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Discover Guernsey

Guernsey Facts - Closer to France, Nearer to Home

The island is a mere 30 square miles with 10 Parishes

The currency is the Great British Pound

27 miles from the coast of France

The language is English plus a little Guernsey French

70 miles from south of mainland Britain

Guernsey is self-governing and a British Crown Dependency

The population is approximately 63,000

The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes the islands of Alderney, Sark, Herm, Brecqhou, Jethou and Lihou


A Wealth of Activities & Attractions

Guernsey is the second largest island in the Channel Islands, located some 70 miles (112 kms) south of mainland Britain yet only 27 miles (43 kms) from the coast of France. Guernsey provides the visitor with a kaleidoscope of sensory stimuli. Despite its small size - Guernsey measures just six miles by three (10 kms x 5 kms) - all your senses are made to work overtime in this tiny Island.

Guernsey's attractions and gastronomic excellence ensure that foodie fans and culture vultures are well catered for with glorious seafood restaurants, quirky beach cafes, Second World War relics and stunning coastal walks all offering a thoroughly enjoyable and varied holiday experience.

For those who want to seek thrills, spills and activities, there is a wealth of options both in the sea and on the land, from surfing, kayaking, coasteering to golf and cliff-walking.


Guernsey Highlights

Guernsey is a naturally abundant source of fantastic food. Both locals and visitors are treated to many Guernsey specialities, including fresh Channel Island seafood, a wealth of locally-grown fruits & vegetables and Guernsey-brewed ales. The island features a great selection of restaurants, bars and cafes for all tastes, from hearty pub fayre and contemporary dining to beach cafes and award-winning hotel bistros.

Holidays in Guernsey can be spent shopping and exploring in the town centre of St. Peter Port, exploring the lush countryside and coastal cliff walks in the south and west of the island, or lapping up the sunshine on one of the island's beautiful beaches. Visitors are treated to a wealth of natural features and experiences to invigorate the senses and relax.


Unique to Guernsey

Loyal to the British Crown, Guernsey and the rest of the Channel Islands became British isles during the Norman conquest, creating a unique Anglo-French history that survives to this day. Today Guernsey is a self-governing 'Bailiwick', incorporating the smaller Channel Islands of Sark, Alderney and Herm. There are many quirky and charming features on the island, including unique Guernsey stamps and the island's own currency - legal tender only in the Channel Islands (don't worry though - British Sterling can also be used!)

Guernésiais is the traditional language of Guernsey, closely related to Norman French it is an important part of Guernsey's heritage. As you explore the island you will easily spot the language amongst our street names and places around the island.