Jersey Travel Guide
St Helliers - this excellent shopping centre with both local and well-known shops, also has a Victorian vegetable market and fish market where campers or self-catering backpackers can stock up on provisions. There are also cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal and do a spot of people watching. Jewellery, woollen goods, and various other specialist items can be found in the out-lying area of St. Helliers.
Elizabeth Castle Sir Walter Raleigh named this castle after Queen Elizabeth the 1st when it was built in the 1590's. The Hermitage, A small chapel dedicated to St. Helliers has been a holy place since the twelfth century. The castle puts on exhibitions depicting the role the castle played in the history of Jersey.
Belmont Crafts For those who find time weighing heavy on their hands, Belmont Crafts have come up with the perfect resource. Take a quick course in your preferred craft and then crate your own souvenirs and gifts. Groups, children, adults, all are welcome to come in and try it out.
Portelet Common A nature conservation area since the 1980's, Portelet Common offers spectacular views of the sea and has a rich habitat of dwarf shrub heathland, lichen-rich grasslands and thick gorse cover. The area shows evidence of inhabitation dating back to Neanderthal times, and the remains of Woolly Mammoth, man, and Rhinoceros have been discovered here. Unfortunately, the site has such archaeological importance that public access is denied.
Howard Davies Park in St Helier Jersey Howard Davies Park & St Lukes Memorial Gardens are in St Helier and are a delight to visit. There is a large Green on which to sunbathe or play football and there is a nice conservatory tea room where you can have a delicious snack and rest. In the park there is a lovely rose gardens area and seats to rest with a little fish pond and elsewhere in this very pretty park there are many species of trees/flowers and places to rest, sunbathe, take photos and there are little ponds with fish in, a little bridge to cross and is not far from many central hotels situated in St Helier and St Lukes Gardens/church are also nice to see situated here.
submitted by Simone C Wearne, 03/07/07
Nelson's Eye Restaurant Simply the best restaurant in Jersey Channel Islands. The Restaurant does not look fantastic from the road side. When you walk in its like Aladins Cave but done inside like the Victory. The views are wonderful with an outside area which is very refreshing and relaxed. The two Menus they have are out of this world, so if you fancy going the full A la Carte and one day just a light meal, they have it all. The Management and Staff really make you feel welcome and when you leave you feel like you are Locals. We will be back this summer August 2006.
submitted by Marvin, 23/03/06
aMaizin Maze - La Hougue Farm A great family attraction that's popular with the locals as well as the tourists - always a good sign! You pay an all-inclusive fee upon entering and the average stay is over five hours - all for around £20 family. Loads to keep you entertained and you never hear any squabbles between the children. Suitable for all ages.
submitted by Kris, 07/11/05
Jersey Parks & Gardens
Les Creux Country Park - St Brelade quiet country walks and an escape from all hustle and bustle is part of the charm of this park. Dry granite walls, strawberry fields, and wetlands take the visitor deep into the heritage of Jersey.
Les Jardins de la Mer - St Helier the name Les Jardins de la Mer means gardens of the sea, and the centrepiece is a circular water maze created by walls of water that rise and fall intermittently from powerful jets. At the centre of the maze is a magnificent sculpture of dolphins and swimmers by Philip Jackson. The gardens include maritime woodland, shingle beds, a rockery, and lawns.
Coronation Park - Millbrook, St Lawrence with a paddling pool and playground for children, this is one of the most popular parks for family outings. Although the great storm of 1987 wreaked havoc in the park and destroyed a great number of trees, the park is beautiful with plants and lawns.
Jersey Lavender Farm from the end of May to early August the Lavender is bloom on the farm, and to stroll around the fragrant fields is an unforgettable visual and aromatic experience. There is a gift shop selling the farm products as well as the Lavender Tea Room, where visitors can enjoy lunch or tea, with homemade cake.
Green Island One of the most popular beaches of Jersey, Green Island is a sunny, sheltered stretch of soft sand and rocks, perfect for children to clamber around and entertain themselves for hours. There are toilets available and there is a small restaurant as well as a beach kiosk.
Havre des Pas this is the closest beach to town and is therefore one of the most popular. South facing it is sunny and sheltered, has public toilets in the pool complex, several cafes and restaurants, and a pool.
Beauport South facing, surrounded by cliffs, and sheltered from winds, this sunny beach is perfect, even if the climb down to it is a bit steep. Rather regard this inconvenience as a protection against hordes of tourists swamping an otherwise delightful spot
AnnePort Facing east, on the northeast of the island, this beach is quiet and uncrowded as there is a lack of parking, but as some find the peace preferable to fighting their way through hordes of irritable motorists, this is possibly a point in favour of AnnePort. Public toilets are available, and the bathing is safe, but bring along a picnic basket, as there are no refreshment stands nearby.
Jersey Restaurants and Bars
Ming's Dynasty Restaurant 8 Cheapside, Saint Helier. Ming's Dynasty offers you a complete Chinese experience, including Chinese tea and fortune cookies. Duck and pancakes seem to be the most popular choice but there are other specialties to choose from such as shark's fin soup and fresh Jersey sole fillet Cantonese. Also don't forget that vegetarians are catered for at all Ming's Restaurants.
Bon Viveur Restaurant Le Boulevard, St Aubin, St Brelade, located on the harbour side of St Aubin this is an informal and relaxed restaurant offering lunch and dinner at prices that are acceptable.
Borsalino Rocque La Grande Route des Sablons, Grouville, with the informal atmosphere, gorgeous conservatory, and imaginative menu, this is one of the better restaurants, with lunch at a reasonable price, and dinner a touch more costly, but still worth the money.
Cafe de Paris 19-23 Halkett Street, St Helliers, with a wine bar, extensive menu, and a DJ on weekends, this restaurant has covered all bases and is a popular meeting place in the heart of town.
Top 10 things to do in Jersey for a weekend.
Useful Jersey Links
Jersey Countryside pictures
The website of the aMaizin Maze has some great aerial shots and some nice countryside photos which give a good idea of the beauty of Jersey!
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