30 Guernsey Essentials: Public Gardens

public-gardensDuring 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 10: Guernsey’s Public Gardens 

Guernsey’s exceptional gardens are the natural combination of excellent climatic conditions and a large pool of keen and competent gardeners. The island benefits from much milder temperatures than the UK, especially during the winter, allowing for exotic and subtropical plants to survive outdoors throughout the year. The results are beautifully crafted and tended gardens, some historical, some newly grown, all ready to be admired.

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30 Guernsey Essentials: Sausmarez Manor

sausmarez manor 01During 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 9: Sausmarez Manor

Sausmarez Manor, with its stately facade, extensive gardens and full events calendar, will inevitably be part of your visit to Guernsey, wherever you interests lie. The grounds are beautiful and include subtropical gardens, a fantastic Sculpture Park and a Copper ,Tin and Silversmiths amongst the main highlights. Tours of the manor are available, letting you grasp the history of the place and its colourful inhabitants.

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30 Guernsey Essentials: Explore Herm

HermDuring 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 8: Explore Herm

Herm is so small that you can walk around it in less than an hour! It has a school, a hotel, a pub, a harbour, a chapel, a tiny shop, no cars, no bicycles, and only quad bikes and tractors to carry tourists, bags and supplies. The 60-strong permanent population is passionate about their island and works hard at maintaining it as a place of ultimate beauty and peace. Having been inhabited for approximately 12,000 years, Herm’s history is mainly linked to Guernsey’s which is only 3 miles away to the west.

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30 Guernsey Essentials: Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum

Shipwreck MuseumDuring 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 7: Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum

Known locally as the ‘Cup and Saucer’, Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum is located in a Martello Tower on Guernsey’s rugged west coast. The building dates back to the 19th century, when invasion by the French was a very real threat. Today the tower houses a museum dedicated to those who have lost their lives at sea over the years, as well as offering spectacular views of Rocquaine Bay and the Hanois Lighthouse.

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30 Guernsey Essentials: Cycling in Guernsey

During 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 6: Cycling in Guernsey

Cycling in Guernsey is fun and safe. Create your own itinerary or follow Visit Guernsey’s cycling routes (get a leaflet) – brilliantly devised to lead you past most of the island’s attractions and beaches. Rent a bike from the many hire places, or come with yours if you travel by ferry, and enjoy the beautiful and ever-changing countryside where coasts and fields are neighbours, enough to take anybody’s breath away.

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30 Guernsey Essentials: Victor Hugo

Victor HugoDuring 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 5: Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo’s life was immensely colourful, romantic and dramatic, and nowhere better than at Hauteville House in St Peter Port can one take the full measure of his extraordinary mind.

Politically exiled from France in 1855, Victor Hugo first stopped in Jersey before spending 15 rich years in Guernsey. By this stage he had developed many sides to his artistic personality and indulged in everything from poetry, photography and art to bric-a-brac collecting. Don’t miss visiting Hauteville House which in the words of his own son is “a veritable three-storey autograph”.

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30 Guernsey Essentials: Tasty Walks

Tasty Walks GuernseyDuring 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 4: Tasty Walks

Combining the very popular past-times of walking and eating, Tasty Walks are eleven self-guided itineraries for you to enjoy at your own pace and appetite – complete with audio guidance. Tasty Walks will take you to St Peter Port, all around the coast, and inland to the island’s country parishes. Enjoy the stunning south coast cliffpaths, admire the long sweeping western bays, and stope at the local cafés and restaurants to refresh and relax.

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30 Guernsey Essentials: The Little Chapel

During 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 3: The Little Chapel 

Pretty and quirky, the Little Chapel is tiny yet attracts many visitors who come to admire what could be the smallest chapel in the world. Completely covered in local shells, broken glass collected around Guernsey, and other colourful stones, the Little Chapel is as much a curiosity as a work of art and definitely deserves a visit during your stay in Guernsey!

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30 Guernsey Essentials: Explore St Peter Port

St Peter Port HarbourDuring 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 2: Explore St Peter Port

Charm oozes out of the beautiful little harbour town of St Peter Port – capital of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and home to many secrets. Lose yourself in its cobbled streets and wonder what lies behind the shop fronts and the restaurants. Stories and history go hand in hand here – ghosts and war memorabilia are the neighbours of museums and markets…

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30 Guernsey Essentials: Eat an Ormer

During 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Guernsey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 1: Eat an Ormer

Beautiful, edible and elusive ormers have always been high on the menu list in Guernsey’s homes. This sought after mollusk – known as abalone in the rest of the world – is to be found on the island’s shores and can be harvested by hand, although decline in stocks in the past have led to strictly regulated “ormering” practices. Tides – as often in the Channel islands – play a big part in the process so beware of the Ormering Tides before embarking on your fishing!

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