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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Maritime Heritage

With a history of shipbuilding Guernsey’s heritage has always been intrinsically linked to its coastal waters. Acting as a trading link during Roman times, shipbuilding was a huge part of the Island’s history. The island's position and busy port made made it ideal for privateers and smugglers.

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 Apr 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

Unseen history: 75th Anniversary of liberation exhibition

See unique and ‘never before seen’ pictures

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26 Jun 2020 - 28 Jun 2020

Victor Hugo in Guernsey 2020

The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society celebrates and promotes the deep link between Guernsey and Victor Hugo (poet, playwright, humanitarian and the writer of ‘Les Misérables’) during this special weekend in June 2020

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1 Aug 2020 - 2 Aug 2020

Torteval Scarecrow Festival

Take a stroll through the beautiful south west of Guernsey and vote for your favourite scarecrow

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