For a small island Guernsey really packs a punch when it comes to the number and variety of attractions it has to offer. Castles, museums, historical houses, parks and chapels are all options for your ‘to do’ list while in Guernsey.
If you like grand manor houses then try Saumarez Manor which is just a short stroll from the hotel. The house is set in beautiful gardens that feature a Sculpture Park and children’s area, and there is even a pitch and putt course. Ghost tours of the manor also run year-round for those not easily spooked!
The Little Chapel
To see a real labour of love, visit the Little Chapel built out of thousands of pieces of mosaic in 1914 that make it a real treasure. It is said to be the world’s smallest chapel…
Referred to locally as the “cup and saucer”, Fort Grey is a shipwreck museum that, like every sailor, has some great stories to tell.
Victor Hugo House
An amazingly quirky house with secret rooms and incredible views, Victor Hugo’s house in St Peter Port is a fascinating place to visit. Hugo lived in Guernsey when he was exiled from France and some of his best known works, including Les Miserables, were penned whilst he lived here. The house can be visited by guided tour only so be sure to call in advance to book your place. The house is just a 10 – 15 minute walk from the hotel.
Located in St Peter Port’s harbour, Castle Cornet has several museums including the Story of the Castle, a history of the Royal Guernsey militia, 201 Squadron museum and an excellent maritime museum featuring Guernsey’s colourful maritime history from prehistoric times to the present day. The castle is worth a visit even if you aren’t interested in the museums as it is located out to sea, accessed by a pier, and offers a great view of the neighbouring islands as well as a unique perspective of St Peter Port.
WW2 Historical attractions
For those interested in the history of World War Two, there is the German Military Underground Hospital, the Occupation Museum, St Saviour’s tunnels and a whole host of other remains that give an insight into the life and times for the people of Guernsey during this difficult period in history.
With formal gardens, large open spaces, a Victorian walled garden, an adventure playground, a duck pond and a café, Saumarez Park is a great place to spend a sunny day.
The Visitor’s Centre in St Peter Port carries a huge amount of information and is an essential port of call for anyone visiting Guernsey as well as Visit Guernsey‘s website. Tourist information can also be found in the arrivals area of Guernsey airport and at the ferry terminal.