Arts and Culture

The Islands of Guernsey have long been a source of inspiration for writers and artists, and showcase a rich and varied history. From touring the home of Victor Hugo and walking in Renoir’s footsteps on the cliff paths to enjoying a highly-praised annual international literary festival and a thriving local arts and music scene year round, there is so much to dive into on your trip.

  • Follow in Victor Hugo’s Footsteps

    Acclaimed French author and poet Victor Hugo spent 15 years on Guernsey during his exile from France. Many consider his time on the Islands to be his most productive writing period. You can visit his home Hauteville House, now a museum, in the heart of St Peter Port. Hugo would often walk around Guernsey’s picturesque coastline, finding inspiration for his works. You can now follow those same paths on our Victor Hugo Walks.

    Discover Hugo’s Guernsey
  • Take in Renoir’s View

    Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent a month on the Islands in 1883 and created fifteen beautiful depictions of Moulin Huet. The landscape of the South Coast is perfect for a day of exploring, and through the Renoir Walk, with marked vantage points along the route of each painting, you can discover the views he loved that inspired his celebrated works.

    Renoir Walk
  • Guernsey Literary Festival

    The Guernsey Literary Festival is fast-becoming a must-see event in the literary world with previous speakers such as Clare Balding, Sebastian Faulks, Michael Morpurgo, Matt Haig, Richard Dawkins, Ben Fogle and Katie Piper. The Festival also boasts extensive education, family and community programmes, as well as workshops for local writers with top visiting authors.

  • Guernsey Blue Plaques

    Guernsey Blue Plaques are an important part of recognising our history and heritage in our Islands and beyond. Much like the blue plaques in other parts of Britain, the Guernsey Blue Plaque scheme recognises Guernsey people who have made important contributions to the Bailiwick and the wider world. It is intended to enhance awareness amongst the island population and visitors about these important people and where they lived or worked.

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