What to do in Guernsey for a Day
Known for its beautiful beaches, warm people and rich cultural heritage, Guernsey has quickly become the ultimate stop in the Channel Islands so we have compiled a list of all must-sees for your day on the island!
What to do in St Peter Port?
In the heart of Guernsey, St. Peter Port, you can start your day with a visit to the Castle Cornet. You can take a guided tour of this 800-year old castle at 10:30 am and enjoy its five different museums as well as different daily attractions. Also, don’t miss the firing of the noon-day gun by scarlet clad gunners – tradition dating back to the early 19th century, and kept ever since!
The Candie Gardens have a spectacular Victorian flower garden dating back to the late 19th century. You can enjoy a walk there and discover plants from all over the world, and if you feel brave enough, do not hesitate to climb to the top of Victoria Tower for stunning views of St. Peter Port and neighbouring islands – the key to the tower can be collected from the Guernsey Museum in Candie Gardens.
German Occupation Museums:
German occupation is very much part of Guernsey’s history, as it lasted for most of the Second World War. You will be able to find a couple of museums in Guernsey that depict the local life of islanders during the German Occupation, amongst them two are located in St. Peter Port:
– La Vallette Underground Military Museum: set in tunnels built by German forces, this museum offers a wide collection and exhibitions reporting on World War One and World War Two.
– German Naval Signals HQ: set in an original bunker, this was the last operational Signal HQ where all important German Forces radio signal traffic was handled.
Alternatively, you can visit Hauteville House, Victor Hugo’s former home. Exiled from France, the famous french writer resided in Guernsey for 15 years, where some of his famous work was written such as ‘Les Misérables’ or again ‘Toilers of the Sea’. The three-storey house has a unique decor and layout and is a true masterpiece in itself. It is a must-see for you in Guernsey to immerse yourself in the french writer’s world!
Where to eat in Guernsey?
Guernsey is famous for its seafood but also for its varied cuisine options – whatever your cravings are, Guernsey will deliver! We, at Fermain Valley, propose different options for lunch to simply sit, relax, enjoy good food and refuel for your afternoon activities on the island:
– Ocean Greek Eats: This greek type restaurant offers Mediterranean delicacies as well as delicious seafood to satisfy your palate.
– Búho: This mexican restaurant proposes exciting flavoured dishes to the islanders and visitors, as well as delicious and refreshing drinks.
– The Rock Garden Steakhouse: If you’re craving a delicious Argentinian fillet, this is the place for you! Only 5 minutes away from St. Peter Port, this is the ultimate lunch stop for a tasty meal accompanied by handcrafted cocktails.
– The Valley Tea Rooms: For a lighter option, you can head to this café and enjoy the views from the terrace with a delicious sandwich or a slice of homemade cake with a cup of tea.
Take a walk in the countryside
In the afternoon, you can head for a short walk by the coast, to explore the island a little bit more and admire fabulous landscapes.
The ‘Renoir Walk’ is famous for retracing the painter’s footsteps and marking different spots the artist represented in some of his paintings. This walk takes about an hour, and allows you to witness Guernsey’s beautiful nature. Alternatively, you can head to the west coast and follow Port Soif nature trail. This walk lasts about an hour as well, and takes you around Port Soif beach and a nature conservation area with vestiges of Neolithic and Bronze Age eras.
Find out about other walks around Guernsey on Guernsey’s official information centre ‘Visit Guernsey’
Shop in ‘Town’
You can choose to finish your day trip to Guernsey with a bit of shopping in ‘Town’ (St Peter Port), to bring back home some souvenirs from the island. St. Peter Port has a handful of the usual chain stores but also some more traditional independent shops where you will be able to find unique crafted products. Keep in mind that there is no VAT in Guernsey, which means that prices of goods are cheaper than in the UK!