Exploring the Channel Islands

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  • Inflatable rides in Jersey
  • Bathers at Les Ammareurs, Guernsey
  • Battle of the Flowers - girl in pink fairy costume
  • Coasteering in Guernsey
  • Guernsey surf school
  • Moulin Huet Tea Rooms
  • Family heading to Le Braye Beach in Jersey

Have fun exploring the Channel Islands

Great attractions, fantastic food, a huge variety of festivals and so many activities for everyone and then there’s the beaches – have fun exploring the Channel Islands!

What’s on, what to do and where to go

Take a look through the topics above to find out what’s on when you visit the Channel Islands or perhaps use them for inspiration for when to book. From a wide variety of visitor attractions to an ever changing calendar of seasonal events, there’s so much on offer!

Go and see

All the Channel Islands have a huge history and many of the visitor attractions reflect this. Explore Jersey’s castles or join in with re-enactments at Guernsey’s Castle Cornet. The occupation during WWII greatly affected the islands and left a legacy of bunkers and defences, many of which are open to the public. Find out what life was really like under Hitler’s rule by taking a trip to the Jersey War Museum and Underground Hospital or La Vallette Military Underground Museum in Guernsey. Both are set in real tunnels dug during the occupation. Other attractions on the islands include Jersey Lavender Farm, The Mansell Collection in Jersey, the aMazin! Adventure Park for all the family (Jersey) and The Little Chapel, a fascinating chapel decorated with seashells in Guernsey. Be amazed by the occupants at Jersey’s Durrell Wildlife Park or walk in the steps of author Victor Hugo at Hauteville House in Guernsey. Alternatively hop over to Alderney, Sark or Herm where there’s even more to see!

Season by season

Each year both Jersey and Guernsey hold a wide variety of festivals. Food weeks, walking weeks, floral festivals, Air Displays and Christmas festivities happen on each island. Whereas Jersey is known for its Battle of Flowers, one of the biggest carnivals in the world, Guernsey celebrates with a series of summer shows. The fantastic fresh local produce and beautiful scenery on both islands has inspired specialist foodie celebration weeks and walking weeks, a great way to get to know the islands. Guernsey bound visitors can enjoy a downloadable series of Tasty Walks, narrated by show business personality James Strawbridge, whilst Jersey visitors can select from a huge choice of guided walks from the islands’ blue badge guides.

Jersey Safaris RIB
Sumatran Orangutan
kayaking

And then there’s the beaches…

It’s interesting to look through Trip Advisor’s Top 10 places to visit in Jersey or Guernsey as the islands’ beaches are named in both. Here you are really spoilt for choice. If you love golden sands and sparkling blue waters, take a trip to St Brelade’s Bay in Jersey to Guernsey’s Vazon Bay. Watch the sun setting at Cobo Beach in Guernsey or take a guided walk across the tidal Ramsar wetland site and view the diverse marine habitats exposed at low tide on Jersey’s south east coast. You won’t be short of pretty fishing coves on any of the Channel Islands. If you’ve exhausted all those then head to Herm for the sublime Shell Beach, you’ll think you’ve landed on a tropical island!

Just for you

Do you have a hobby or would like the opportunity to try something new? If so there are plenty of activities available. Cycling, running, golf, rugby and adventure sports such as coasteering and kayaking are really popular. There’s also plenty of places to eat, the islanders are proud of their cuisine! Taste some local dishes such as Bean Jar, Jersey Wonders and Guernsey Gâche or head over for a food festival and enjoy the best, fresh, seasonal produce.

Getting here, booking accommodation

Jersey Breakaways and Guernsey Breakaways offer great value and include hotel accommodation and ferry travel. The cost of taking your car is included in the price. Alternatively try our Jersey Flexible Holidays and Guernsey Flexible Holidays are also car inclusive. To check all prices, dates and availability, use our quote & book online system.