Victor Hugo and Guernsey

Victor HugoThe imposing statue of Victor Hugo in one of Guernsey’s most beautiful gardens says it all…the relationship between the author and the island is longlasting and rightly so.

It started in 1855 when Victor Hugo found himself in the Channel Islands having been exiled from France. Guernsey’s beauty soothed his broken spirit and inspired him to write some of his most important work.


Victor Hugo’s romantic and dramatic approach to life was very well suited to the island’s scenery. He spent a lot of his time on the cliff paths around the island, stretching his legs as much as his ideas. A three day trail has been thought of if you wish to follow in the footsteps of the man himself. It will allow you to explore the island at a fast and energetic pace. A trip to Sark is planned as part of the experience.

A few days’ stay will be perfect for a pleasant visit. We do recommand the luxury of Fermain Valley Hotel situated at the top of one of Victor Hugo’s favourite swimming bays.


Many words have been written about Victor Hugo, but nothing will give you a better insight in the author’s enigmatic character than a visit to Hauteville House where he lived. The collection of curios and the grandiose design are just fascinating.

The house is next to the centre of town which offers a great choice of hotels and restaurants. Located right in the heart of St Peter Port, Best Western Moores Hotel will be a convenient place to base yourself.

Les miserablesEmblematic

Victor Hugo wrote “Les Miserables” in Guernsey.

We all love a bit of the fame and as if the book and the musical weren’t enough, the recently released film has won  three Golden Globes, four BAFTAs and eight Oscar Nominations. Where better to come and share the glory of this legendary author and groundbreaking work of literature than here in Guernsey?

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