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…

The best, probably the only way to visit St Peter Port is on foot. From the seafront, climb any of the flights of steps leading to the High Street. From there, indulge in a bit of shopping in one of the boutique shops before exploring the beautiful church in Church Square, famously the closest in the British isles to a pub!  Behind the church, the Old Quarter is full of antique dealers and art galleries. This is the area where the medieval town once stood.

Market Day St Peter Port

Market square features regular market days, and is a vibrant place to fill your basket with some of the island’s many goodies, from the locally grown vegetables to the fish brought in by the fishing fleet. You cannot get any fresher than that!

More steps will lead you to the States Chambers, and then back down towards the harbour via the cobbled streets lined with coffee shops and gourmet restaurants.

Coffee at St Peter Port

St Peter Port is always full of life, a place where modern life and historical past cohabit gracefully providing a beautiful backdrop to relax in: have a coffee or a drink while admiring Castle Cornet – the fortress which has been guarding St Peter Port for over 800 years…

Castle Cornet

 

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