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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What's on

1 May - 16 May

Guernsey Loophole Towers exhibition

*Postponed until May* An open exhibition of ‘Guernsey Loophole Towers’ at Sula Gallery to coincide with a talk entitled ‘Loop Tower 14 – Its History & Restoration’.

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Lihou Island - Guided Walk

*Postponed until August* Walk with Gill Girard across a cobbled causeway to the most westerly of the Channel Islands: Lihou Island.

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H75: Towers & Bunkers

A one-hour cruise to see and learn about the German occupation of the island and to see its formidable sea-facing defences from the best viewpoint.

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