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  • Cliff Walks and Beaches

    by KelJan Written Jan 2, 2009

    Guernsey has some great Beaches on the west coast and the north, Grandes Roques is a favourite of ours but Pembroke, Vazon and Leree and well worth visiting one beach which is different to all the others is Petite Bot, its a little cove and theres a small cafe at the bottom

    Breathtaking Cliff Path Walks on the south coast, spend a few hours on a fine day and you will see the real Guernsey.

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    Fish & Chips at Cobo Bay

    by Denet Written Nov 20, 2007

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    The legendary fish & chips at Cobo Bay is a fantastic way to end a long summers day. The sunset is spectacular and Cobo Bay is one of the most scenic beaches on the island. Recommended by locals it is definitely one of the top things to try in Guernsey.

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    LA VALETTE UNDERGROUND MILITARY MUSEUM

    by ALANinWORCS69 Updated May 7, 2007

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    A fascinating place this.... a former German second world war underground complex. It was used for storage of fuel for the German Navy U-Boats. It's not a large complex but it contains 4 tunnels (one unfinished) connected by a larger tunnel; now containing all things military associated with Guersney.
    Of particular interest are the items related to Guernseys German occupation in the Second World War. Especially interesting is the nazi documents relating to the deportation of Guernsey citizens to a German labour camp. Some real gems... When you hear about the occupation you just hear about facts and figures... here you can see peoples photographs attached alongside deportation paperwork and then stamped by Nazi chiefs... it adds a reality to the subject. Click the pic to see 4 others.
    Open March - mid November 10:00am - 5:00pm
    £4.50 adults, £1.50 Children

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    Victor Hugo's House

    by aj813 Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    Maybe it's just the literary nerd in me, but I was really excited to see Victor Hugo's house. After his exile from France, he settled in Guernsey, and his house has been turned into a small museum. It's a great chance to learn about Hugo and about French/Guernsey history. Be sure to check out the view from the upstairs windows and walk through the garden.

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    Sausmarez Manor

    by TravellingSpirit Written Jan 24, 2006

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    This Manor provided a fair few hours of interest, including a tour around the house itself, the sculpture park (see my travelogue and the website for the Monor to see pictures), feeding the ducks and eating home made ice cream. All was inexpensive and the staff were very friendly indeed.

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    Cycling

    by TravellingSpirit Written Jan 24, 2006

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    The roads around the island are relatively flat, with one hill in St Petersport, and motorists are used to cyclists so even for someone like me who is only moderately fit cycling the 23 miles around the island is quite managable. Some of the nicer beaches are at the bottom of a steep road, but it's well worth the effort to see these lovely beaches.

    Bikes can be hired at various points around the island and whilst I can't remember the exact price I know it was inexpensive.

    This was a wonderful way to spend a couple of days exploring the island.

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    SeaGuernsey2005 Flag Mast

    by Jasen71 Written Aug 7, 2005

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    SeaGuernsey’s latest monument to it naval past is located at the centre of the Weighbridge roundabout.

    You can't really miss it either as it stands at 32 metres tall.

    The replica of an 18th-century battleship mast is the centrepiece of SeaGuernsey200. The 100ft-plus structure is an 80%-scale replica of the mizzenmast of HMS Orion, which was commanded between 1775 and 1799 by Guernseyman Admiral James de Saumarez.

    The locals hate it, well most anyway! I think its quite cute with all it's bunting and flags...lol

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    Antiques and Collectables in St Peter Port

    by Jasen71 Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    If you walk up hill from the Town Church in St Peter Port you'll came across the 'Old Quarter' and a street called Mill Street. The Street hasn't changed much in a hundred or so years! and boosts a collection of antique and collectable shops as well as many different and interesting other shops to browse through. Well worth a wandering up..

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    High Street Shopping St Peter Port

    by Jasen71 Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    Guernsey has a wonderful up or down hilly High Street in it capital town of St Peter Port with many UK shops and local ones alike. The Highs street has many jewelery, perfume and clothes shops to browse through, and of course many pubs and cafes to frequent when the other half is spending and trying on new clothes....

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    German Occupation Museum

    by rexvaughan Updated Oct 22, 2004

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    The Channel Islands were the only British territory to be occupied by the Germans during WWII and this museum recounts life in Guernsey from 1940-1945. There are 7 rooms filled with equipment, weapons, band instruments, food and other everyday items from the period - all well presented. I chose the liberation poster because it illustrates again the character of Guernsey. Guernseymen are called "donkeys" by Jerseymen and they return the favor by calling Jerseymen "toads." The poster shows the Guernsey donkey kicking the Germans off the island. In viewing this I overheard a lad of maybe 7 years tell his dad, "See it is not bad to be a donkey. He kicked the Nazis off our island!" The museum has abut 7 small rooms - all filled with well preserved weapons and uniforms, everyday items from life at that time, a wartime kitchen, etc. All is well presented and interesting.

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    Guernsey Tapestry

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 22, 2004

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    The citizens of Guernsey's millinium project was a 10-panel "tapestry" illustrating 10 centuries of local history. Technically, it is an embroidery rather than a tapestry, but quite lovely and thorough in its portrayal of local history. Each parish on the island was responsible for one panel and one century and there was very wide participation. We bought 10 postcards with the panels and the picture is the 20th Century one done by the citizens of the parish of St. Peter Port. It shows the Guernsey flag top center and honors agriculture, finance and tourism as major local industries. The tapestry is well presented in its own small museum with audio explanations of each panel. Well worth a visit and the 3.50 GBP cost. It is a source of local pride. When I asked the young lady at the ticket desk if it was as good as the Bayeau Tapestry, she replied with a smile, "It is better."

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    Candie Gardens

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 19, 2004

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    This is St. Peter Port's best floral attraction and is a lovely haven in the midst of town. The garden originally was the front garden of a 1790's house owned by a local merchant and was later given to the island with the home which now houses the local library. The garden comprises two levels and includes a large lawn overlooking the bay. There are statues of both Queen Victoria and Victor Hugo who lived and wrote on the island. His statue is inscribed with the dedication of his novel, "The Toilers of the Sea" - "To the rock of hospitality and liberty, to his corner of ancient Norman soil, where live the noble little people of the sea, to the island of Guernsey, stern and gentle."

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    Guernsey Museum

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 19, 2004

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    This is a small but excellent museum. It opened in 1977 and in 1979 was chosen as the British "Museum of the Year." Its main collection relates to the Story of Guernsey and has a nice collection of artifacts and models from the iron age onward. It also has special exhibits and when we were there, they had original charters by many British monarchs which all relate to Guernsey's independence and strong ties with the monarchy. In the photo is the "Guernsey 1204-2004 Sculpture Tree" done as part of the 800 year celebration. It was done by 100 local school children aged 5-10 years and is a wonderful depiction of historical events, Guernsey industry and everyday life through the ages. The sculpture tree sits near the tea room overlooking Candie Gardens just outside the museum.

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    The Little Chapel

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 18, 2004

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    This is a beautiful and incredible work of basically one man. Deodat, a monk associated with Les Vauxbelets college adjacent to the chapel, built it in 1914, modelling it after the grotto in the Church of Lourdes. Actually the one you see is his third effort. The first (in 1914) was criticised so he demolished it. In 1914 he built a second which lasted until 1923 when the Bishop of Portsmouth visited but could not get through the doorway. Deodat then demolished the second chapel. He immediately began the present chapel and worked on it until 1939 when he retired. A fellow monk, Brother Cephas, continued the decoration for another 25 years.

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    Castle Cornet

    by rexvaughan Written Oct 18, 2004

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    This Royal fortress has stood guard over St. Peter Port and its harbor for 8 centuries. It is such a fortification that it withstood 8 or 9 years of siege during the English Civil War. Guernsey's governor at the time (a devout Royalist) retreated to the castle in defiance of the rest of the island which took Parliament's side. The castle sits on an islet now connected by a breakwater about 1 km from the main town. It is in amazingly good condition and close to the northern end of the upper barracks sits the largest cannon in the castle, a 32 pounder which is ceremoniously fired each day at high noon. This firing is featured in the photo. We did not venture into them, but within the castle are the Armoury, the Military Museum, the Maritime Museum and the RAF museum which contain much about the history of Castle Cornet and St. Peter Port.

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