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Wonders of Jersey

Elizabeth Castle, Jersey
Elizabeth Castle, Jersey. / Amanda Slater, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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The small island of Jersey is very rich with archaeological heritage, but here are found impressive castles, amazing formations of the sea coast, numerous beautiful gardens, and other interesting attractions as well.

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WorldViolet Top 23 wonders of Jersey

Geological wonders

La Grève au Lanchon in Plémont Cave

Seaside cave with a tall waterfall falling over the entrance.

Devil’s Hole

Collapsed cave near the sea. There has formed some 30 m wide and more than 60 m deep funnel with a roaring sea below.

Biological wonders

Le Noir Pre orchid meadow

Unique orchid meadow with one of the largest populations of Jersey orchid (Anacamptis laxiflora) and three more species of orchids. Flowering in May and June.

Le Noir Pré orchid meadow, Jersey
Le Noir Pré orchid meadow / Rolf Thum, / CC BY-SA 3.0

Archaeological wonders

La Hougue Bie

One of the most impressive passage graves with an 18.6 meters long chamber under a 12.2 meters high earthen mound. Developed sometime around 4000 – 3500 BC.

La Hougue Bie, side view
La Hougue Bie, side view / , user Man vyi / public domain
La Cotte de St Brelade

Cave and grotto, site of Paleolithic habitation. Some 250 000 years ago here lived Neanderthal man. In the cave found remnants of numerous Pleistocene mammals.

Le Mont de la Ville

An unusual Neolithic passage grave. Consists of a covered passage that leads into an unroofed circular chamber with roofed side chambers – cists.

Le Dolmen du Couperon

8 m long chambered grave with capstones. Surrounded by a ring of 18 stones – peristalith. Created during the Chalcolithic Age (3250 – 2250 BC).

La Pouquelaye de Faldouet

Passage chamber grave with stone structure remaining, including an enormous, 24 tons heavy capstone. The structure is aligned with the solar equinox. Rich archaeological finds. Created in Neolithic Age.

Les Monts Grantez

Neolithic passage grave that is made of massive granite blocks. Capstones preserved. The passage leads into an oval chamber with a small side chamber. During archaeological excavations found nine skeletons and other finds.


Group of megalithic monuments – a long chamber and cist-in-circle. Originally created in Neolithic Age but used as a graveyard also in Bronze Age.

La Hougue des Geonnais

Megalithic tomb. Its capstones have been removed but there are well-visible walls of the passage. Created in Neolithic Age, sometimes around 4000 – 3250 BC.

Les Varines

Approximately 18 000 years old site of a prehistoric settlement of Magdalenian culture. On this site have been found more than 3000 stone tools, mostly flint blades. A valuable find is stone tablets with engravings – some engravings show migrating mammoths together with people and surrounding landscape, thus testifying that at the end of the last glacial age, wast areas around the Channel Island were above sea level.

La Sergenté

Passage grave with a circular chamber. The extant dry stone walls are up to 7 – 5 m high.

Architecture wonders

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

A zoological park and research center, established in 1959 by Gerald Durrell. Contains more than 190 species of animals, most of them very rare. Shaped with great respect to the native landscape, fauna, and flora of Jersey.

Elizabeth Castle

Impressive stronghold, built in 1594 – the early 17th century on a small island. Residence of the governors of Jersey.

Mont Orgueil

Impressive hilltop castle. This seaside hill has been used as fortification since prehistoric times. Construction of the present castle was started in 1204. Repaired in the 18th and 20th centuries.

Samarès Manor and gardens

Historical manor house with beautiful herb gardens that were developed in the 20th century.

Fisherman’s Chapel in St Brelade (Chapelle-ès-Pêcheurs)

One of the few remaining medieval chapels. Build time is not well known, most likely built around the 12th century. The main value of the church is the unique wall paintings from around 1310 – 1315 AD.

Fisherman’s Chapel in St Brelade, Jersey
Fisherman’s Chapel in St Brelade / , / CC BY 2.0
Hohlgangsanlage 8

Underground hospital complex with more than 1 km of tunnels completed. Built by the German army during World War II as a military retreat and hospital.

St Brelade’s Church

Medieval church, built before 1035 and extended later, in the 12th – 15th centuries.

Grosnez castle ruins

Ruins of a castle that was built around 1330. Located on a 60 m high rock, surrounded by sea from three sides.

Eric Young Foundation orchid greenhouse

One of the finest collections of tropical orchids in the United Kingdom.

Hermitage of St Helier

This stone hermitage was built on a steep cliff island, now connected to Elizabeth Castle. St. Helier reportedly lived here around 550 AD.

Hermitage of St. Helier, Jersey
Hermitage of St Helier / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldYellow Recommended books

Insight Guides Great Breaks Jersey

Great Breaks Jersey is a concise, full-color travel guide to the ‘Queen of the Channel’, with a selection of clearly laid-out walks and tours complemented by beautiful, full-color pictures and a wealth of practical information, all in a compact package.

Jersey Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands (the others being Guernsey, Sark, and Alderney). The island, which lies off the northern coast of France is not a part of the United Kingdom and is also not a member of the European Union (although the free trade of goods within the EU is allowed). The official name of the island is the Bailiwick of Jersey and it is part of the ancient Duchy of Normandy. This idyllic island is perhaps best known for the Jersey Cow, the actress Lilly Langtry and the Bergerac television series from the 1980s.

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