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100 miles south of mainland Britain, Jersey – the largest of the Channel Islands – is the most southerly island of the British Isles. While the island is packed with heritage attractions – the well-preserved Mont Orgueil Castle, the Jersey War Tunnels (the Channel Islands were occupied during World War II), and the Neolithic dolmen La Hougue Bie – Jersey is also famed for its delicious food.

It has an enviable natural larder – renowned Jersey Royal potatoes, Jersey Jewel tomatoes, Jersey black butter, and tasty seafood – and visitors to the island during six weeks of autumn can enjoy it for purse-friendly prices during Tennerfest. More than 100 restaurants in Jersey (and almost the same number in neighbouring Guernsey) can enjoy wonderful meals created from the islands’ natural produce for fixed prices.  


A pretty harbour and cobbled streets make the capital of Guernsey, St Peter’s Port, an appealing town to visit. But its attractions go much deeper; visit the Guernsey Literary Festival, which draws big names from the literary world - past speakers have included Louis des Bernières (Captain Corelli's Mandolin) and Michael Morpurgo (War Horse).

For a sportier adrenaline rush, Guernsey’s spectacular coastline is ripe for coasteering, climbing, diving, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, and sailing. Or to enjoy the island’s great outdoors in a more gentle way, book a local guide and embark on foraging for natural produce.

And if you’re really looking for peace and tranquillity? Head to the neighbouring islands of Herm, Sark and Alderney. Herm (20 minutes by ferry) and Sark (50 minutes by ferry) are both traffic-free. Explore the beautiful coastal views and unspoilt beaches from the saddle of a hired bicycle.  

Getting there: Flights to the Channel Islands operate from many British airports. Regular ferry services operate from Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth on the south coast of England to Jersey and Guernsey. Depending on which port you depart from journey times vary between four and ten hours. All these ports are within two- to three-hours’ drive from London.

Author: Visit Britain.


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