Weekend Breaks to Jersey
Planning a short break to Jersey? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Jersey. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Jersey. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Jersey on a Short Break
Wonderfully situated on an Island (Becomes an island at high tide) at St. Helier harbour. The fortification was constructed in the 17th century. There is much of interest here, for instance the castles 400-year old history. There is a Military Museum on site to learn more.
At high tide the castle looks stunning (Especially floodlit at night), Rising out from the calm sea like a turreted island.
For more information visit - www.aboutbritain.com/elizabethcastle
The one place in the heart of St. Helier where you can escape the bustle of the surrounding streets. Jerseys parliament is located here and when in session is open to the public. The St. Heliers Church dates back to 1341 and is worth a glimpse. The tranquil squares colorful history can be discovered in the Jersey Museum.
For more info visit: www.jersey.com
Near the Royal Square on Pier Road you will discover the Jersey Museum located in a imposing four storey house. Recreated rooms depict life in Jerseys past, including the 12 man treadmill from Newgate prison and Maritime history. Lillie Langtry the London socialite was born here and has a room devoted to her life.
The website is www.jersey.com
The Shell Garden in Jersey is a beautiful garden created out of millions of locally collected mollusk shells. The shells are used to built churches, house, and other buildings, as well as lining steps and walls. It has become one of Jerseys most unique and popular tourist attractions, with tens of thousands of people coming every year.
The central shopping street in Jersey is in the pedestrianised centre of St. Helier. King Street and the surrounding streets are a delight for the shopper and in its traditional shops many tax-free bargains can be had. Nearby at Beresford Street is the Central Market, An ornate iron Victorian structure dedicated to fresh fruit, flowers and vegetables. Close by is Beresford market the place for fresh seafood.
This extremely impressive castle towers over the fishing village of Gorey guarding the east coast of the island. Dating back to 1204 King John commissioned the castle as an invincible defense from French attacks. A long and eventful history can be investigated here and the views of the coast from the peak are magnificent. The castle is dramatically floodlit at night.
For information: www.montorgueil.org
You will find this fine zoo founded by Gerald Durrel in Trinity Parish. This is a serious undertaking; so dont expect the usual commercialized zoo antics. This is well laid out, spacious and features a good variety of animals and dedicated to preserving endangered species. A visit here will delight young and old and even the ones in the middle.
For more information see www.jersey.com
The most popular beach on the north coast in the parish of St. Ouen attracts hosts of sun seekers in the summer. Even if the sun fails to shine you will find a number of interesting places in the area including, a 14th century restored mill that is used as a restaurant, an old military barracks and even a small casino.
View details at www.jersey.com
This fine museum complex in St. Peters village kills two birds with one stone. In the motor museum, Military vehicles take pride of place, also a good collection of the old classics complete with the original price tags for interest.
The Occupation Museum is 6 small rooms chock full of WW2 memorabilia when the enemy conquered the island.
For information visit www.atlantikwall.net/museums
aMaizin! Maze and Adventure Park - Tourist Attraction
By far the most popular family attraction in Jersey. Great value - average stay is over five hours and the kids love it!
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