Guernsey history and heritage attractions

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  • Fairy passage in Guernsey
  • Le Dehus Dolman
  • Loop hole tower at L
  • View over Lihou
  • Watch tower in Guernsey
  • Rousse Tower in Guernsey

Guernsey history and heritage attractions

Channel Islands Heritage Festival 2018

30th March – 10th May

A pan-island Heritage Festival

The Channel Islands have a fascinating history and as such there’s a legacy of fascinating heritage attractions available to visit. Inhabited since neolithic times and fought over throughout the centuries, military defences and castles occupy the islands’ coastlines whilst inland World War II War tunnels and military establishments taken over by Hitler’s German forces can still be seen in situ today. Find out more about the Occupation and various places you can visit on our Occupation of Guernsey page.

Historical Attractions in Guernsey

Guernsey Museums operate a Discovery Pass enabling free entry into 3 historical sites.

Castle Cornet

800 year old castle guarding the entrance to St Peter Port where historical exhibitions, re-enactments and a great programme of historical learning takes place. Period gardens and five dedicated museums are also at the castle, including:

  • The Maritime Museum
  • The Story of Castle Cornet Museum
  • The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum
  • The Royal Guernsey Militia Museum
  • The 201 Squadron (RAF) Museum

Château Des Marais

Built in 13th Century and refortified in 18th Century, it was again taken over during the Occupation.

Fort Grey and Shipwreck Museum

Museum and gift shop housed in a Martello Tower

Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery

Art gallery, gift shop, café and family history room along with the ‘Story of Guernsey’ exhibition set in the restored Victorian Candie Gardens.

Hauteville House

The 19th Century home of Victor Hugo during his exile in Guernsey. Guided tours by appointment only.

Sausmarez Manor

Manor house dating from 13th Century and extensive grounds including sub-tropical gardens, mini railway, shop and tea rooms.

The Guernsey Tapestry

100 years of Guernsey history in 10 embroidered panels.

Vale Castle

15th Century defensive stone castle.

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Hauteville House, Guernsey
Fort Pezeries, Guernsey

National Trust for Guernsey heritage attractions

National Trust members will gain free entry into the following properties:

Folk and Costume Museum

The Folk and Costume Museum‘s history of Guernsey life over the last 3 centuries with clothing displays and exhibits. Situated in restored farm buildings in Sausmarez Park.

Les Caches Farm

Traditional methods were used to restore Les Caches Farm barn to its 1800’s splendour.

Victorian Shop and Parlour

Enjoy traditional sweets form glass jars, buy heritage seeds or gifts and souvenirs and the restored 26 Cornet Street in St Peter Port.

Ancient dolmens and tomb passages in Guernsey

  • Le Creuxès Faies Passage Tomb, north of L’Eree Bay
  • Le Dehus Burial Chamber,
  • Vale Les Fouaillages, L’Ancresse Common
  • Le Trépied Megalithic Burial Chamber, Perelle Bay
  • Le Vaux de Monal and La Varde Rock, Rocquaine Bay

History and Heritage in the Bailiwick

Alderney

Alderney’s history is immense and human habitation has been traced back 5000 years. Neolithic, Roman, French and German history and architecture is present on the island and it was the most heavily Occupied Channel Island during World War II, with all its inhabitants evacuated. 

Alderney Museum – Covering the history, archaeology, geology and natural environment of Alderney.

Alderney Holidays – read more about the Occupation of Alderney and places to visit.

Sark

Sark was the last feudal state in Europe and as such has a unique history. Celtic and Roman coin hoards have been found and Sarks’ Dame Sybil Hathaway, reacted very differently to German Occupation and treated her invaders as guests! Visit the Occupation and Heritage Museum or The Visitor Centre and Société Sercquaise Room.

Herm

A prehistoric beach, tales of ritualistic monks and smuggling abound on Herm. An historical walking tour is available from Annette Henry. Contact her on AnnetteHenryTours@gmail.com.