One of the larger Channel Islands, the beautiful gem of Guernsey is a stunning visit. There are a bunch of the best things to do in Guernsey strewn all over the island; with sandy coves, historic castles and delicious places to eat making it perfect for a long weekend trip!
It is easy to reach by boat or flight, it is amazing to visit if you want a quieter and completely beautiful journey. Plus, you can easily combine this with a sightseeing trip the best places in Jersey, also!
Oh, and don’t forget those few degrees of heat … You see, Guernsey is one of the southernmost places in the British Isles, so it benefits from nicer temperatures. It’s great.
Check out the best things you can do in Guernsey on your next trip below. Have a nice time on the island.
1.) Castle Cornet
Located right on the tidal island (now connected to St. Peter, Guernsey’s Castle Cornet it is one of the most famous castles on the island.
Over the centuries, The castle is full of battles, occupations and sieges from all sides! Sometimes French troops and soldiers attacked the castle, in some cases successfully overtaking it. Suffice it to say, Castle Cornet had an exciting past to explore while it was at Guernsey.
Give yourself an hour to cuddle around before you explore more of St. Peter’s.
Then head towards Victor Hugo House Museum where you can find out here all about the exiled French writer and his former home.
Do you feel pecked? Head a little rough The Catch. They serve delicious seafood dishes caught right on the shore.
2.) Vale Castle
Not far from St. Sampson, Vale Castle has a history dating back centuries.
It’s worth a visit when exploring the northeast of the island, it’s one of the best things to do in Guernsey to visit Dehus Dolmen.
For a nice dinner, book a table at Nautical who prides himself on serving the best seafood on the island. Their Herm oysters and monkfish are so delicious.
It’s easy to come by over the boat (from the port of St. Peter), Sark is a smaller but still beautiful part of Bailiwick in Guernsey.
When you get here, take the trails around the coast, and especially on Coupe. It is such a unique place for some amazing views. Oh, and don’t forget to see Sarkhenge and the beautiful Dixcart Bay.
And not only that, Sark is the first island of dark sky in the world! This makes it the perfect place for stellar views and a must for any budding astronomer. After sunset, you can enjoy a blanket of darkness, devoid of any light pollution caused by street lights, cars or lamps. It’s amazing.
Just make sure you stay overnight and increase your chances of seeing some shooting stars! It would be hard for you not to visit.
4.) Plainmont Point
Pleinmont Point played a vital role in the occupation of Guernsey from World War II.
You see, from 1940-45, German troops used Pleinmont Tower, at the top of Pleinmont Point, as a place from which the artillery of the island could be monitored while fighting British aircraft. In fact, inside the Tower itself is an artillery cannon set up just as it would have been a few decades ago.
Today, it’s one of the best things to do in Guernsey if you want to catch a sunset. And not only that, you are even intact Portelet Beach a little below, too.
5.) Guernsey towers with loopholes
There are about 12 towers with loopholes, which are scattered throughout Guernsey as a way to protect the island from the French in the 1700s. Today you can still spot them around the island and they are quite impressive to see.
Be sure to walk the paths and notice; L’Ancresse Loophole Tower, Petit Bôt Tower and Fermain Tower (in which you can now stay).
6.) House Hauteville (House Victor Hugo)
Mentioned shortly before, the Hauteville house was once home to the cult writer Victor Hugo. Inside you will learn more about literary genius and how he once lived.
The house, designed by the author Les Miserable himself, is covered with personally significant symbolism and souvenirs, which is easily one of the best museums on the island.
When you get here, you’ll also learn more about why Hugo left France to live in Guernsey; and how he became such a prolific writer.
Do you feel pecked? Take the table for Octopus. known for its starry views as well as for its dishes, it is a totally great place to fill. Whether you’re in the mood for oysters, lobster, shellfish, fish or any other seafood dish and you won’t be disappointed.
7.) Port of St. Peter
The port of Saint Peter with its cobbled streets and narrow streets is the charming little capital of Guernsey. With a bunch of things to do. Crowds of museums, including the ones I already mentioned, will fill up all day (if not longer). So, plan your trip wisely and choose the type of place you want to see the most.
Remember, you also got; island museum and art gallery, lovely maritime museum and Candie Gardens.
A walk through the harbor, passing by its historic sites, like the Liberation Monument, is the perfect way to spend the morning before you hop on a boat to Sark.
Then head to Debela RascaAnd for their menu with fresh fish (and chorizo hash). Yum.
Oh, and keep your ears on the ground at noon to hear the cannon fire in Castle Cornet!
8.) German Occupation Museum
Guernsey has a long history dating back thousands of years, but there are also a bunch of recent histories worth learning about. You see, Guernsey has a significant past compared to World War II because it was occupied by the Nazis during World War II.
Opened many decades ago, German Museum of Occupation is one of the best things about Guernsey if you want to know more about the events that took place during the occupation and Liberation Day.
Inside you will also find collections of items from the Second World War that are worth seeing before jumping on the flight home. You see, it’s right next to the airport.
9.) Victoria Tower
Located in the port of St. Peter, the Victoria Tower was erected in 1846 after the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to the island, the first time the monarch had set foot on Guernsey. In 1859, the royal couple visited Guernsey again and personally inspected Victoria Tower. Victoria Tower is one of the most significant monuments in Guernsey and is worth a visit when visiting the island.
After that drive 15 minutes to Dehus Dolmen which dates back to the Neolithic. One such place is Le Dehus Dolmen. Perfectly preserved, the Le Dehus Dolmen Pass gives you an insight into the endless human history of Guernsey.
A striking image of a bearded man, said to be the guardian of Le Dehus, created more than 4,000 years ago, is painted on the wall. Not something to miss at Guernsey!
10.) Small chapel
The A small chapel, also known as the Guernsey Sphinx, is an intricately designed church decorated with shells, gravel and broken pieces of plates which is too sweet to miss.
Located in the valley of Les Vauxbelets, this small secluded chapel was built within the summer of 1914 in honor of the Virgin Mary and worth treading on when you are on the island.
Although relatively small, it is completely unique and a place you will not want to miss while driving through the interior of the island.