The closest of the Channel Islands to France, Alderney has enviable sandy bays, natural environment, historical intrigue and a unique character.
Experience the warm and welcoming surroundings of the most northerly isle which offers a peaceful escape from the stresses of modern life. The island is recognised for its rich and varied wildlife; including the rare blonde hedgehod, the largest population of Glanville Fritillary butterflies in the British Isles and a huge colony of northern gannets and puffins nesting just offshore. It also boasts over 50 miles of walks, which wind their way along magnificent cliffs and coves, across golden bays and windswept commons, past Victorian fortresses, WW2 batteries and alongside a scenic golf course. With its clean and uncrowded sandy bays, such as Braye and Longis, Alderney has some of the finest beaches in the Channel Islands.
In St Anne - the capital - you'll find a community of colour-washed houses, cobbled streets ans shop that has at its centre a magnificent church, known as 'the cathedral of the Channel Islands'. Alderney is renowned for it's hospitality, with many welcoming pubs and restaurants - there's even a standard guage railway (the only one in the Channel Islands) complete with ex-London Underground coaches.
Great things in Alderney
Discover the Island with one of seven self-guided walks, including Longise Nature Reserve, the Gannet Trail and the Alderney Stones.
Alderney is home to almost 300 species of bird, and includes 2% of the world's northern gannet population, and the puffins and storm petrels nesting on Burhou.
Run by enthusiastic volunteers, Alderney is home to the only working railway in the Channel Islands.
Discover Alderney's History
Alderney's history spans over 5,000 years. "The Nunnery" is one of the best-preserved Roman forts in Britain. The island is also home to Victorian Fortresses and WW2 bunkers and camps with many artefacts displayed in the award-winning museum.
Getting to Alderney
The easiest way to get to our most northern isle is by air. It’s just a 15 min flight with Aurigny and, on a clear day, offers incredible views. If you want to take your pet island hopping, they are allowed on Aurigny flights and can travel in the cabin with their owners. If you are visiting between April and Sept, you can travel by ferry, which takes around an hour. The Victor Hugo is operated by Manche Iles Express and leaves from the Inter Island Quay in St Peter Port. You can also take the Bumblebee ferry from Guernsey.
Alderney is the largest of our sister islands, so hire a car or bikes to make the most of your trip.
There is a good selection of cafes, restaurants and kiosks on the island, as well as a number of good quality hotel restaurants, which can be pre-booked.