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Walk in the Footsteps of Victor Hugo

Walk 12

2 Hour
111 m
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1) Victor Hugo Statue

Sculpted by the Breton sculptor Jean Boucher, the statue was unveiled in July 1914

2) Victoria Tower

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

3) The Greffe & The Prison

The Greffe houses Guernsey's registry office, courts and is the heart of the islands legal system. Guernsey's old prison, but in 1811, was also in this area.

4) St Peter Port Seafront

5) 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.

6) Guernsey Markets

Victor Hugo enjoyed visiting the market buildings and was impressed

7) The Old Quarter

8) Castle Cornet & Its Museums

Castle Cornet, Guernsey's ancient royal fortress, has stood guard over the town and harbour of St Peter Port for nearly eight centuries.

9) Havelet Bay

Victor Hugo would regularly swim in Havelet Bay and refers to it in his novel Toilers of the Sea

10) Victor Hugo House (Hauteville House)

Hauteville House was home to famous French writer Victor Hugo, during his time in exile from France.

This St Peter Port walk will lead you around some of Victor Hugo's favourite St Peter Port haunts. The Les Miserables author spent 15 years in exile in Guernsey from 1855 and the island provided the inspiration for many of his well-known works. 2014 commemorates the centenary of the unveiling of the Victor Hugo statue, situated in the picturesque gardens of Candie Museum. Collect the key from here for nearby Victoria Tower, where the French poet would meet his lover, Juliette Drouet, in secret. The tower offers spectacular panoramic views across the town and to neighbouring islands.

Promenade along the seafront towards the capital's church, which is referenced in Les Travailleurs de la Mer and on to the curiosity and antique shops of the Old Quarter. Take a break, or a dip, in Havelet Bay. Castle Cornet provides the stunning backdrop for this town beach that was a favourite of Victor Hugo's. This walk ends at his beloved home, Hauteville House, which is now an immaculately-preserved museum which offers a fascinating insight into his life in Guernsey.

Download the audio description with Island FM's Andrew Senneck providing the voice over.  The audio offers insightful information to make the walk even more enjoyable.  Alternatively, you can download the walk map.  

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