10 Picturesque Things To See And Do In Jersey, UK

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The island of Jersey is a place full of confusing little complexities. Situated in the Channel between France and the UK, it’s closer in geography to the former, but a territory of the latter. These complexities throw up others, and the feeling experienced by many visitors here will be that they are neither in one place nor the other. English and French are both widely spoken here and because of this, you might find yourself wondering whether you’re in the UK or in France. In truth, the answer is “neither”. You’re in Jersey.

Read on to learn about the best things to do in the area!

1. 1. Get to grips with history at Mont Orgueil Castle

Jersey - Mont Orgueil 01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Paweł 'pbm' Szubert used under CC BY-SA 3.0

This 13th-Century castle has undergone modifications over the years to ensure its security against different types of warfare. In 1940, however, its close proximity to occupied France meant that Jersey was occupied by the Nazis, who utilised Mont Orgueil as a surveillance post. Their modifications, designed to fit in with the overall structure of the castle, remain intact today as a historical artefact. Entry prices of 12.20 GBP (or 16 USD) are well worth paying for the experience.

Mont Orgueil

Address: Castle Green, Gorey, St Martin JE3 6ET, Jersey

Website: Mont Orgueil

2. 2. Immerse yourself in 1940s life at the Jersey War Tunnels

Let 'em starve Winston Churchill Jersey War Tunnels
Source: Photo by user Jersey Tourism used under CC BY 2.0

Dug and maintained by slave labour during the War, these tunnels were turned into a living museum after liberation and now highlight what life was like under Nazi occupation. Your ticket of entry is a copy of a real identity card issued to islanders at the time, and part of your visit is to research what that person experienced; a stark yet brilliant way of bringing to life the wartime experience on this island.

Jersey War Tunnels

Address: Les Charrières Malorey, St Lawrence JE3 1FU, Jersey

Website: Hohlgangsanlage 8

3. 3. Get prehistoric at La Hougue Bie.

If the 1940s and even the 13th Century aren’t far enough back for you, how about 3500 BCE? At La Hougue Bie, you can find one of Europe’s earliest “passage graves”. A medieval chapel sits on top of the mound that houses the grave and there’s much more to explore, such as a museum of archaeology and a preserved World War II bunker. Entry is just under 9 GBP, or around 11 USD.

La Hougue Bie

Address: La Route de la Hougue Bie, Grouville, Jersey

Website: La Hougue Bie Museum

4. 4. Get more modern by viewing the Mansell Collection

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

After several trips deep into history, there must be something for people with a more present-day range of interests? Yes, of course - for example, fans of motoring and motorsport will be enthralled by this tribute to four-wheeled transport. Bestowed by former world motor racing champion (and island local) Nigel Mansell, the exhibit includes a dedication to Mansell’s 1992 Formula One Championship triumph - won less than a year before his Indycar victory in the USA. Entry is 10 GBP for adults - about 12.25 USD.

Mansell Collection

Address: Saint Aubin’s Road, Saint Helier JE2 3SD, Jersey

Website: The Mansell Collection

5. 5. Feel the sand under your feet at St. Brelade's Bay

St Brelades Church with Fisherman's Chapel
Source: Photo by user Andy Hawkins used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Recognised as one of the top three UK beaches, St. Brelade’s Bay really doesn’t need much more than that fact alone to sell it. However, if you still need convincing, check out the view from the beach or bribe yourself with a walk along the lush sands, followed by a hearty meal in one of the many local seafood restaurants. Why not take in a view of the Fisherman’s Chapel on the beach’s western side for good measure?

St. Brelade's Bay

Address: St. Brelade, Jersey

Website: St. Brelade’s Bay

6. 6. Bring it all together at the Jersey Museum

It’s fair to say that there has been so much history on the island of Jersey that picking a specific period to focus on can be hard. So why bother? At the Jersey Museum and Art Gallery, you can see it all - from the first people arriving here (a quarter of a million years back), to the occupation in wartime. You can hear the island’s Jerriais dialect - a heritage language the islanders are fighting to keep alive. Want to know how Jersey became so British despite being so French? Here is where you’ll find out!

Jersey Museum & Art Gallery

Address: The Weighbridge, St Helier JE2 3NG, Jersey

Website: Jersey Museum & Art Gallery

7. 7. Take a ride on Le Petit Train

Even those who struggled with high school French will know that “Le Petit Train” means “The Little Train”. In actual fact, there are several little trains which run on a regular basis from Liberation Square in St. Helier, to the beautiful village of St. Aubin, in the west of the island. Although all routes on Jersey are scenic, the south-coast route these little trains take at a price of 8.50 GBP (a little over 10 USD) is one of the most charming.

Le Petit Train

Address: Liberation Square, St Helier, Jersey E2 3NA

Website: Le Petit Train

8. 8. Take in the wonders of Elizabeth Castle

When Mont Orgueil alone was no longer enough to protect Jersey from invasion, Elizabeth Castle was built on a small rocky island off the coast of St. Helier. Begun in 1590, this splendid castle hosts live re-enactments of battles that took place here. It can be reached by amphibious ferry or a captivating walk along the causeway at low tide. The castle alone is worth the trip and the 13.95 GBP entry fee (approximately 18 USD).

Elizabeth Castle

Address: St. Aubin’s Bay, St Helier JE2 3NU,

Website: Elizabeth Castle

9. 9. Feel free to explore Liberation Square

best things to do in jersey uk | feel free to explore liberation square
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Named to commemorate Jersey’s liberation in 1945, Liberation Square is the central meeting place of St. Helier and a fine attraction in itself. At its centre is the Liberation monument, depicting islanders waving a Union flag in celebration of the defeat of the Nazis. The sculpture is interactive, allowing tourists to mingle with the sculpted islanders. Having rested here for a while, it may be worth checking out one of the many cafes that flank the square.

Liberation Square

Address: St. Helier, Jersey JE2 3NA

Website: Liberation Square

10. 10. Illuminate your trip with a visit to Corbiere Lighthouse

Corbiere Lighthouse
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Marilyn Peddle used under CC BY 2.0

The coastline around Jersey, though picturesque and serene from dry land, is less so when trying to navigate a boat around it. As a result, this iconic lighthouse was built to warn mariners of the dangers of getting too close. This is a place you must visit, as much for the spectacular cliffs as the lighthouse itself, which is truly something special. Tickets for the guided tour are 15 GBP, or about 19.50 USD.

Corbiere Lighthouse

Address: La Rue de La Corbiere, St. Brelade, Jersey

Website: Corbiere Lighthouse

Take your next break by the Jersey shore ... not that one!

Anyone making the trip to Jersey will be enthralled by the scenery, the shops and the history which pours off every edifice on the island. Some of the attractions may be harrowing at times - but they are important to see and acknowledge, as they serve to make the many light points of Jersey shine all the brighter. It’s not French and it’s not British - it’s Jerriais, which gives the best of both worlds.

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Antonia Kelly is a freelance writer based in Leicester, UK and she enjoys European travel as well as road trips closer to home. Her favourite domestic destinations include Snowdonia and the Brecon...Read more

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