St Helier is Jersey’s capital and has a lot to offer all year-round. From its buzzing nightlife, fantastic tax-free shops, and impressive array of parks, restaurants and attractions, you’ll be bound to find something there for everyone. View all Jersey holidays here.
When you’re thinking about what to do in St Helier, the Howard Davis Park should be at the top of your list. On the east side of the town, the Howard Davis Park was a gift to the island by one of its most generous benefactors, Thomas Benjamin Frederick Davis. The park has everything including rose gardens, a war memorial garden, a tea room, ponds, flowers, and fountains for its visitors to enjoy. The park is the perfect place to soak in some fresh air and relax whilst staying in the lively capital.
The 16 New Street Georgian House Museum is a step back in time for an experience that relives the time of the regency in Jersey with its reinstated Georgian features. Inside the house, you will be taken back in time to when clay pipes were being smoked and French invasion was one of the hot topics of conversation. The museum has been described as "a lost jewel in the crown of the architectural heritage of Jersey" and should not be missed out on.
St Helier Beach is a beautiful crescent of sand at the south-western part of the town between St Aubin’s Bay and St Helier Marina. The bay curves into the marina, making it easily accessible from the town centre. You’ll have the amazing views of Elizabeth Castle, which at low tide, you can walk to, and at high tide, you can hop on board one of the amphibious shuttle ferries that can take you to and from the islet the castle lies upon.
The Central and Beresford Markets are key players in Jersey’s heritage and have been serving the islanders for over 200 years. The Central Market lies on the end of Beresford Street and Halkett Place in the centre of St Helier, whilst the Beresford Market is opposite between Beresford Street and Minden Place. The markets are open 7:30 – 14:30 Monday to Saturday, and are full of unique crafts, fresh food, goods and services. One you mustn’t miss for a taste of Jersey culture and a perfect place to buy souvenirs!
The Chocolate Bar Jersey is Jersey’s only unique handmade chocolate shop. Located on Conway Street, the shop is not to be missed for anyone with a sweet tooth. Here, you can find chocolate in all shapes and forms, whether it’s a bag of delicious truffles to share with the family, or a luxurious box of bespoke pralines as a gift for a loved one. With vegan options available, there is something there for everyone: a must-visit for your time on the island.
Jane James is an award-winning artist and has become one of the best-known ceramic designers on the Channel Islands. Her studio overlooks the English Harbour in St Helier and is the ideal location for Jane and her artists to be inspired for their unique ceramic wonders. In the studio, Jane and her team of artists hand cut, press mould or slip cast the ceramics from white earthenware clay to make truly unique works to take away. The ceramics are mounted upon driftwood or other recycled wood collected from Jersey’s beaches, making each item a true Jersey gem.
Dive Jersey in St Helier is where to go if you want to discover for yourself the beauty of what lies within the Channel Island waters. Dive Jersey offers a range of sessions, from a discovery session for those who haven’t dived before, to open water courses and refreshers. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to get close to a range of different sea creatures including anemone, anemone shrimp, crabs and even sea horses and sunfish.
You’re already on one Channel Island, so what’s stopping you from exploring three more? At the marina, you will find regular daily boat trips out to these islands so you can easily fit them into your Jersey trip. Alderney is known for its wildlife and history, with the rare blonde hedgehog being one of the many creatures you may find there. Sark is best for stargazing and coasteering with no artificial light and steep sea cliffs. Herm is ideal for island day-dreaming with gorgeous beaches, and nothing to distract you from its beauty: a step back in time to when all you needed was the glistening golden sands and salty sea air.
This 11th century Parish Church in St Helier is an active and outgoing church that still holds services in Jersey today. The ancient architecture has been rekindled with a 21st century interior, containing an organ, installed in 1926 and considered to be the finest in Jersey. In the church, you can discover the beautiful Lalique glass that has been insured for 10 million pounds! At present, the church holds 4 services on a Sunday, and a short communion on a Tuesday so there is lots of time for visitors to look round and find out more about this beautiful church’s history.
The Liberation Square Sculpture was created in 1995 to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the Liberation. The sculpture is on the waterfront in St Helier and marks the place where the Royal Navy and British Army liberated the island from 5 years of German Occupation. The statue was created by Philip Jackson F.R.SS, commissioned by the Jersey Public Sculpture Trust and was unveiled by The Prince of Wales on the 9th May 1995. The statue symbolises Jersey’s freedom, yet also its part in the greater global community. The sculpture is a must-see for photos and is a key piece of Jersey’s heritage.
The Lighthouse Memorial is a truly touching piece of architecture, erected in 1996, and commemorates the islanders who were prisoners of war and did not find their way back to the island. Situated outside the Maritime Museum, the memorial is in an ideal position with the beautiful backdrop of the boats in the marina – a suitable setting in honour of those remembered. On the memorial, you’ll find tributes paid to the island prisoners, and upon reading these, you will gain a touching insight into the extent that the island was impacted during the Second World War.
A perk about Jersey is that it is one of the warmest places in the British Isles, meaning that in the summer, outdoor dining is very much a possibility. In St Helier, you’ll find many bars and restaurants with outdoor seating where you can look out and enjoy the typical island charm and simply watch the world go by. If you fancy sitting by the marina to see the boats, there’s the Quayside Bistro and Grill serving up all the local seafood favourites including fresh crab, Jersey oysters and Jersey plaice. For a more central option, check out the Bellagio Italian with classic Italian dishes made freshly to enjoy with a nice glass of wine.
Liberty Wharf is a glorious spot for shopping and eating galore, all set inside a beautifully restored Victorian building on the gateway of St Helier, only 5 minutes away from local bus stops and the harbour. Inside its walls, you’ll find modern shops ranging from the top designers such as Moss Bros, to quirky chilled lifestyle brands such as Hapi. You’ll also find a gym and beautician inside, as well as an array of cafés and eateries to keep you fuelled up for your St Helier adventure. The perfect place to buy presents, as well as to soak in the beautiful buildings and quirky charm.
Voisins department store is a large store taking up 6 units of King Street in central St Helier. You will find everything you could possibly want, and browsing its many products is an experience in itself. From homeware to fashion, bags to beauty, you will find in Voisins what you never thought you needed. The brands are high fashion, including the likes of Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Ted Baker. The instore eatery maintains its high standard with options such as a seaside salad and baked butternut squash. You could spend a day in this store, so make sure you set enough time aside.
Why not spend a day off the island on a yacht charter tour? With Go Sail Jersey, you can explore the Jersey waters and see what excitements lie in the channel. With qualified sailors, you can let them show you the wonderful wildlife and scenery that Jersey’s coast has – you may even spot some dolphins! You can choose to tour around the surrounding islands and if you prefer a more hands-on experience, you can try steering the boat and competing in races with fellow seafarers.