As well as beautiful beaches, great food and unforgettable scenery, Guernsey boasts a truly fascinating history dating all the way back to the Neolithic period. Discover tales of ancient burials, smuggling and shipwrecks, German occupation and more by visiting these must-see locations in Guernsey.
Guernsey’s coastline is best known for golden sands and dramatic cliffscapes, but it is also littered with intriguing fortifications from various eras. Many were built to guard against an invasion from Napoleon’s army in the early 19th century, and adapted by the occupying German forces during WWII to form part of the “Atlantic Wall”. Head out on a coastal walk or a trip to the beach, and explore Guernsey’s coastal forts and towers as you go!
One of St Peter Port and Guernsey’s most iconic structures, the imposing Castle Cornet guards over the harbour and has been occupied by English, French and German forces at varying points of history. Not only is the castle itself a fascinating attraction; it also houses five museums and four historic gardens, making it the perfect place for heritage lovers to visit. Be sure to visit at midday to watch the firing of the noonday gun!
Set to reopen to the public next month, legendary writer Victor Hugo’s house in St Peter Port is an iconic visitor destination. Discover his curiously decorated chambers, beautifully maintained gardens, and his “crystal” writing room on the top floor offering panoramic views of the neighbouring islands.
Known locally as the “Cup and Saucer”, Fort Grey is an iconic Martello Tower on Guernsey’s west coast. It was built in 1804 and now contains the island’s Shipwreck Museum. Uncover the intriguing stories of nearby wrecks over the past four decades, from HMS Sprightly in 1777 to the Vermontborg in 2003.
Situated in the north of the island, Dehus Dolmen is a prehistoric burial chamber from the Neolithic period. It dates back as far as 3500BC, and is believed to be the tomb of a Celtic chief. Keep an eye out for the fascinating stone carvings, which depict a bearded man and a large bow, known as the “Guardian of the Tomb”.
Interested to learn more about Guernsey’s gripping past? Join us for the 2019 Heritage Festival!