Experiences | Culture & History | Food & Drink 14 June 2019

Things To Do In St Peter Port

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.


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.

Take time to explore Market Square where you will find a number of cafe's, shops and, on Friday's, the Fresh Friday Markets.

La Vallette Underground Military Museum covers all aspects of Guernsey's military history. It is situated at the south of St Peter Port, alongside the Victorian Bathing Pools. 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.

A short walk further up the hill takes you to the door of the recently-renovated 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.

If you want to uncover more about St Peter Port's hidden past, there are daily guided walks (during the summer months) with an accredited guide. Alternatively, pop into the Guernsey Information Centre where the friendly staff will be able to answer any questions you have and give you suggestions on what you can do on the island.