The Islands of Guernsey boast a rich history, the remains of which can be seen dotted along the coastline of each island. From neolithic structures and an 800 year old fortress to tales of the occupation of the Channels Islands during the Second World War, there is much to discover when visiting our Bailiwick - and not just in our many museums. Walk amongst our history on our cliff paths, in our streets or even underground or jump on a boat trip to see history from a new perspective.

  • WWII German Occupation

    One of the most significant and fascinating periods of Guernsey’s history was when German forces occupied the island during the Second World War. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles under German control during the conflict, and there remains plenty of evidence of their stay; coastlines are dotted with well-preserved fortifications built by German soldiers, and museums hold memories of those times to explore. More recently, the life of occupied islanders was featured in the film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

    Our WW2 History
  • WWII Occupation trails

    Dotted around the Island, you can discover stories of our Islands’ German Occupation in the actual locations they took place. Follow the trail boards using the VisitGuernsey app, to guide you round five intriguing walking, cycling or driving routes.

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  • WWII Stories From Each Island

    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 smaller islands each served a different strategic purpose: From Alderney’s total takeover and evacuation to Herm’s use for landing practices, no island was spared the touch of enemy troops. They also all now celebrate the 1945 Liberation differently according to when they regained their freedom.

    Discover Each Island in WWII
  • 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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