Culture, Arts & History

The Islands of Guernsey have long been a source of inspiration for writers and artists, and showcase a rich and varied history. From neolithic structures and an 800 year old fortress to fascinating museums and a highly-praised annual international literary festival, as well as a thriving local arts and music scene, 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
  • Second World War Occupation

    Each of the Islands of Guernsey had distinct experiences during the Second World War, becoming part of the Atlantic Wall when German troops arrived to claim the Islands. The history of the Occupation can be found in museums and but is also notably visible around the island with fortifications dotted along the coastline. More recently, the life of occupied islanders was featured in the film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

    Learn about the Occupation
  • 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
  • 1000 years of History

    History is never far away on the Islands of Guernsey. Guernsey is home to some of the oldest monuments in European history dating back to 3500 BCE including from dolmens to neolithic standing stones and burial grounds. As well as these ancient structures you can find impressive fortresses and castles, from Fort Grey to Castle Cornet, there is always somewhere new to discover.

    Heritage Activities

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