Explore the island's historic Castles and ancient landmarks, dolmens and Forts, walk the beautiful cliff paths, dotted with tiny bays and fishing harbours, or discover the hidden secrets of the capital St Peter Port. If you don't know where to start, let us show you the way.
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Discover the places in Guernsey that were the settings for the struggles and the friendships of the characters in this internationally loved story. Learn more about the context of the German occupation with visits to fascinating historical sites such as the German Underground Hospital to understand what life was really like in Guernsey at that time.
On your first day get to know St. Peter Port, the setting for many historical events mentioned in the book. A visit to Fountain street, Market Square and the Pollet will take you through the shopping areas popular not just during the occupation, but to this very day. Walk up the High Street then Smith Street to the old Town Hospital (now the Guernsey Police Station) where Elizabeth volunteered. Finish at St Peter Port harbour and take a seat on one of the benches to admire the view of the beautiful seafront of St. Peter Port. This is a must-visit to see where Dawsey Adams worked and where Juliet first set her eyes on Guernsey. This is also a good spot for a tea or lunch break.
Visit the Little Chapel, the tiny church beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and coloured broken china that Dawsey takes Juliet to see. Not far from the Little Chapel is the German Underground Hospital which is a fascinating remnant from the occupation and a great way to learn more about Guernsey's history.
A stroll through the small St. Martins parish lanes will provide you with a glimpse into the places where many of the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie characters lived including Dawsey Adams in La Bouvée and Eben Ramsay on Calais Lane. Keep walking until you reach the magnificent south coast cliffs above Petit Port where Elizabeth first met Christian, the kind German soldier she fell in love with. Keen walkers will enjoy a stroll from Fermain Bay back to St. Peter Port, a walk that Juliet enjoyed and described in the following way: "It's beautiful, a rugged path that wanders up and around the headland."
A journey by car or bus northwards along the fortified West Coast will give you a chance the witness the extraordinary measures taken by the Nazis to fortify Guernsey against invasion. Stop off along the way at the Napoleonic Fort Grey and the many World War Two bunkers still in existence. These are open to the public on certain days and include Fort Saumaurez at the L'Eree headland and Fort Hommet which lies between the sweeping bays of Vazon and Cobo. If you still have time, you may want to continue north along the coast until you reach Le Grand Havre. Pete, who Elizabeth helped to rescue an escaped Todt worker, lived here in a nursing home.
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