Looking for a new destination to explore in 2019? Follow in the footsteps of Juliet Ashton from The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, and visit our island gems in the English Channel, near to mainland France. Come and fall in love with our islands this year.
Whether you arrive by boat like Juliet did in the famous novel and film, or by a short flight from one of many UK airports, you can immediately begin exploring all that our islands have to offer.
With sweeping sandy beaches in the west, dramatic cliffs in the south, a charming harbour town in the east and lush, leafy countryside in the interior, there is plenty to discover. Keen walkers can set off on foot or book a tour with an accredited guide - Potato Peel Pie themed tours are even available, taking you to destinations mentioned in the story!
Rural Walking Paths in Guernsey
Discover the many fortifications that remain as relics of the Occupation during the Second World War, many of which you can enter and explore for yourself. This fascinating period of local history is well-preserved through these structures and a range of intriguing museums, so you can really immerse yourself in Occupation life as the members of the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society would have known.
Fortifications at Pleinmont
Guernsey also boasts a distinct culinary identity, with several traditional dishes for you to sample during your stay. While the wartime dish of potato peel pie is difficult to come by, keep an eye out for more appetising foods like Guernsey gâche, a delicious fruit loaf best served with a generous spreading of local butter, and bean jar, a hearty cassoulet type dish. As well as local favourites, Guernsey is home to some of the freshest seafood around, and has a fantastic restaurant scene that makes the very most of the wonderful ingredients on offer.
Guernsey certainly earned Juliet Ashton's seal of approval, and it has also been home to some legends of the arts over the years. Victor Hugo famously resided on the island for 15 years, penning classics like Les Misérables while here. Visit his impressive residence at Hauteville House and marvel at his unique styles of interior decorating, and take in the views at Bordeaux Harbour, the location that inspired his novel Toilers of the Sea.
Hugo was not the only famous Frenchman to be inspired by Guernsey's stunning coastline; Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent the summer of 1883 painting the island's south coast, with a particular focus on Moulin Huet Bay in St Martins.
Moulin Huet Bay, St Martins
Have you been inspired to follow the footsteps of Ashton, Hugo, Renoir and many more?
Begin planning your trip to Guernsey today!