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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.

Caves

La Coupée in Sark
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  • 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 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

La Gran'mère du Chimquière
La Gran'mère du Chimquière / , Wikimedia Commons / Public domain

Megaliths

  • Castel - Guernsey. Unusual standing stone shaped like a woman.
  • 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.

Map of Guernsey

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