More About the Channel Islands
The Channel Islands have a unique culture and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. Famed for their warm beaches and pretty landscapes, the Channel Islands are a churn of British and European cultures. The major islands are Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. With the exception of Jersey all of the islands fall into the Bailiwick of Guernsey. All of the inhabited islands, and some of the uninhabited ones, are brimming with local character and fascinating scenery. You can pan for gold or visit the “Glass Church” on Jersey, watch puffins and stroll along the deserted beaches on Alderney, tour the Diamond Museum or see the fortifications and ancient burial grounds of L’Ancresse Common on Guernsey, or adventure onto the razor edged precipices of La Coupee on Sark. Choose cottages for your Channel Islands holiday as they are the perfect base for exploring this charming archipelago.
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The tiny Channel Islands archipelago off the French coast offer a little piece of continental Europe on British soil, with their unique fusion of Anglo-French culture found everywhere from the cuisine to the street names. The islands’ beautiful scenery and warm weather make it the perfect setting for sightseeing, sports and other outdoor activities. Because of their strategic location in the English Channel, the islands’ also have a rich military history and the landscape is littered with the remains of defences and other facilities from World War Two. The towns, meanwhile, are full of life, with cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas all jostling for your attention.
Things to Do in the Channel Islands
The archipelago are made up of a dozen or so inhabited and uninhabited islands, with Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney the biggest and most populated. The landscape of each is characterised by sandy bays, rolling valleys and rugged cliffs surrounded by pristine ocean. The best way to explore is on one of the many boat tours and then explore the countryside by bicycle. Stop off at some of the beaches along the south coast of Jersey and Guernsey for a spot of sunbathing; Beauport and Vazon Bay are favourites among locals and tourists. Throughout the archipelago there are impressive military landmarks. Some, like the large Norman island castle of Cornet date back to as early as the 13th Century, while others such as Elizabeth Castle were constructed in the 17th Century. By far the most interesting period in the islands’ history is the five-year German occupation during WWII. The best place to learn about this is the Jersey War Tunnels museum or Guernsey’s German Occupation Museum.
Channel Islands Attractions
We want you to enjoy the best that the Channel Islands have to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Lager Sylt concentration camp
The Nazis built four concentration camps on Alderney during the occupation. The camps housed some 6,000 inmates, many of whom were subjected to unspeakable atrocities at the hands of their captors. Little is left of the camps now as they were destroyed by the Nazis at the end of the war and have been neglected since. At the largest, 'Lager Sylt', the entrance, some tunnels and buildings still remain.
Jersey's Living Legend Village
Ideal for an action packed family day out, Jersey's Living Legend Village offers nine acres of activities. You can choose from adventure golf, go-karting and an adventure play area, on top of live entertainment and attractions all in one location. The village is open 7 days per week April to October and 5 days a week March and November.
Little Chapel - Guernsey
Possibly the smallest chapel in the world, the aptly-named Little Chapel is a popular tourist attraction on Guernsey. Built in the early 20th Century by Brother Deodat, it was created as a miniature version of the famous basilica at Lourdes in France. The chapel is ornately decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china. Well worth a visit!
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