The Channel Islands are a cluster of islands lying in the Channel between England and France. In this series of posts we’ll be exploring these Islands together and demonstrating why they’re an ideal holiday destination within the British Isles. We’re kicking off our expedition with the unmistakable Jersey.
At 45 square miles, Jersey is jam packed with beautiful beaches, delightful towns and miles of open countryside. Whether you’re looking for self catering apartments or big hotels with a pool, there is ample choice when looking for places to stay. There’s so much to do in Jersey, from lounging on the beach, water sports, shopping, eating out… your opportunities are endless. But while you’re in this amazing region, here are five places you absolutely must make time to visit.
Just north of the Island’s capital St Helier, you’ll find Durrell Wildlife. This charity run wildlife park is a wonderful place to get close to some of the world’s rarest species. Durrell is doing so much good in the world that supporting them here on a day trip is guaranteed to be fun for you and vital for their work.
So what can you see? Here’s just a selection of the amazing animals you’re helping:
You can even adopt an animal at the end of your visit, though I’m afraid it will have to remain there at Durrell. You’ll have to come back to visit them.
Situated in St Brelade, Reg’s Garden is a magical place for everyone. This relaxing setting is comprised of beautifully landscaped garden including a Koi pond and waterfall.
Your children will especially love the fairy garden, where you’ll find stories relating to the brothers Grimm fairy tales under the many archways. The proceeds from the fairy garden go directly to Children in Need, another worthwhile reason to pay a visit to Reg’s.
Re-opening after the winter in March, the Jersey War Tunnels are a memorial museum to the German occupation of Jersey during WWII.
A walk around the Jersey tunnels is an interactive history of the hardships the people suffered in the second World War. The tour also extends outside where you can peruse the Garden of Reflection or walk the War Trail. This is a popular tourist destination because it is such a sensory experience and of course, something that should never be forgotten. After your trip, you can stop for a cup of tea and bite to eat, The Pantry Café onsite provides the perfect place to get refreshed.
Re-opening after Easter 2015, this wonderful estate is a great place to visit to sample a taste of Jersey wines, brandy, liqueur, chocolates, fudge and biscuits. Sounds pretty tasty!
Open seasonally, La Mere is great for a walk around the beautiful estate, exploring the vineyards, orchards and even taking a guided and tasty tour of specially made Jersey wines.
La Mere is a sophisticated and enjoyable way to pass time on your break in Jersey and you can even stretch out your visit by visiting the Vineyard Restaurant and Terrace, where you can sample fine, freshly prepared Jersey food. And of course, a glass of whatever takes your fancy, you’re at a wine estate after all.
Open from April to November, Elizabeth Castle is set on an islet of St Aubin’s Bay. Accessible by foot or ferry, this is the perfect starting point for examining Jersey’s history.
Famous occupants include, Sir Walter Raleigh, Governor of Jersey 1600-1603 and King Charles II during the English Civil War. Today, the castle serves as monument, so explore it to your heart’s content from top to bottom. You’ll find exhibitions within that give you a more detailed view of the castle’s importance in Jersey’s history.
Jersey is a wonderful place to visit for a short break or your main family holiday. There is so much to do and see on this beautiful Island and our guide is just a starting point.