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

30 May 10:00 - 12:00

Alderney’s Bunker Day

A special event as part of The European Bunker Day (an open door day at the Atlantic Wall bunker sites along the Western European coast). Learn more about Alderney’s WWII heritage with local experts at this annual event.

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23 Aug 14:30 - 16:00

Ebenezer Le Page – The Story of A Guernsey Man

Keith Pengelley of Thinking On Your Feet is joined by Steve Foote of Blue Ormer Publishing in order to discuss the story of The Book of Ebenezer Le Page – a 20th Century literary classic.

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26 May 15:00 - 17:30

Heritage afternoon Tea

Enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea with a special Q&A session hosted by Gold Accredited Guide, Gill Girard who will be chatting to Annie Barrows, co-author of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society novel

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