Continental Culture Without The Language Hassles
Too Far Away For A Simple Day Trip
Definitely One Of The More Civilized Bits Of The UK!
Whilst it may not have the fairytale grandeur of other European castles the ruggedly utilitarian Castle Cornet nevertheless has an interesting and varied 700 year history, having been variously involved in the wars against France, the English Civil War and finally the WW2 German occupation of the Channel Islands. After WW2 King George VI gifted the...more
For an interesting cafe/restaurant with great views over the harbour and out to the islands of Sark and Alderney the Terrace Garden Cafe is the prime spot.This is a proper continental-style cafe where you are as welcome to sit with a coffee (or a beer) as you are to try the delish-looking Thai food which forms the basis of the restaurant menu....more
In was only on the island for less than 24 hours and so can't comment on every pub but I did like the Thomas de la Rue. On the UK mainland this would be an unatmospheric town centre circuit pub with louder than loud chavs and yuppies competing for dominance.Here though, despite having the same sort of fixtures and fittings and the same sort of...more
Guernsey does have its own brewery, although not every pub sells it. Pop into the Randalls brewery in St Julian's Avenue, although I believe the brewery is on the move to the seafront soon.The tour is very informal but very informative - and of course there is a shop at the end to try out the wares. We made a point of trying to visit only the pubs...more
Hire a bike from one of the St Peterport hire shops and explore the island. Guernsey has used up a lot of its land for agriculture of some sort, and left it not very interesting to be honest. However the west coast is lovely and south of St Peterport is still untouched by the invasion of greenhouses.There is a book you can buy apparantely from...more
St Peter Port, GY1 1BA, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
St. Ann's Place, St Peter Port, GY1 2NU, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
Cambridge Park, St Peter Port, GY1 1UY, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
This is a classic French bistro. If you didn't know that you were in a "British Crown Dependency" this is exactly the sort of place you'd expect to find on an upmarket Parisienne backstreet, or, equally, somwhere off a dusty farm track a kilometre or two inland from one of the Brittany fishing harbours.Le Petit B ticks all the cliche boxes but does...more
Most tourist attractions have cafeterias which serve so-so food and here's no different but with the exception that you get unbeatable views. The outside tables are on the seaward wall looking out beyond the lighthouse, the cruise ships at dock and with the Island of Sark in the background.The menu is quite simple - a range of salads, sandwiches,...more
L'Escalier is an outstanding Guernsey restaurant that I will keep going back to. The menu can be described as innovative and the ingredients are of the highest quality. Besides the standard menu there is also the L'Escalier tasting menu (from 7 to 12 courses). There is a well priced four course set menu available to early diners. The service is...more
Guernsey has an excellent bus network with regular, and reasonably-priced, services covering the whole island. During the day, certainly in summer, most routes run with a frequency of at least 3 buses an hour and there are a variety of ticket options available including an all-day pass.The bus depot is situated in St Peter Port, a few hundred yards...more
The main ferry operator between St Peter Port and the UK is the Condor Ferries company. They offer regular fast ferries to and from Weymouth and Poole and a daily conventional ferry service to and from Portsmouth.Ferries from Weymouth take just over two hours whilst those from Poole about three. For those in less of a hurry the Portsmouth to...more
if you are lucky enough to be self-catering here on Guernsey it's an absolute must to partake of the local fish and shellfish and of course the plaice (HeHe) to get it is down at the docks where it's all landed.Seafresh is quite a new company who about a year ago took over the former depot of the local fisherman's co-operative and now run both a...more
St Peter Port's pedestrianised High Street is its main shopping area with its cobbled street running behind, and parallel to, The Quay and North Esplanade. Here you'll find a mix of familiar (UK familiar that is) chain stores side by side with many smaller individual establishments. There's the practical places such as branches of most major banks...more
Visit one of the large nurserys to see the freesias in production. Of course they are not actually in bloom as the whole point is to get them to the customer just not opened. Send a bunch whilst you are there as they are not as expensive as you might think, and the quality is excellent. My friend loved hers and said they lasted for ages and the...more
This is really just an excuse to use this pic but it isn't entirely gratuitous. This is one of the displays from the Castle Cornet History Museum with some examples of the period pottery used around the 18th-19th centuries.What's interesting (well to me anyway) is that the French contributions are the cooking pots and the serving dishes whilst the...more
Not being a boatie I don't know what the system is regarding "Customs" (Duanes) procedures elsewhere in the world but here for visiting sailors it seems to be just a matter of filling in the forms and putting them in this box.I would assume there are spot checks on arriving craft but otherwise there didn't seem to be much oficialdom around the...more
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The States of Guernsey are not part of the EU and so the UK Government severly restricts what is allowable to be imported from here into the UK before taxes have to be paid.Here's the official website's info regarding MAX allowances - take special note of the "or" parts:"Tobacco:200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of...more
Whist the States of Guersney are a "British Crown Dependency" they seem to have fallen out with the UK regarding reciprocal medical treatment and so UK visitors are strongly advised to have up-to-date travel insurance which includes medical cover.Here's the official info from the Bailiff's office:"Healthcare in Guernsey is provided by the Health...more
Take a bus round to the south west corner of the island. Here you will find the little island of Lihou which is only connected to Guernsey when the tides are right and the causeway appears.
Its fun to pick your way over the causeway and explore the island which has only one building on it. It was used for target practise by the germans during the occupation. The house has been repaired now and is in use.
Check the times and make sure you head back before the tide comes in or you will be stuck for the night.
For the best views of the town, its harbours, commercial docks, the other islands and the local shoreline to the south you need to visit Castle Cornet (see my "Things to Do" Tip). The castle walls, towers and gun emplacements offer a variety of panoramic views and even a few slightly unusual ones.More pics on travelogues to follow.more
Guernsey differs slightly from the UK in some of its driving laws, particularly the maximum speed limit which is 35 mph on main roads and 25 mph within the towns. There are a few other rules specific to the Islands and you can access the local government's website regarding these by clicking HEREmore
This is one of the most useful tourist information centres I've ever come across. The range of freebie maps and leaflets pretty much preclude having to purchase anything. There's the general map of the island which is complete with all the main attractions highlighted along with all the roadways and the bus routes. There's a walker's map with all...more