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Channel Islands history and heritage

Channel Islands Heritage Festival 2017

8th April – 10th May

A pan-island history festival taking place during the Channel Islands 70th Liberation anniversary.

Getting to know the Channel Islands history and heritage is a fascinating subject. For such small islands there is a big history! From neolithic burial mounds to castles and military defences, there are many fascinating places to investigate. The Channel Islands were also taken over by German forces during World War II and the Occupation has left a legacy of its own. Read more about the Occupation and various places you can visit on our Channel Islands Occupation page.

Historical attractions in Jersey

Grosnez Castle

Beautiful views and walks around the former castle ruins where the drawbridge and portcullis are still visible.

Jersey’s Living Legend Museum

Learn the history of Jersey with an audio visual guide and enjoy the facilities which include a craft shop, restaurant, go-kart circuit and adventure golf.

La Corbière Lighthouse

One of the first concrete lighthouses in Great Britain.

The Pallot Steam Motor & General Museum

There is something to excite the interest of everyone at The Pallot Steam Motor & General Museum. It features a fascinating collection of steam, farm and other machinery, motor vehicles, vintage bicycles, a variety of organs and so much more. Open April to October, although closed Sundays and on Good Friday. Located in Trinity.

National Trust for Jersey heritage attractions

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

16 New Street

16 New Street is a Georgian Townhouse with interactive displays and a shop.

Grève de Lecq Barracks

Grève de Lecq Barracks date from Napolean’s time with exhibits and a shop.

Hamptonne Country Life Museum

600 years of life in Jersey is bought to life with real life exhibits at Hamptonne Country Life Museum. Learn about the history of cider making on the island or enjoy the crafts, café, animals and gardens. (Also a Jersey Heritage attraction).

Le Moulin De Quétivel

Le Moulin De Quétivel is a restored and preserved working mill, still producing flour. Enjoy the herb garden, shop and refreshments.

Le Moulin de Tesson

Explore Jersey’s Industrial past at Le Moulin de Tesson with its walled courtyard, wheel pit and engine room where a short film tells the Mill’s story.

Grosnez Castle
Pallot Steam, Motor & General Museum, Trinity
La Rocco Tower, St Ouen's Bay

Jersey Heritage attractions

Under 6’s are free but Jersey Heritage membership holders gain free entry to the following attractions:

Elizabeth Castle

Jersey Heritage’s iconic 400 year old castle located across a causeway in St Aubin’s Bay.

Jersey Museum and Art Gallery

Follow the story of Jersey from Neolithic times to present day.

La Hougue Bie Museum

Visit the ancient chapel, neolithic burial mound and German war bunker which is a Jersey Heritage Site.

Maritime Museum and Occupation Tapestry

Jersey Heritage’s nautical interactive museum also houses the Jersey Occupation Tapestry.

Mont Orgueil Castle

Tales of witchcraft and smuggling come alive at Jersey Heritage’s 600 year old defence castle with a fascinating history.

Ancient Dolmens in Jersey

  • Le Pouquelaye de Faldouet, St Martin Mont
  • Ubé,  St Clement Ville-ès-Nouaux, St Helier
  • La Sergenté,  St Brelade
  • Broken & Little Menhir, St Brelade

Guernsey Historical Attractions

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.