Seafront, bombings & historic gardens

Walk 1

1 Hour
Easy
80 m
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1) Town Church

A church was first recorded on this site in 1048. It is recognised by The Guinness Book of Records as the tavern closest to a church in the British Isles' due to its close proximity to the Albion House Tavern.

2) Crown (Victoria) Pier

In the 13th century, this was a simple timber quay but by 1750 the old harbour has been created. Old warehouses along the seafront are now shops and restaurants, retaining many original features.

3) The Weighbridge

On June 28th 1940, two days before the start of the German Occupation this was the site of an air raid bombing, that destroyed part of this building.

4) Liberation Monument

The Liberation Monument was erected in 1995 to mark the 50th Anniversary of Guernsey's Liberation

5) Les Cotils Gardens

12 acres of award winning grounds (Floral Guernsey St Peter Port Gold Award 2012), which benefit from beautiful colour from spring through to autumn.

6) Cambridge Park

Cambridge Park offers wide open space with several playing fields and a leafy tree-lined pedestrian avenue. Houses a plaque commemorating the last duel to be fought on the island.

7) Priaulx Library

Built 200 years ago, this former private residence is now the Priaulx Library; Guernsey's premier centre for local studies and family history research.

8) Victoria Tower

The tower was built to commemorate a surprize visit paid to the island in 1846 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

9) Candie Cemetery

Based on the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

10) Candie Gardens

Restored Victorian Candie Gardens offer the best view across St Peter Port harbour, and statues of Victor Hugo and Queen Victoria.

11) Guernsey Museum at Candie

Guernsey Museum houses permanent exhibitions of Archaeology, folklore and treasure of Guernsey and an art gallery running alongside temporary exhibitions that change throughout the year.

12) Elizabeth College

Designed by John Wilson, Daniel de Lisle Brock was instrumental in raising the funds required to build the main building as we now see it. Founded in 1563 under the orders of Queen Elizabeth I.

13) St James Concert Hall

St James was completed as a chapel in 1818. Restored in 1981, it is now a concert hall and home to the Guernsey Tapestry.

14) Sunken Gardens

The site of the former St Paul's Church.

15) Smith Street

Ahead is Boots the Chemist, once home to Major General Sir Isaac Brock, the man who is credited with saving Canada from American invasion in 1812.

St Peter Port is said to have one of the prettiest harbours in Europe and is where you begin this walk. The Second World War had a huge impact on the island and this route will take you past the site of a 1940 bombing that claimed the lives of 33 islanders. Two days later, the island would start a five-year long German occupation.

Meander to the top of town and you will discover beautiful parks and gardens, once the private residences of wealthy merchants in the 18th century. They offer spectacular views across the town and beyond to the neighbouring islands. This walk takes you past the capital's finest buildings, including Victoria Tower. When French author Victor Hugo lived in exile in the islands in the 19th century, he carved both his name and that of his mistress, Juliette Drouet, into the wall at the top of the tower, a place where they would secretly meet. St Peter Port has a wide selection of restaurants to choose from if you fancy a bite to eat. Alternatively, stop off at one of many cafes when you can relax, enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.

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