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St Peter Port

With its cobbled streets and picturesque seafront marina, it is easy to see why St Peter Port is considered one of Europe's prettiest harbour towns. Guernsey's capital has been a busy port since Roman times.

Castle Cornet has stood guard over the town for 800 years. Once cut off by the tide, it now provides a spectacular backdrop to the town as well as staging theatre productions and musical events. St Peter Port's centrepiece is its beautiful church, which is believed to be the closest church to a pub in the British Isles. If you want to learn more about the island's history, head to the Guernsey Tapestry at the Gallery in St James Concert Hall, wander through the beautiful Candie Gardens or explore Hauteville House, home to French writer Victor Hugo. If you would rather just take it easy, explore the boutique shopping, then sit back and relax with a coffee or bite to eat and watch the world go by.

Shopping Exploring St Peter Port

Shopping in the Old Quarter

St Peter Port still has a thriving independent retailer scene, which offers visitors a unique shopping experience.

Boutique shopping St Peter Port shopping quote

The High Street has retained much of its charm with small boutiques and gift shops jostling for space alongside larger branded stores. St Peter Port may be small but it is perfectly formed - shopping in Guernsey offers plenty of choice if you want to treat yourself to a new wardrobe of clothes. The many of family-run businesses mean that no two shops are the same.

Shopping in St Peter Port Fresh Friday Market, St Peter Port

There is a good variety of jewellery shops, from the affordable to the luxury, as well as the latest in technology and photography equipment. Each week the Fresh Friday market brings Market Square to life bringing local suppliers to the town to sell their produce from across the island.

Souvenir shopping and the Fresh Friday Market

Souvenir shopping Fresh Friday market

The town really excels in the variety it offers, especially if you venture towards the outskirts. The Old Quarter is an eclectic mix of antique shops and locally made craft shops where you can find a lovingly made memento of your holiday or a treasured gift.

Old Quarter shopping

Many goods are priced extremely competitively in Guernsey as excise duty rates are lower than those in Britain.

view over St Peter Port

From Castle Cornet, protector of the port for over 800years, to Tower Hill, where witches were burned at the stake in the 16th century, Guernsey's capital has a fascinating story to tell.

It is easy to imagine the port town in the 18th and 19th century when it was a shipbuilding centre and main route for trade coming in and out of the UK. Scratch the surface and you will discover the Barriere stones, which mark the limits of the old Medieval town.

St Peter Port High Street Al fresco dining

St Peter Port harbour at sunset

At the top of town is Candie Gardens. Once the formal gardens of a private home, they are now open for the public to enjoy and house the Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery. The tearoom has lovely views over the town and across to neighbouring islands. Castle Cornet has been at the forefront of the island's history for hundreds of years and there are five museums inside its walls to explore.

ythythyn St Peter Port harbour

La Vallette Underground Military Museum covers all aspects of Guernsey's military history. It is situated on a 19th century promenade south of St Peter Port, alongside the Victorian Bathing Pools and The Guernsey Aquarium. The Old Victorian Shop in Cornet Street acts as a historic shop and museum, which highlights islanders home life of the past. The street weaves up to the top of Tower Hill, an area of town steeped in folklore and tales of witches and ghosts.

If you take the steep cobbled steps that lead down to the seafront from beside the Cock and Bull pub in Cornet Street you will see the remains of a time when witches were considered a real threat. If you look closely at the wide wooden doors of the private houses that line the top of the alley, you will see circles burnt into them which were thought to ward off witches and evil spirits. A short walk further up the hill takes you to the door of Hauteville House, where Victor Hugo lived between 1856 and 1870. His town house has been preserved as a museum, which captures the French writer's eccentric life with its amazing collection of furniture and artefacts.

Tower Hill Hauteville House, home of Victor Hugo

If you want to uncover more about St Peter Port's hidden past, Accredited Guides are available to take you on a variety of guided walks or pick up a copy of our Map of St Peter Port, with five trails taking you to different areas of the town.