Guernsey may be small, but it’s full of places to visit, whether it’s ancient castles you want to explore, view works of art in a gallery, visit the home of a celebrated author, uncover fascinating history or leisurely stroll delightful gardens.
Castle Cornet: This 800 year old castle stands at the mouth of St Peter Port harbour and offers a fascinating insight into island history. The story of the castle and aspects of Guernsey’s past can be found in the Castle’s five museums, while you’ll also find four historic and lovingly tended gardens. A guided tour begins at 10.30 every morning and the noon day gun is fired daily by soldiers in 19th century costume – a must-see for any visitors.
Candie Gardens: Once part of a private estate, the award-winning restored Victorian Candie Gardens are a rare example of a late 19th century public flower garden. Home to the oldest known heated glasshouses in the British Isles, the gardens also feature a museum, art gallery, a café housed in a bandstand as well as beautiful flowers, lawns and fishponds.
Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery: A range of permanent and temporary exhibitions are on view at the museum, along with 200 works of art within the Art Gallery.
Hauteville House: The eclectic home of the famous French writer Victor Hugo, who spent 14 years here in exile from France. Online booking in advance is required for all visitors.
Little Chapel: A work of art and labour of love built by Brother Deodat, who set out to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France. Decorated in shells and pottery it is possibly the smallest church in the world.
German Military Underground Hospital & German Occupation Museum: The hospital building has altered little since the end of World War II and is a very moving experience, whilst the museum has the best-preserved collection of memorabilia from the Nazi occupation of WW2.
Oatlands Village: Home to a variety of unique attractions bringing together local crafts, gift shops, eateries and activities for all the family.
Sausmarez Manor: Home to the Sausmarez family for just over 800 years, the manor is a time capsule of their history with architecture, artifacts and art on show. House tours are available seasonally while the grounds boast a subtropical garden, sculpture park, pitch and putt golf and a miniature railway.
Fort Grey & Shipwreck Museum: Known locally as the “Cup and Saucer”, Fort Grey is a Martello Tower built in 1804 to defend Guernsey’s west coast. Many vessels have come to grief on this beautiful but treacherous coast and the Martello Tower now houses the Shipwreck Museum with a surprising variety of objects recovered from the wrecks.
Les Cotils Gardens: 12 acres of award-winning grounds which benefit from beautiful colour from spring through to autumn. A number of benches are dotted around to allow time to sit and relax, absorb the restfulness of the lovely gardens, along with the stunning views across St Peter Port and Herm.
Rousse Tower: This fully restored and accessible loop-holed tower dates from the 19th century and has been wonderfully maintained. Complete with replica cannons, it’s a great place to stop off along a walk around Rousse headland.