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England's Channel Isles

Jersey

The island of Jersey is unique. Under an hour from many parts of the United kingdom, it has a climate that's better than anywhere in Britain.

Although small just nine miles long by five miles wide, the island of Jersey is remarkably beautiful

Early History

Jersey has a number of prehistoric sites located all over the island. Le Hougue Bie is one of the most impressive prehistoric monuments in Europe. One of the most impressive site is a burial mound which was built around 3800BC. Further north on the east coast is the Faldouet Dolmen, a passage grave dating from 2500BC.



Castles and Manor Houses

In the past Jersey had to ensure that it was well protected from invaders, so there are a number of fortifications other than Elizabeth Castle. Mont Orgueil, which dominates the east coast, was built in the 13th century. However, there are other stately homes which don't have such violent pasts. One of these is Samares Manor, which boasts extensive grounds, herb gardens, a farmyard and craft demonstrations throughout the year.

St Helier

St Helier is the charming, historical capital of Jersey which takes its name from a hermit saint,whose cell still stands on an island in the bay. Next to it sits the 400-year old Elizabeth Castle, which now houses a military museum.



Guernsey

Guernsey measures only 24 square miles Situated only 30 miles from France this beautiful island is home to a variety ofscenery with golden beaches on the West coast and rugged cliffs with stunning views on the Southcoast.

Historical Guernsey

Guernsey's strategic position between France and England has meant that the island has been used over many years as a defensive military position. The island's coastline is dotted with many military defences which can be explored and admired.

Castle Cornet

Guarding the entrance to St Peter Port, this magnificent 13th-century castle has museums on Guernsey's military and maritime history located within its great walls. The carefully restored Victorian Gardens are a pleasing ocation from which to take in the spectacular views of Herm, Sark, and St Peter Port.

Rousse Tower

Rouse Tower is one of 15 loophole towers that were built around Guernsey's coastline around 1778 to protect the coastline from attack. Inside the Tower and Magazine is a detailed story explaining the defence of Guernsey during this period, and from the tower impressive views along the coast can be seen. The tower recently received a commendation from the Society for the Interpretation of Britain's Heritage.


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