Witches, Castles & Famous French Writers

Walk 2

1 Hour
Moderate
91 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) Arcade Steps

The Arcade Steps lead up to Clifton and illustrate how the arcade was carved out of a hill

3) Clifton

4) The Old Quarter

5) Tower Hill

6) Victor Hugo House (Hauteville House)

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

7) Mignot Plateau

Easily accessible views over St Peter Port as well as Herm & Sark

8) National Trust of Guernsey Victorian Shop & Parlour

26 Cornet Street is probably the earliest remaining complete building within the town’s medieval boundaries.

9) Market Square

Market Square was built in the 1770s in the then rectory gardens of the Town Church

10) Albert Statue

The bronze stature of Prince Albert, and the nearby pier, were both built to commemorate the visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1846

11) Albert Pier

The bronze stature of Prince Albert, and the nearby pier, were both built to commemorate the visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1846

12) Model Yacht Pond

The Model Yacht Pond is found on Castle Emplacement in St Peter Port, and is perfect for model boat and yacht sailing or racing

13) 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.

St Peter Port is built on a hill as this walk ably demonstrates. Starting at Town Church, you climb upwards to Victor Hugo's house, a veritable treasure trove. On the way, discover a plaque dedicated to three women who lost their lives after being accused of witchcraft, once a common practice in the Island. At the top, is an area where an ancient fort once stood. If offers wonderful panoramic views of the town and beyond.

The descent passes a lovingly restored Victorian shop before ending in the market square. This part of St Peter Port is a great place to stop for a bite to eat or simply sit in a café and watch the world go by.

Moving on, you have the opportunity to visit one of the town's treasures, Castle Cornet. Its five museums, fabulous views and lovely gardens are a treat and, at midday, you can witness the traditional firing of the noonday gun.

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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