Getting to Know Guernsey

The Bailiwick of Guernsey boasts a certain kind of mystery that is extremely enticing to many. The idea of visiting this little-known group of islands, so close to home yet so very different too, is a fascinating concept.

Whether you’re only hearing of Guernsey for the first time, or are considering booking a holiday, below are a few things you should know about our isles.

Where exactly is Guernsey?

Guernsey, along with its sister islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm, is situated in the English Channel between the United Kingdom and France. Despite being an English-speaking island, it is actually much closer to mainland Europe than it is to Great Britain’s south coast.

Due to its location, Guernsey experiences more hours of daylight and typically warmer weather than the UK, making it a great place to visit for a summer holiday.

How big is Guernsey?

The island of Guernsey itself is just 65 square kilometres in size, which means there’s nothing out of your range during your stay! You could drive the whole way around our coastline in around an hour, but we’d suggest taking it slow and enjoying our relaxed pace of life, sandy beaches and unforgettable sea views.

Many attractions will likely be within walking distance for you, while our convenient bus service costs just £1 per journey and can take you almost anywhere you want to go!

What’s the capital of Guernsey?

Guernsey’s capital is the harbour town of St Peter Port, the island’s largest settlement and home to a wide selection of fantastic restaurants, hotels, bars and shops.

Situated on the island’s east coast, it will be your point of arrival if visiting by ferry, and is also where boats to Herm, Sark and Alderney set sail.

Do you need a passport to go to Guernsey?

While Guernsey is neither part of the United Kingdom or the European Union, visitors coming from the UK can enter without a visa and don’t even need a passport to visit!

With short travel times and no need for any documentation other than a valid driving license, visiting Guernsey could hardly be less hassle.

What currency does Guernsey use?

If you’re visiting from the UK, there’s no need to worry about foreign exchange rates. Guernsey uses the pound sterling as its currency, so the money in your wallet can be spent here without a problem!

Don’t be confused if you receive some unfamiliar coins or banknotes in your change though, as Guernsey issues its own variants. These include the one-pound note, which is still in use here.

Why should I visit Guernsey?

There are a whole host of reasons to come and experience our beautiful Bailiwick. Boasting picturesque scenery, clean beaches, fascinating heritage and a renowned restaurant scene, there truly is something for everybody.

Browse our website to find out more about visiting Guernsey, or begin planning your stay today!