Within sight of the French coast, the Bailiwick of Guernsey awaits with its luscious coastlines, white sand beaches and beautiful harbours full of old-world charm.
Proudly independent, the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm offer more than enough to satisfy your Channel Island holiday. The French connection jumps out from the road names, but English is the official language.
With a rich and vast history, first-class cuisine, stunning seascapes and more, the Channel Islands make a perfect holiday destination.
How to Get Here
Several UK airports including London Gatwick and Manchester offer flights to the Channel Islands with Aurigny Air Services, Flybe or Blue Islands flying direct to Guernsey.
Alternatively, you can travel to the Channel Islands via ferry. Condor from England or France gets you to Guernsey in a few hours. Make it a road trip and bring your car along with you to explore the quiet roads.
Want a stress-free weekend break? Guernsey, a 40-minute flight from London Gatwick, has easy access to all of the islands. Sark is 40 minutes away by boat and Herm only 20 minutes. Fitting all three of these beautiful islands in a mere 3 days is an easy, relaxing way to spend your Channel Island break.
Where to Stay
The choice is yours. From luxury five-star retreats, to high-end hotels in the heart of St Peter Port, to a family-friendly accommodation by the sea, the Channel Islands have it all. You can spend your holiday in the Channel Islands under canvas, gazing out across the islands from picturesque campsites.
Things to do:
The islands offer miles of striking coastline paths to discover, making them a hiker’s holiday dream. At sea level, this short-haul paradise is set apart by beautiful, clean beaches making the islands a fantastic holiday destination. Enjoy locally caught fish and seafood at the popular restaurants and cafés all over the islands. Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port, in particular has a huge number of restaurants within a stone’s throw of each other all vying to give your the best culinary experiences on your Channel Island holiday.
With its flower covered ground and castaway feel, white sandy beaches and turquoise blue shores, you’ll mistake this 1.5 mile long island for something in the Caribbean. Herm is located 3 miles from Guernsey and, like Sark, is only reachable by ferry or private boat. Most visitors come to Herm for a day trip from Guernsey, making your ultimate weekend Channel Island break one of a kind.
The car revolution never reached Sark. The only forms of transport here are tractors, horses and carts, and bicycles, which is one of most immediate signs you’ve arrived somewhere just a little bit different. One of the main attractions is La Coupée. A natural, and very narrow, bridge that connects the main island to Little Sark, with dramatic drops either side.
Step outside at night and you’ll quickly realise why Sark recently became the world’s first Dark Sky Island. Your eyes are all you need to take in one of the best views of the night sky you’ll get in the British Isles. You can take it further of course, with numerous stargazing events throughout the year. No Channel Island holiday is complete without visiting this truly unique destination.