History of Guernsey

Guernsey has a wealth of history waiting to be discovered

Explore castles older than the Tower of London and ancient burial sites dating back to the Neolithic period.

Situated between the Normandy coast and England, the Islands’ unique position makes it perfect for a historical holiday. With a fascinating heritage of neolithic settlement, smuggler adventures and turbulent crossfire between the UK and Europe - Wherever you are, you don't have to travel far to find the past.

Ancient ruins

From ancient dolmens to neolithic standing stones, Guernsey is home to some of the earliest monuments in European history and renowned for its impressive number of neolithic burial sites. Also worth a visit, is the windswept medieval priory on Lihou Island founded by Benedictine monks.

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WWII Occupation & Fortification

One of the most significant periods in the Channel Islands’ history was the German Occupation during World War II. During the Occupation, German troops went about fortifying Guernsey, building reinforced bunkers as well as adapting existing fortifications which still punctuate the coastline today.

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Shrine of the Sacred Heart – special openings

‘Shell Shrine’ is a Second World War German Searchlight bunker on Fort Hommet headland at Vazon transformed from a place of war into a place of peace and beauty made entirely using local seashells.

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Occupation Explorer

An exclusive opportunity to join a local born accredited guide on a small group tour visiting some of the most interesting sites depicting this part of Guernsey’s history.

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15 Aug 14:00 - 17:00

Special opening: Batterie Mirus

A self-guided tour of one of the Batterie Mirus gun emplacements and outer defences, with experts on hand. Park at La Houguette Primary School in the parish of St Peter’s and follow the directions.

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