Many holidaymakers choose to remain on the UK mainland for their short break. However, there is a hidden gem within the British Isles that you may not be aware of, and if you’re planning a short break in the UK, you definitely should be.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a collection of small islands that are actually closer to France than England. They are English-speaking, but the islands do have a continental feel to them. Whether it’s the relaxed pace of life, the cosmopolitan town of St Peter Port or the distinctly Gallic place names, it certainly is a unique destination for your short break. Furthermore, if you are a resident of the UK, you don’t need a passport to travel there!
The island is easily accessed, with flights as short as just half an hour from UK mainland airports including Southampton, Gatwick, Manchester and Exeter. Alternatively, ferry services run from Poole and Portsmouth to Guernsey’s pretty harbour town, St Peter Port. After a swift and stress-free journey to the island, you’ll find it just as easy to get around once you’re there, due to its small size and excellent transport system. This means you can do plenty in just a couple of days, fitting everything you’d like to do into your short break!
Despite the islands being small, there is plenty to do during your visit, whatever you are interested in. Adventurous types can take to the waters and try some water sports. Keen walkers can explore the coastal trails and cliff paths. History lovers are spoilt for choice with well-preserved fortifications and intriguing museums. Those who love to relax can simply chill out on a sandy beach, or book in for a luxurious spa treatment. There really is something for everyone to enjoy during their short break!
Beyond daytime activities, visitors will also be delighted with the quality and variety of accommodation on the islands of Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney. From luxury hotels to quaint cottages, there is something to suit every party. Furthermore, the islands are renowned for the superb standard of food. Whether you’re looking for an indulgent three-course meal or something more suitable for the family, you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re looking for a brief getaway to a new and exciting place, with a wealth of choices and things to do, then begin planning your short break in Guernsey today!