centre may just be what separates it above the rest. The spa not only has an indoor swimming pool, a marble steam room, a dual aspect volcanic stone sauna, experience showers, 5 treatment rooms, and a relaxation room, but it also boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding lake and grounds making it perfect for an indulgent rainy-day in.
The Wheadon’s family have been part of the island’s gin scene for over 100 years, and in the sophisticated cellar at the Bella Luce Hotel, you can take part in one of the ‘gin experiences’ where you can learn about the art of making gin, sample some of the produce, and even make your own gin! Perfect for those who love a good tipple and trying their hand in the kitchen.
The Old Government House Hotel and Spa is the only 5-star hotel on the island and is perfectly placed in St Peter Port with panoramic views over the harbour. The extensive tea selection makes an afternoon tea here an exciting occasion and of course, if you are looking for more of a merry affair, you can swap your tea for champagne or prosecco – not a bad way to spend an afternoon!
Le Nautique is a stunning seafood restaurant in the heart of Guernsey’s St Peter Port. The building was originally a vault used by shipowners and merchants, yet it is now a beautiful restaurant with views over the harbour from both floors. Le Nautique has a selection of menus for all occasions, whether it’s a romantic dinner for two, or a family get-together for 20! Expect to see all creatures sea-based on the menu, with the reassurance that everything will be fresh and locally caught.
Maybe not the sport that springs to mind, but indoor bowls is a fun and satisfying game that really tests your focus, precision and concentration. The Guernsey Bowl Stadium in Vale is open every morning and evening throughout the winter season, and visitors are welcome to come and try out the lanes, with shoe and bowl hire available.
St Peter Port is a glorious shopping location. Whether that’s down to its friendly tax-free prices, unique island boutiques, or generous Guernsey hospitality, you’ll have to work that one out for yourself. You will be able to find everything from UK chain stores to designer labels, to independent outlets you won’t be able to find anywhere else!
The Priaulx Library is a unique visitor centre on Candie Road in St Peter Port where you will be able to find fascinating artefacts from the island’s history. You’ll be able to find here the Guernsey Photographic Archive, as well as an extensive collection of the island’s newspapers, rare books and documents. It is a beautifully calming place to just be and find out more about the island’s history and creative past.