Weekend Breaks to Guernsey
Planning a short break to Guernsey? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Guernsey. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Guernsey. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Guernsey on a Short Break
Situated on an outlet of land, and proudly guarding is St. Peters Port, the islands capital. The castle is over 800 years old and most has been well preserved. The castle and town have a very lively history that is told in the three on site museums, which are the Military museum, Maritime Museum and the RAF Museum.
For more information visit - www.aboutbritain.com/castlecornet
This main shopping street in the heart of town is flanked by tall, elegant buildings and dominated by the Town Church. The High Street is always crowded with locals and visitors; a stroll down this narrow cobbled Street will never tire one. The Pollet runs off the High St and has the same atmospheric feel. The Commercial Arcade behind the church is a stylish 19th century mall. Lots of unique shops to be investigated.
For info visit: www.guernseymap.com
The renowned writers house is located in St. Peters Port at the junction of Cornet, Cliff Sts and Tower Hill. Hugo was exiled to the island from the Napoleonic wars in 1851. Hauteville House is named after the area its located in. The guided tour is well worthwhile just for the eccentric decor and fine views. He lived here for 14 years from 1856.
The bay toward the south of the island in St. Marten parish is a popular summer haunt and the starting point for a beautiful cliff walk along the south coast. You can discover WW2 monuments, castles, wonderful views and many lovely coves to explore. At the end of the walk near Petit Bot is the unique German Occupation Museum, which marks the dark period of WW2 for the island.
For extra info go to: www.ghata.com
Situated on the west coast of the island at Fort Grey. The round fort, with its white Martello tower (Known as the Cup and Saucer), is in a great position on a promontory looking out to the sea, rocks and the many shipwrecks depicted in the museum. Rocquaine Bay is the burial ground of over 100 ships and many artifacts are on display here.
Go to: www.museum.guernsey.net
Situated in the islands largest parish of Castel on the northern coastline, you will find this attraction near the village of Kings Mills. Tomato growing has long been a leading industry on Guernsey and this exhibit tells their story and how to grow them under greenhouses. You will now be qualified to bore your dinner guests with amazing tomato knowledge.
This excellent outlet for Guernseys craftsmen is located in the St. Sampson Parish in what were once brickworks. The main items for sale are hand blown glass and lovingly made pottery. You have a chance to see the glassblowers at work and the quality goods on display are tempting. Dont miss the chance to take in the Guernsey Candles just down the road.
Visit the website www.ghata.com/oatlands
Located in Sausmarez Park off Cobo Road in the parish of Castel. The local National Trust set up this fascinating museum. It is a history of the islands rural life and one can view different rooms in a recreated farmhouse. A short walk from the museum is the tiny Telephone Museum, but check this out with the tourist office first.
For details go to www.museum.guernsey.net
There is a great view of the islands north coast from here. Many of the islands tax exiles dock the yacht at this marina and toddle along here for lunch. Fresh seafood, first class service. Lovely location and modest prices combine to make this a fine dining experience.
For more details go to www.premiermarinas.com
Located in the parish of St. Martins near the beautiful cliff walks. The hotel boasts a modern health centre including a heated pool and sauna, An olde English pub with pub grub, Coffee shop for a light meal and cuppa.
There is entertainment provided most nights for adults and children.
For details view www.carlton.adairbungalows.co.uk
Sausmarez Manor - Tourist Attraction
There is a varied selection of activities at the Manor including a Subtropical Garden with Art Park, Dolls House Collection, pitch and putt as well as the Manor itself. The Manor has been in the Sausmarez family for nearly 800 years. Why not learn more with a tour of the Manor with knowledgeable guides. The Manor is open all year although some areas are seasonal opening only.
Chouet Tea-Room - Tourist Attraction
This delightful Tea-Room overlooks Ladies Bay and is absolutely beautiful. The cakes are wonderful, lots of special treat including "Special Dietary Needs" offerings. The Lunches are the best in the Island and not too expensive. Afternoon tea is rather special as everything is homemade on the premises. Lots of smiles and laughter, don't miss it!
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