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Guernsey

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LocationGuernsey.png
Capital Saint Peter Port
Currency pound sterling (GBP)
Guernsey pound (GGP)
Population 65.3 thousand (2012)
Country code +44
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time
Emergencies 112
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Guernsey (French: Guernesey, Guernesiais: Guernési, Sercquiais: Gyernëzi) is a group of islands in the English Channel, part of the Channel Islands.

Islands, towns and parishes[edit]

  • Guernsey Island - smaller than Jersey and pretty, with a smaller town but less open countryside than Jersey.
  • Alderney - highest number of pubs per head of population in the Islands, and with a lot of accessible open countryside. A centre for e-gambling.
  • Sark - the last feudal society in Europe.
  • Herm - a tiny, lovely island off Guernsey where Guernsey people go for a day out.
  • Jethou a tiny island off Guernsey with a handful of houses on it.
  • Lihou - a tiny island off Guernsey reachable by a tidal causeway where there are interesting monastic ruins.
  • Burhou - a tiny island off Alderney. A bird sanctuary where the former farmer's cottage can be rented from the Alderney Government.
  • Brecquou - a privately owned island owned by two brothers (the Barclays) who are reclusive billionaires.
  • Les Casquettes ("The Caskets") - small group of rocky islets formerly inhabited by a lighthouse keeper, now uninhabited and the site of an automatic light.
The islands of Guernsey

Understand[edit]

The islands of Guernsey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Duchy of Normandy, which held sway in both France and England. The islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops during World War II.

Get in[edit]

Guernsey can only be reached by plane or boat.

By plane[edit]

1 Guernsey Airport (IATA: GCI) has flights to:

Flybe link Guernsey to 22 destinations including Scotland (Aberdeen#, Edinburgh, Glasgow# and Inverness#), Ireland (Belfast and Dublin#), England (Birmingham, Exeter, Leeds/Bradford#, London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle#, Norwich and Southampton), Switzerland (Geneva#), Germany (Dusseldorf, Frankfurt#), France (Chambery# (winter only) and Paris CDG#), Netherlands (Amsterdam#), Spain (Malaga#), Isle of Man# and Jersey. (# – need to change planes)

Aurigny link Guernsey to similar destinations to FlyBe, but can sometimes be used as a cheaper alternative; destinations include: Gatwick, Stansted, East Midlands, Southampton, Bristol, Dinard, Grenoble, Alderney, Jersey and Manchester.

BlueIslands are the 3rd airline who operate year-round Guernsey services to and from Alderney, Geneva, Isle of Man, Jersey, Southampton and Zurich.

By boat[edit]

Ferries run from St Peter Port to the UK, France and other Channel Islands. There is a conventional ferry year round from Portsmouth, and high speed catamarans from Weymouth and Poole in the summer with a less frequent service in the winter. The conventional ferry runs in all weather, the catamarans can be delayed or cancelled by high seas.

  • The UK - Portsmouth, Poole, Weymouth
  • France - St Malo (year round), Dielette (summer only), Granville (summer only, infrequent)
  • Jersey
  • Sark
  • Herm

The two ferry operators between the Channel Islands and the UK/France are Condor Ferries and Manche-îles Express.

Get around[edit]

There are no trains on the island; roads are small but not busy. The island is 6 miles long x 3 miles wide, so a bicycle is a good way to get around. Alternatively there are hire cars available, taxis and a frequent bus service during the day.

The other Channel Islands can all be reached by ferry from St Peter Port. Jersey and Alderney can also be reached by plane.

Talk[edit]

Overwhelmingly English is spoken, but Norman-French Guernesais is taught in schools in a bid to preserve it.

See[edit]

Castle Cornet

Do[edit]

  • German Occupation Museum, Les Houards Forest GY8 0BG, +44 1481 238205. Concerns the occupation of Guernsey by German forces during World War II. About one kilometer from airport.

Buy[edit]

Economy[edit]

Financial services - banking, fund management, insurance, etc. - account for about 55% of total income in this Channel Island economy. Tourism, manufacturing, and horticulture, mainly tomatoes and cut flowers, have been declining. The evolving economic integration of the EU nations is changing the rules of the game under which Guernsey operates.

Guernsey Pound on parity with British pound (GBP); Notes from England, Scotland, Jersey and the Isle of Man are also accepted in Guernsey. Note - Guernsey pounds are not accepted in the UK and should be changed for UK pounds before leaving the islands although they can be paid in over the counter at British banks. ATMs generally describe which currency is being dispensed - 'Local' or 'Sterling'.

Eat[edit]

Most international cuisines are represented with, not surprisingly, fresh local seafood taking centre stage. For nice views and good food head for L'Auberge de Jerbourg, La Fregate, La Nautique, Pier 17, Sawatdi (Thai) or Mora's. The Crow's nest has good views but is overpriced. Le Petit Bistro and L'escalier for French and Da Nello's for Italian.

Summer in Guernsey is all about al fresco dining, with long cliff top lunches and leisurely gatherings at old farmhouse restaurants. One of the locals’ best-kept secrets is fresh fish and chips and chilled local cider on the wall outside the Rockmount Cafe at Cobo Bay, the locals' favourite for sun set. Crabby Jack's is another good sunset location on the west coast; caters for families and large groups and around 11pm the dance floor fills up for some old fashioned rocking to all time favourites (NB not for a romantic meal a deux!).

Guernsey’s beach kiosks are a gastronomic odyssey in their own right. The Fermain Beach Cafe started life as a kiosk and evolved into a bistro-cafe specialising in seafood. You can work up an appetite (or work off lunch) with a stunning clifftop walk and then sit down to local crab sandwich, scallops with bacon or locally caught monkfish or sea bass with a view of Guernsey's prettiest bay. In summer, you'll need to book two weeks in advance tel 01481 238636. For a wooden basket of traditional cream tea (to take to the beach) head for the kiosk in Saint's Bay or Portelet Bay (the latter more accessible for wheelchair users).

Picnics are also popular. For the ultimate spontaneity, pack fresh French bread and cheese, local tomatoes and paté and a bottle of wine and head for the cliffs. There’s a view from a bay or winding path that really is yours alone. Alternatively check the diary of castle Cornet http://www.museum.guernsey.net/outdoor_theatre.htm for outdoor theatre or, in summer, live music on Friday nights (usually free). Come early and eat your picnic on the top lawns of the castle, descent with your bottle of wine to watch outdoor theatre or life music in a great medieval setting. (NB dress warm!)

Breakfast: Bacon butties from Nelia's Bakery, Continental style breakfast at Victor Hugo's, fry ups at White Rock cafe, Halfway Cafe or Half Moon cafe.

Guernsey cream teas: The OGH hotel is an excellent location for wintertime cream teas. The Victoria Cafe in Candy gardens has excellent views (but you mustn't be in a hurry). Cobo tea room on the west coast has excellent home made cakes. Or sample a piece of coffee cake from the kiosk at Port Soif; no real indoor space there but a lovely sheltered garden to hang out in.

Drink[edit]

There are lots of pubs to be visited all over the island, in St Peter Port the pubs are easy to find and are mostly along the waterfront. Laska's has an enormous list of cocktails and is a popular spot. Start here and work your way north along the waterfront, ending at the taxi rank.

Sleep[edit]

Learn[edit]

There are plenty of opportunities to learn in Guernsey with everything from ceramics to surfing on offer. If you, or your child, want to try something creative while visiting there is a good gallery with art workshops in the older area of town. The Gallery (www.thegallery.gg) is at the top of a cobbled hill (Mill Street) which goes up from the old markets. There you can sign up for pottery, mosaic, painting and photography workshops. There are also plenty of fun and unusual things on offer for children.

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