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

15 Aug 2020 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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11 Apr 2020

The Bella’s Gin Garden Party

As a nod to the Bella’s own history and as a celebration of 75 years since Guernsey was liberated on 9th May 1945, a special Gin Garden Party will be held in the Bella’s beautiful gardens with swing and jazz music along with period gin cocktails inspired by the 40s.

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Multiple Dates

Autumn Tributes at Cobo Bay Hotel

Book a table to enjoy some great entertainment this autumn from top solo tribute acts after a delicious 2 course buffet in our award-winning restaurant.

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