About the Channel Islands - Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm & Sark

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  • Children on Le Braye Beach, Jersey
  • Sandcastle on the beach in Guernsey
  • Family walking a Guernsey clifftop path
  • Family on the beach in Guernsey
  • Coleens Cafe at Greve de Lecq in Jersey
  • Eating al fresco in St Peter Port
  • Floral display in St Peter Port
  • Couple at The Navigator Restaurant in Jersey

About the Channel Islands

Attractions, activities, events and festivals

There are so many things to do in the Channel Islands that your only dilemma might be knowing where to start! Whether you decide to take your holiday or break in Jersey or Guernsey or opt to hop over to the smaller islands of Alderney, Sark or Herm, you will be guaranteed a heady mix of spectacular scenery, a rich heritage, fantastic food and a wonderful and unique anglo-french cultural influence. Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark & Herm – which will you choose? Find out about the Channel Islands: the bailiwick, history, cuisine, beaches and more.

Jersey

Jersey is the largest of the islands and will greet you with its contrast of golden beaches, busy waterfront bars and bistros, luxury yachts and lifestyle on the one hand and then throw in quaint french style cottages, quiet country lanes and rugged northerly coastal pathways for an island escape. Attractions on the island are as varied and you can be taking a trip back in time to revisit what it might have been like during the Occupation and then browsing the latest gold and diamond collections.

Guernsey

Guernsey offers an eclectic and elegant mix of history and tradition melded with stylish new eateries and stunningly beautiful scenery. Spend an afternoon with a fresh cream tea in the floral gardens of a manor house and then head for some french style cuisine in the cobbled streets of St Peter Port. The rugged coastline offers up plenty of walks to work it off!

Alderney, Sark and Herm

In fact throughout the Channel Islands there are fantastic walking, running, cycling and horse riding opportunities. Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney all have dedicated lanes and areas where cars are restricted in speed and Sark and Herm are entirely car free. Don’t try taking your bike to Herm though as even bicycles are banned! The milder climate encourages outdoor pursuits and there are so many to choose from; golf, rugby, swimming, ice skating and coasteering being just a few. Naturally there are whole range of water sports activities available and from fishing through to kayaking and scuba diving there are many clubs and guided activity centres offering an afternoons tuition.

Beaches galore!

Beach pursuits are as varied. Some of the most stunning beaches with powder soft sands and turquoise waters can be found in Herm and Alderney. Golden beaches shelving gently in the sea in Sark are excellent for swimming and steep cliff path walks can lead to bathing pools or the chance to pootle about in a rock pool. In Jersey, where there are some of the highest tides in the world, the lunar landscapes revealed at low tide are often places of Special Scientific Interest. All the Channel Islands have conservation projects and many rare species of flora and fauna survive well in the protected areas.

Adventure or escape? Help for planning your holiday or break

Adventure or escape, there is plenty of help available to guide you through all the various attractions, activities, events and festivals available during your holiday. Take a look at some of our pages in this section for ideas and a calendar of year round events for each island.