Heritage

Candie Gardens
Inside Hauteville House
Belvoir Bay

Discover Guernsey’s wonderfully rich heritage and unique 6,000 years of history in just a couple of days! From Neolithic remains to Second World War sites, the Channel Island of Guernsey is a treasure trove for visitors who love heritage.

Visit during April and May and get involved with the island’s annual Heritage Festival, where coastal castles are brought to life, doors are opened on wartime bunkers and historic towers. Each year, the island also remembers and celebrates freedom from German occupation on 9th May.

Day 1

Morning

Proudly guarding the entrance to the Island’s capital St Peter Port, visit Castle Cornet.

Don’t miss the guided tour at 10.30am and the Noon Day Gun which is fired daily by soldiers in 19th century costume.

For lunch, dine in the refectory at the castle or treat yourself to some delicious seafood with a visit to one of St Peter Port’s bustling restaurants and bistros.

 

Afternoon

After perusing the many boutiques head to College Street to visit the Guernsey Tapestry, housed at St James Concert and Assembly Hall.

Then wonder up to the beautiful Candie Gardens and enjoy the view across St Peter Port, situated in the grounds designed around the old Victorian bandstand is the Guernsey Museum. Enjoy afternoon tea in the museum’s Café Victoria.

 

Finally, if time allows, make your way back through St Peter Port to visit the extraordinary Hauteville House, Victor Hugo’s home-in-exile. Located at 38 Hauteville and decorated in an eccentric style, it really is a must see! (Pre booking of tours is advised, open April-September).

 

Day 2

Morning

Prepare a packed lunch and remember a picnic blanket before you set off to explore the North of the Island.

Head to L’Ancresse Common to discover Neolithic burial chamber Les Fouaillages.

Further along L’Ancresse common you will find La Varde, the largest megalithic structure in Guernsey.

Then head across the beautiful common land laced with wildflowers to Fort Le Marchant, on Fontenelle Bay and on to Fort Doyle.  On route there are many quirky beach kiosks where you can enjoy a lunch of crab sandwiches, Guernsey gâche and deliciously creamy Guernsey Ice cream.

 

Afternoon

Continue north to Pembroke Bay and view the distinctive eighteenth century coastal towers. Set at intervals around L’Ancresse and Pembroke Bays, they were built to provide interlocking fire against mass landings of Napoleon’s troops. Take time to relax on Pembroke Bay, where you can cool off with a swim and have a chance to sun bathe.

Afterwards make your way to Bordeaux Harbour, nestled on the North coast, overseen to the south by the medieval Vale Castle.

This fishing bay is a popular haunt for those stopping off for afternoon tea and a perfect spot for people watching! Enjoy your picnic whilst taking in the view towards Herm Island.