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

Things To Do In St Peter Port

When spending a day in Guernsey's capital St Peter Port, you can explore independent shops, historic sites, world-class restaurants, boutique coffee shops and castles. 

There is so much to do in our town, and we've compiled a list of some of the best things to do on your trip here.

Central St Peter Port

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 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, 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.

If you're looking for restaurants to walk into without a reservation, we have some recommendations. Read them here.

Candie Gardens

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 and Art Gallery. The tearoom has lovely views over the town and across to neighbouring islands.

Market Square and Old Town

Take time to explore Market Square where you will find a number of cafes and shops.

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 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 townhouse has been preserved as a museum, which captures the French writer's eccentric life with its amazing collection of furniture and artefacts.

Guided Walks

If you want to uncover more about St Peter Port's hidden past, there are daily guided walks during the Spring and Autumn Walking Festivals lead by accredited guides. 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.

In town, you'll find a range of events taking place most days. You can find a list of what's on here.

Find out more about St Peter Port here.

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