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Wonders of Guernsey

Sark Island from above
Sark Island from above / Phillip Capper, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes not just Guernsey but also Alderney, Sark, and several more islands that constitute the British Crown Dependency, located close to the 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.

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WorldViolet Top 15 wonders of Guernsey

Geological wonders

Gouliot Caves

Large seaside caves, accessible only at very low tide. Walls covered with sea anemones.

Boutique Caves

Some 60 m long seaside caves in a beautiful setting. According to local legends, in earlier times the caves were used by smugglers.

Archaeological wonders

Le Dehus passage grave

Impressive passage grave, one of the best preserved Neolithic sites in Guernsey. The central passage has four side chambers, grave still is covered with a mound with a 20 m diameter. Inside were found Neolithic burials. Unique feature – a carving in a capstone that shows a stylized face.

Le DĂ©hus passage grave in Guernsey, mound
Le DĂ©hus passage grave, mound / , Man vyi / public domain
La Varde

The largest megalithic structure on Guernsey – a passage grave in a mound. The diameter of this mound is 18 meters. The largest capstone in the passage grave weighs more than 10 tons.

La Longue Rocque

The tallest menhir in Guernsey, rising 3.5 m from the ground, 1 m goes below the ground. Weighs some 5 tons.

Le Trepied

Impressive passage grave – large stones with capstones.

La Gran’mère du Chimquière

Standing stone in St.Martin’s churchyard. 1.65 m tall stone has been shaped like a statue with a head and face. It is not known when the sculpting was done.

La Gran'mère du Chimquière, Guernsey
La Gran’mère du Chimquière / , Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
Castel (Guernsey)

An unusual standing stone that is shaped like a woman.

Architecture wonders

Sausmarez Manor

A historical country house that was built in 1585 on the site of an older building. Rebuilt in 1715 – 1719 and the early 19th century. Sculpture park nearby, in the subtropical park of the manor.

Castle Cornet

Impressive castle on an island near Guernsey. The first fortifications were built here between 1206 – 1256, rebuilt in 1545 – 1548. Currently hosts museums.

Castle Cornet, Guernsey
Castle Cornet / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0
St Anne on Alderney

Historical, charming town with many old buildings and old street patterns. Hilly cobblestone streets.

La Seigneurie Gardens

Exquisite walled garden from the middle of the 19th century. Beautiful displays of diverse flowers.

La Coupée of Sark

Isthmus, connecting Sark and Little Sark, with 100 m tall cliffs on both sides. Before 1900, when railings were not there, children crawled on their knees here to avoid being blown into the sea.

La Coupée in Sark
La Coupée in Sark / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Lihou Priory of St. Mary

Ruins of a priory that, possibly, was established by Benedictine monks in the 12th century. Local people considered that monks worship the devil.

La Seigneurie

Historical house of Seigneours of Sark. The house has been gradually built since 1675 and represents a charming mix of diverse styles.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Guernsey Handbook 2016: An essential Guide for Visitors to Guernsey

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. Combine this with a list of the main events, some historical information, and also details about the other Channel Islands you can visit while in Guernsey and you can see why this should be a must-read for anyone looking to visit 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 harbor and bustling markets, to the surrounding districts including St Pierre du Bois and the picturesque Cobo Bay.

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