Guernsey is a place for everything. A suitable place for vacation and also for learning. It is a British crown dependency that comprises part of the Channel Islands. With its overwhelming historical sites, predominant of English speaking natives and overabundance of festivals, this place is filled with entertaining and interesting crowd.
Guernsey has many smaller islands surrounding it which namely Herm, Sark, Alderney, Burhou, Jethou, Brechou, Little Sark and Lihou with a total of 78 kms in stretch. All these island join together to make the place look more like a fairy land. Guernsey was simply the tip of a cape jutting into the English Channel, when it and other freshly-originated surrounding islands broke off around 6000 BC. Neolithic farmers took up shop in the area, and created three menhirs (Breton for ‘long stone’; also known as a monolith) which can even be seen now.
The term “Sarnia” denotes the area in which people celebrate their festivals and other celebrations. This term actually has emerged in connection to the Roman tradition. Around 933 when the Duchy of Normandy annexed the islands from the Duchy of Brittany all of the Roman way of traditions changed. When Governor took control over Guernsey, Sark and Alderney in the 15th century everything changed even more.
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Transportation in Guernsey
Guernsey has two ports and two airports. The two famous ports are St. Peters and St. Sampsons and the airports are Guernsey and Alderney that give great service for the people.
Getting to Guernsey
It is not at all a difficult task to get to Guernsey because there are plenty of airline services to the city both domestic and international. The Guernsey International Airport is just situated six km southwest of St. Peter’s Port and can be accessed very easily.
There are also quite a few ferry services that offer services to the area namely Emeraude Jersey Ferries only explores the trip from Jersey to St, Malo and back, whereas Condor Ferries stops in Portsmouth, Poole, Weymouth, Cherbourg, Guernsey, Jersey and St. Malo. Anyone can visit the island of Sark while visiting Guernsey by boarding into the Isle of Sark Shipping Company’s ferry.
Local Transportation in Guernsey
Guernsey has an outstanding local bus facility which can be accessible online. But most travellers prefer walking or biking along the countryside for the roads are really excellent and at the same time one can enjoy the landscape too. The bus costs 50 pence for a one-way ride, although trips around the island on Routes 7 or 7A are two single fares of 50 pence each. Bus stops can be found in many places and are not a problem at all.
There is also a taxi service in Guernsey which is run by the local government of Guernsey, which normally has ranks at the following locations: St. Peter’s Port at the top of Smith Street, Quay Albany, and the States Office. When taxis are not seen you can depend on the near by free phone to call for one. In this way getting a taxi would not be a problem. Sightseeing on Guernsey
Sightseeing on Guernsey
King’s College Chapel Guernsey
Most travellers prefer first to see the internationally renowned King’s College Chapel for its grand architecture and beauty. The astonishing feature is the world-famous choir that makes the place greater.
There are many interesting and surprising place to be covered in Guernsey and among them is the island where w can see the works done by the Neolithic man such as menhirs and dolmens. These are actually burial chambers done in such a way to project their culture and historic tradition and this is the reason why they are built above the ground and are surprisingly surviving till now.
La Varde Dolmen is the largest of the many Monoliths and it stands close to the 17th green of L’Ancresse golf course. And several of them can be found at Hougue de Dehus, Le Creux de Feies (the Fairies’ Grotto), La Varde, Les Fouillages, and Le Trepid.
Forts and Museums on Guernsey
Guernsey is rich for its forts, mansions and museums. It has lot of remarkable places that tells the historic grandness of the city.
Castle Cornet Guernsey
Built in 1250 near St. Peter’s Port, Castle Cornet is one of these amazing leftovers which actually was built for the purpose of defending the invading French army. Later occupied by the Germans it was used for several purposes and it became a popular rest place for them. Fortunately, people who were using it kept it alive and preserved from ruins and thus even now we can see some remarkable things in the castle.
Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery
Located at the Candie Gardens, is the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery built on the same site and is still an important site to visit.
La Vallette German Underground Museum
The most fascinating place to see is the La Vallette German Underground Museum, which is housed in a maze of tunnels originally built by the Germans to store fuel for U-Boats (submarines), station in Guernsey.
Other Places of Interest
Other places in the city include a Postal Museum, a German Military Underground Hospital, a Telephone Museum, a Folk Museum, and the German Occupation Museum.
The Pleinmont Observation Tower
This tower gives a spectacular view of the entire southwest section of Guernsey. It was built for the observatory purpose during the Second World War. This beautiful tower is standing even now as a symbol glorifying those heroic days.
An Evening Walk on Guernsey
Many collections from the past have been preserved in the market place. A walk around town can make you sense those ancient times, with the woodcarvers (La Rue de Issues), Le Tricoteur (The Knitter; famous for the Guernsey sweater, along La Rue du Catrioroc), Guernsey pottery, pearl stringing, flower growing (one of Guernsey’s main exports), and clockmakers.
Festivals and Events
The Battle of the Flowers
As the most celebrated festival, the battle of flowers is conducted grandly along with many events for the North Show. The North Show, along with it’s sister events the South and West Shows, host a range of entertainment styles and beckon a party-like atmosphere from both islanders and visitors to Guernsey. This grand show should never be missed.
The Guernsey Floral Show and Viaer Marchi
Another interesting celebration in Guernsey is the Floral Show and Viaer Marchi both of which are great entertaining shows. Both these shows display things that are taken from life and are worth visiting.
The Guernsey Liberation Day
As a token of remembrance of the freedom from the German occupation, The Guernsey Liberation Day is celebrated on 9th of May. In this day all shops and offices are closed and people from all over the city get into the rhythm of celebration.