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Visiting Guernsey from the US & Canada

The 2018 release of the critically acclaimed film “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” shone a spotlight upon the island of Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency situated between England and France. More specifically, the isle’s fascinating past was revealed through stories of the German Occupation during the Second World War.

In the present day, Guernsey is a popular holiday destination offering exceptional hospitality and beautiful scenery as well as an intriguing past for you to discover. Read on to learn more about visiting the island that inspired the movie!

GETTING HERE

While you cannot fly directly to Guernsey from the United States or Canada, connecting flights are available from many international and regional airports in the UK.

Direct flights operate year round from London Gatwick and Stansted, plus Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Exeter, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Southampton with either Aurigny or Flybe. Return flights from London Gatwick to Guernsey with Aurigny are from £82 / US$106 per person and flight time is one hour. Return flights from Southampton to Guernsey with Flybe are from £60 / US$78 per person.

Regular car ferry services to Guernsey run from the south coast of England and from north-west France. Return car ferries from Poole and Portsmouth to Guernsey with Condor Ferries are from £250 / US$326, carrying two passengers.

Once here, the island’s compact size makes getting around a breeze. Many attractions will be within walking distance of wherever you choose to stay, while buses can take to where you need to go at the modest cost of £1 per journey.

WHERE TO STAY

The island has 50 hotels ranging from the five-star Old Government House Hotel to smaller two star hotels.

Guernsey also has guest houses, self-catering cottages and holiday apartments and boutique hotels including the four star La Fregate from £205 / US$267 for a sea-view room per night B&B, four star Bella Luce from £112 / US$146 per room per night, the three star Fleur du Jardin from £84 / US$110 per room per night and four star The Farmhouse from £75 / US$98 per room per night.

Camping is also available with Fauxquets Valley Campsite from just £10 / US$13 per night.

Visit our Stay pages for the full choice of accommodation in the Bailiwick of Guernsey!

THE POTATO PEEL PIE EXPERIENCE

When visiting Guernsey, it is impossible not to notice the many reminders of the Occupation era dotted around the island. Popular sandy beaches are guarded by German sea defences, and a walk through the island’s leafy countryside can reveal hidden wartime bunkers.

Guernsey’s heritage is superbly preserved, and many of these impressive fortifications are open for you to explore at your leisure! There are also several excellent museums that tell the story of the island during the Occupation, as well as shedding light on other periods of our island’s turbulent and highly interesting past.

Tour guides offer experiences centred on the award-winning novel and film, introducing you to the key locations that inspired the story and painting a picture of the lives of your favorite characters.

Despite all of Guernsey’s historical intrigue, the island cannot be accused of living in the past. Nowadays it is a vibrant destination with luxurious hotels, exceptional dining and breath-taking scenery.

You can unwind on one of the island’s many golden sandy bays, take a shopping trip around the charming harbour town of St Peter Port, or lace up your walking boots and head for the south coast cliffs for a hike.

However you choose to spend your stay with us, you will no doubt experience a very warm welcome and make some unforgettable memories!

Want to discover the story of Guernsey for yourself? Begin planning your visit today!