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The Bailiwick of Guernsey (French: Guernesey, Guernesiais: Guernési, Sercquiais: Gyernëzi) is a group of islands in the English Channel, part of the Channel Islands.

Islands, towns and parishes

  • Guernsey Island - smaller than Jersey and pretty, with a smaller town but less open countryside than Jersey.
    • Saint Peter Port - capital, main port and parish
    • Saint Sampson
    • Forest
    • Vale
    • Saint Martin
    • Castel
    • Torteval
  • Alderney - highest number of pubs per head of population in the Islands, and with a lot of accessible open countryside. A centre for e-gambling.
  • Sark - the last feudal society in Europe.
  • Herm - a tiny, lovely island off Guernsey where Guernsey people go for a day out.
  • Jethou a tiny island off Guernsey with a handful of houses on it.
  • Lihou - a tiny island off Guernsey reachable by a tidal causeway where there are interesting monastic ruins.
  • Burhou - a tiny island off Alderney. A bird sanctuary where the former farmer's cottage can be rented from the Alderney Government.
  • Brecquou - a privately owned island owned by two brothers (the Barclays) who are reclusive billionaires.
  • Les Casquettes ("The Caskets") - small group of rocky islets formerly inhabited by a lighthouse keeper, now uninhabited and the site of an automatic light.


The islands of Guernsey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Duchy of Normandy, which held sway in both France and England. The islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops during World War II.

Get in

Guernsey can only be reached by plane or boat.

By plane

1 Guernsey Airport (GCI IATA) has flights to:

  • The UK - London (Gatwick and Stansted), Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Exeter. There are seasonal services to Norwich, Edinburgh and Belfast.
  • France – Dinard. There is a seasonal service to Grenoble
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Alderney
  • Netherlands – Rotterdam (April-September only)
  • Germany – Stuttgart and Dusseldorf (April-September only)

Flybe link Guernsey to 22 destinations including Scotland (Aberdeen#, Edinburgh, Glasgow# and Inverness#), Republic of Ireland (Dublin),Northern Ireland (Belfast City) England (Birmingham, Exeter, Leeds/Bradford#, London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle#, Norwich and Southampton), Switzerland (Geneva#), Germany (Dusseldorf, Frankfurt#), France (Chambery# (winter only) and Paris CDG#), Netherlands (Amsterdam#), Spain (Malaga#), Isle of Man# and Jersey. (# – need to change planes)

Aurigny link Guernsey to similar destinations to FlyBe, but can sometimes be used as a cheaper alternative; destinations include: Gatwick, Stansted, East Midlands, Southampton, Bristol, Dinard, Grenoble, Alderney, Jersey and Manchester.

BlueIslands are the 3rd airline who operate year-round Guernsey services to and from Alderney, Geneva, Isle of Man, Jersey, Southampton and Zurich.

By boat

Ferries run from St Peter Port to the UK, France and other Channel Islands. There is a conventional ferry year round from Portsmouth, and high speed catamarans from Weymouth and Poole in the summer with a less frequent service in the winter. The conventional ferry runs in all weather, the catamarans can be delayed or cancelled by high seas.

  • The UK - Portsmouth, Poole, Weymouth
  • France - St Malo (year round), Dielette (summer only), Granville (summer only, infrequent)
  • Jersey
  • Sark
  • Herm

The two ferry operators between the Channel Islands and the UK/France are Condor Ferries and Manche-îles Express.

Get around

There are no trains on the island; roads are small but not busy. The island is 6 miles long x 3 miles wide, so a bicycle is a good way to get around. Alternatively there are hire cars available, taxis and a frequent bus service during the day.

The other Channel Islands can all be reached by ferry from St Peter Port. Jersey and Alderney can also be reached by plane.


Overwhelmingly English is spoken, but Norman-French Guernesais is taught in schools in a bid to preserve it.



  • German Occupation Museum, Les Houards Forest GY8 0BG, ? +44 1481 238205. Concerns the occupation of Guernsey by German forces during World War II. About one kilometer from airport.



The Guernsey pound is on parity with British pound (GBP); notes from Jersey, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man are also accepted in Guernsey. Guernsey pounds are not accepted in the UK and should be changed for UK pounds before leaving the islands although they can be paid in over the counter at British banks. Cash machines generally describe which currency is being dispensed - 'Local' or 'Sterling'.


Financial services - banking, fund management, insurance, etc. - account for about 55% of total income in this Channel Island economy. Tourism, manufacturing, and horticulture, mainly tomatoes and cut flowers, have been declining. The evolving economic integration of the EU nations is changing the rules of the game under which Guernsey operates.


Most international cuisines are represented with, not surprisingly, fresh local seafood taking centre stage. For nice views and good food head for L'Auberge de Jerbourg, La Fregate, La Nautique, Pier 17, Sawatdi (Thai) or Mora's. The Crow's nest has good views but is overpriced. Le Petit Bistro and L'escalier for French and Da Nello's for Italian.

Summer in Guernsey is all about al fresco dining, with long cliff top lunches and leisurely gatherings at old farmhouse restaurants. One of the locals’ best-kept secrets is fresh fish and chips and chilled local cider on the wall outside the Rockmount Cafe at Cobo Bay, the locals' favourite for sun set. Crabby Jack's is another good sunset location on the west coast; caters for families and large groups and around 11pm the dance floor fills up for some old fashioned rocking to all time favourites (NB not for a romantic meal a deux!).

Guernsey’s beach kiosks are a gastronomic odyssey in their own right. The Fermain Beach Cafe started life as a kiosk and evolved into a bistro-cafe specialising in seafood. You can work up an appetite (or work off lunch) with a stunning clifftop walk and then sit down to local crab sandwich, scallops with bacon or locally caught monkfish or sea bass with a view of Guernsey's prettiest bay. In summer, you'll need to book two weeks in advance tel 01481 238636. For a wooden basket of traditional cream tea (to take to the beach) head for the kiosk in Saint's Bay or Portelet Bay (the latter more accessible for wheelchair users).

Picnics are also popular. For the ultimate spontaneity, pack fresh French bread and cheese, local tomatoes and paté and a bottle of wine and head for the cliffs. There’s a view from a bay or winding path that really is yours alone. Alternatively check the diary of castle Cornet http://www.museum.guernsey.net/outdoor_theatre.htm for outdoor theatre or, in summer, live music on Friday nights (usually free). Come early and eat your picnic on the top lawns of the castle, descent with your bottle of wine to watch outdoor theatre or life music in a great medieval setting. (NB dress warm!)

Breakfast: Bacon butties from Nelia's Bakery, Continental style breakfast at Victor Hugo's, fry ups at White Rock cafe, Halfway Cafe or Half Moon cafe.

Guernsey cream teas: The OGH hotel is an excellent location for wintertime cream teas. The Victoria Cafe in Candy gardens has excellent views (but you mustn't be in a hurry). Cobo tea room on the west coast has excellent home made cakes. Or sample a piece of coffee cake from the kiosk at Port Soif; no real indoor space there but a lovely sheltered garden to hang out in.


There are lots of pubs to be visited all over the island, in St Peter Port the pubs are easy to find and are mostly along the waterfront. Laska's has an enormous list of cocktails and is a popular spot. Start here and work your way north along the waterfront, ending at the taxi rank.



There are plenty of opportunities to learn in Guernsey with everything from ceramics to surfing on offer. If you, or your child, want to try something creative while visiting there is a good gallery with art workshops in the older area of town. The Gallery (www.thegallery.gg) is at the top of a cobbled hill (Mill Street) which goes up from the old markets. There you can sign up for pottery, mosaic, painting and photography workshops. There are also plenty of fun and unusual things on offer for children.


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Insight Guides Great Breaks Guernsey (Insight Great Breaks)

Insight Guides

Beautiful beaches, a relaxed pace of life, the sunniest climate in the British Isles, fascinating history and superb seafood... Guernsey is the ideal destination for a traditional summer holiday. Handy, pocket-sized Great Breaks Guernsey is packed with useful information on how to spend your time. We suggest five easy-to-follow walks and tours around Guernsey, starting off in the quaint capital St Peter Port with its excellent restaurants, then taking in castles, wartime fortifications, museums and manor houses. There are also day trips to the tiny islands of Herm, Sark and Alderney, each with its own character and all accompanied by vivid full-colour photographs, clear maps and plenty of recommendations for where to eat and drink. Features on the local culture focus on what makes Guernsey unique - its festivals, shipwrecks and fishing traditions - to immerse you in island life. Each tour has its own colour map for easy orientation, and beautiful photography on every page vividly bring the islands to life. The travel tips provide all the practical information you'll need, with plenty of ideas for unique places to stay, themed holidays and outdoor activities.

Guernsey Handbook, 2018 Edition: The Essential Guide to Guernsey (Guernsey Handbooks)

Tony Brassell

The Guernsey Handbook 2018 is an essential Guide for anyone thinking of visiting the beautiful Island of Guernsey. The 2018 edition has new images and additional text offering month to month insights into what to see and do when you visit the Island. It also includes information on how to get to Guernsey, getting around on the Island and also information on places to stay and places to eat while on the Island. Combine this with some historical information and also details about the other Channel Islands you can visit while in Guernsey and you can see why this should be a must read for anyone looking to visit the Island.

Insight Guides Flexi Map Guernsey (Insight Flexi Maps)

Insight Guides

Insight Guides Flexi Map: has a weather-proof fold out map of the country with top attractions listed. Ideal for taking on holiday. This Guernsey Flexi Map is drawn to a scale of 1:28000 and shows the entire country complete with a comprehensive index. This is an ideal on-the-move companion when you're exploring Guernsey It includes larger scale maps of Saint Peter Port, Alderney and Sark Outlines Top Attractions and places of interest Includes useful fact for people visiting Guernsey Information on how to get around the country Key facts on the sightsInsight Guides/Apa Publications are one of the UK's leading overseas road and travel map publisher.

1. Jersey & Guernsey Travel Reference Map 1:18,000 WP

ITMB Publishing LTD

ITMB is pleased to re-introduce the Channel Islands map area after a lengthy hiatus of preparing new artwork. The first version of this part of Europe was licensed artwork by a local firm in Jersey, and upon running out of copies of the printed map, we opted to prepare fresh artwork of our own to continue this interesting corner of the continent to continue to be available. The islands, collectively known in English as the Channel Islands, are one of those anomalies that make Europe so attractive. They are part of Great Britain, but not part of the UK; hence, they are not part of the EU. They are self-governing entities owned by the Queen in her role of being Duchess of Normandy. This is, of course, merely a hereditary situation, but the islands were the personal possessions of William the Conqueror in 1066, at the time he led Norman forces into Britain and won the Battle of Hastings. They remained his personal possessions and have been passed on from monarch to monarch for more than 950 years. Located just off the French coast, not too far from St. Malo, the islands were occupied by German forces during WW2, and are now readily available by ferry or airplane from both France and Britain. There are actually, five inhabited islands, of which Jersey and Guernsey are the largest. Alderney, Sark, and Herm make up the others. Ferries link the islands, and tourism is a major activity of the islands, along with banking. Most visitors arrive on Jersey, which on our map occupies an entire side. The airport is located near the western end of the island. Ferries arrive at St. Helier I m very pleased that it is once again available.. Accommodations are plentiful and car rentals the best way to explore the island. The map shows all touristic attractions, roads, and rural restaurants/pubs. The reverse side is dominated by Guernsey, naturally, and its historic main town of St. Pete Port, but the shape of the island allowed us to include generous inset maps of Alderney and Sark, while including tiny Herm in the main map. This map has two covers: one showing Jersey and Guernsey, and the other noting Guernsey and Jersey, with two different pictures. And in the upper right corner, the flags of each island. This is one of those must see before death touristic destinations and is well worth the visit.

Guernsey History and Travel guide: Government, Culture, Languages and foundation, People and Environment, Tourism

Evan Adams

The history of Guernsey, Government, Politics, People, Culture Tradition and environment, touristic information and activities in Guernsey. Find out about this country’s background information: A British Crown dependency, which, along with the other Channel Islands, remained loyal to the English monarchy when King John lost Normandy to France in 1204, Guernsey has some 1500 years of recorded history having been settled by Britons migrating to Brittany in the 5th century.Part of the medieval Duchy of Normandy, it became inextricably linked to Britain when William the Conqueror gained the crown in 1066 and although occupied by Capetian French and by Aragonese mercenaries during the Hundred Years War, it remained in British hands until the German invasion during WWII. More history and culture information in the book Guernsey History and Travel guide.

Guernsey, Sark & Herm: A View of the Islands

Dallas Masterton

Shows colour images of the life on and coast line of the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Sark & Herm.

Guernsey Past and Present

Brian & Patricia Shipman

Covering an area of twenty-four square miles, the island of Guernsey is divided into ten parishes, most still bearing their French names. The reader is taken on a tour of the island, from arrival at the town of St Peter Port, with its harbour and bustling markets, to the surrounding districts including St Pierre du Bois and the picturesque Cobo Bay. This collection of past and present photographs offers the opportunity to compare and contrast changing modes of fashion and transportation, shops and businesses, streets and cottages, whilst recalling local people who once lived and worked in Guernsey. The old images come from the authors' private collection of Victorian glass plate negatives, and offer a contrast with the modern photographs which reveal some of the developments that have taken place during the intervening 100 years. Guernsey Past and Present is sure to appeal to anyone interested in the history of this fascinating Channel Island.

Walking on Guernsey: Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm

Paddy Dillon

This guidebook describes 25 short easy walks exploring the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. 20 of the walks described are on Guernsey. The routes are mostly circular, mainly on paths, tracks and quiet roads, and can easily be combined to make longer outings. Most walks are between 5 and 15km (3 and 9 miles) but the book also includes a description of the Guernsey Coastal Walk, a 63.5km (39 mile) walk around the entire coast of the island. Famed for its sunshine, its history and its wonderful coastline, Guernsey offers superb year-round walking. As well as clear route directions and mapping and practical advice on travel and accommodation, the book is crammed with fascinating information about these intriguing islands.

A Guide to Jersey and Guernsey: Including the Neighbouring Islands of Alderney, Serk, Herm, and Jethou; With a Map of All the Islands (Classic Reprint)

Simpkin Marshall and Co

Excerpt from A Guide to Jersey and Guernsey: Including the Neighbouring Islands of Alderney, Serk, Herm, and Jethou; With a Map of All the IslandsT an origin of small states can seldom be correctly ascertained. Absorbed in the history of larger territories, they seldom become objects. Of notice; and when they have engaged the attention of any early writer, the account transmitted to posterity is generally a tissue of facts and fable, so interwoven as to render it difficult and frequently impossible to distinguish the one from the other.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Family Maps of Guernsey County, Ohio

Gregory A. Boyd J.D.

236 pages with 68 total maps Locating original landowners in maps has never been an easy task-until now. This volume in the Family Maps series contains newly created maps of original landowners (patent maps) in what is now Guernsey County, Ohio, gleaned from the indexes of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. But it offers much more than that. For each township in the county, there are two additional maps accompanying the patent map: a road map and a map showing waterways, railroads, and both modern and many historical city-centers and cemeteries. Included are indexes to help you locate what you are looking for, whether you know a person's name, a last name, a place-name, or a cemetery. The combination of maps and indexes are designed to aid researchers of American history or genealogy to explore frontier neighborhoods, examine family migrations, locate hard-to-find cemeteries and towns, as well as locate land based on legal descriptions found in old documents or deeds. The patent-maps are essentially plat maps but instead of depicting owners for a particular year, these maps show original landowners, no matter when the transfer from the federal government was completed. Dates of patents typically begin near the time of statehood and run into the early 1900s. What's Mapped in this book (that you'll not likely find elsewhere) . . . 2009 Parcels of Land (with original landowner names and patent-dates labeled in the relevant map) 91 Cemeteries plus . . . Roads, and existing Rivers, Creeks, Streams, Railroads, and Small-towns (including some historical), etc. What YEARS are these maps for? Here are the counts for parcels of land mapped, by the decade in which the corresponding land patents were issued: Decade Parcel-count 1800s 149 1810s 18 1820s 415 1830s 1119 1840s 287 1850s 4 1900s 4 1920s 3 1950s 3 1960s 5 1970s 2 What Cities and Towns are in Guernsey County, Ohio (and in this book)? Abledell, Antrim, Barton Manor, Birds Run, Birmingham, Black, Blacktop, Bluebell, Boden, Brady, Browns Heights, Buckeyeville, Buffalo, Byesville, Cambridge, Cassell, Cassellview, Cedar Hills, Center, Chestnut Grove Cottage Area, Claysville, Clio (historical), College Hill, Colonial Heights, Coventry Estates, Craig, Cumberland, Derwent, Duch Addition, East Cambridge, East Shore Cottage Area, Eastmoor, Easton, Echo Point, Elizabethtown, Fairdale, Fairmont, Fairview, Fairview, Five Forks, Flat Ridge, Georgetown, Gibson, Greenwood, Guernsey, Helena, Henderson Heights, Hickory Grove Cottage Area, Ideal, Indian Camp, Jackson Special, Kimbolton, Kings Mine, Kipling, Londonderry, Lore City, Lucasburg, Mantua, Marysville, Meadow Village, Middlebourne, Morgan Manor, New Gottingen, North Salem, Northgate, Oakgrove, Oakwood, Odell, Old Washington, Oldham, Opperman, Pleasant City, Quaker City, Ridgewood Acres, Robins, Salesville, Seneca Lake Estates, Senecaville, Spencer Station, Spring Valley, Sunnymeade, Sycamore Hills, Toledoville (historical), Tyner, Walhonding, Warrentown, West Shore Cottage Area, Winterset

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