Victor Hugo

Hugo cherished his time in Guernsey and the Island provided much inspiration for his fine works.

The acclaimed French author and poet spent 15 years on the Island while in exile from France. Declaring Guernsey “the rock of hospitality and freedom” in his dedication of Les Travailleurs de la Mer, many consider his time in the Bailiwick to be his most productive writing period.

Hauteville House

Hauteville House was Victor Hugo’s Island home in Guernsey. The only home the author owned, Hauteville House was loving decorated by Hugo and gives great insight into his daily life. Now cared for by the City of Paris, Hauteville House is currently closed for restoration.


Victor Hugo's Garden

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in - what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” Les Mis The beautiful gardens of Victor Hugo's exile home are well worth a stand alone visit and are free to enjoy without entering Hauteville House.


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Victor Hugo’s Statue

Presented to Guernsey by France in recognition of the Island’s hospitality to the much loved author, Victor Hugo’s statue can be found in the beautiful surroundings of Candie Gardens. Depicted ‘mid-stride’ the statue commemorates one of Hugo’s favourite pastimes - exploring the island on foot.


Guided Walks

Step into the author’s shoes and taking a walking tour of the Island. Hugo loved walking the coastal paths from St. Peter Port and there are many local accredited walking guides who offer tours based on Victor Hugo's life in Guernsey.


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