Guernsey

Main attractions

Castle Cornet, Guernsey
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The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes not just Guernsey but also Alderney, Sark and several more islands form the British Crown Dependency, located close to French coast.

These small islands offer breathtaking scenery, interesting local history and traditions. Highlights include a rich archaeological heritage, Castle Cornet, amazing scenery of Sark island and other islands.

Natural landmarks

  • Boutique Caves - Sark. Some 60 m long seaside caves in beautiful setting. According to local legends in earlier times were used by smugglers.
  • Gouliot Caves - Sark. Large seaside caves, accessible only at very low tide. Walls covered with sea anemones.
  • La Coupée in Sark
    La Coupée in Sark / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0
    La Coupée of Sark - Isthmus, connecting Sark and Little Sark, with 100 m tall cliffs in both sides. Before 1900, when railings where not there, children crawled on their knees here to avoid being blown in the sea.

Man made landmarks

Megaliths

  • Castel - Guernsey. Unusual standing stone shaped like a woman.
  • La Gran'mère du Chimquière
    La Gran'mère du Chimquière / , Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    La Gran'mère du Chimquière - Guernsey. Standing stone in St.Martin’s churchyard. 1.65 m tall stone has been shaped like a statue with head and face. It is not known when the sculpting was done.
  • La Longue Rocque - Tallest menhir in Guernsey, rising 3.5 m from the ground, 1 m goes below the ground. Weighs some 5 tons.
  • La Varde - Largest megalithic structure on Guernsey. Passage grave in a mound. Diameter of mound – 18 meters. Largest capstone in passage grave weighs more than 10 tons.
  • Le Déhus passage grave (Du D'Hus) - Guernsey. Impressive passage grave, one of the best preserved Neolithic sites in Guernsey. Central passage has four side chambers, grave still covered with a mound with diameter - 20 m. Neolithic burials found inside. Unique feature – a carving in capstone which shows a stylised face.
  • Le Trepied - Guernsey. Impressive passage grave – large stones with capstones.

Castles and palaces

  • Castle Cornet - Impressive castle on island near Guernsey. First fortifications built here between 1206 – 1256, rebuilt in 1545 – 1548. Currently hosts museums.
  • La Seigneurie - Historical house of Seigneours of Sark. The house has been gradually built since 1675 and represents a charming mix of diverse styles.
  • Sausmarez Manor - Guernsey. Historical country house, built in 1585 in the site of older building. Rebuilt in 1715 – 1719 and the early 19th century. Sculpture park nearby, in the subtropical park of the manor.

Other man-made attractions

  • La Seigneurie Gardens - Sark. Exquisite walled garden from the middle of the 19th century. Beautiful displays of diverse flowers.
  • Lihou Priory of St. Mary - Ruins of priory, possibly established by Benedictine monks in the 12th century. Local people considered that monks worship devil.
  • St Anne on Alderney - Alderney. Historical, charming town with many old buildings and old street pattern. Hilly cobblestone streets.
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Map of Guernsey

Featured: Le Déhus passage grave

Le Dehus passage grave, carving of face in stone
Le Dehus passage grave, carving of face in stone / , Richard Scott-Robinson / CC BY-SA 3.0

Contrary to many other archaeological monuments, Le Déhus is located in a rather unromantic setting - in a sharp bend of street. Nevertheless this is highly interesting monument of history which contains a prehistoric stone carving.

Recommended books:

Guernsey Handbook 2016

The Guernsey Handbook 2016 is an essential Guide for anyone thinking of visiting the beautiful Island of Guernsey. The 2016 edition has new images and additional text providing even more useful information on what to see and do when you visit the Island. It also includes information on how to get to Guernsey, getting around on the Island and also information on places to stay and places to eat while on the Island.

Guernsey Past and Present

Covering an area of twenty-four square miles, the island of Guernsey is divided into ten parishes, most still bearing their French names. The reader is taken on a tour of the island, from arrival at the town of St Peter Port, with its harbour and bustling markets, to the surrounding districts including St Pierre du Bois and the picturesque Cobo Bay.

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