When it comes to the Channel Islands, nowhere is more well-known than Jersey. The largest island in the archipelago, Jersey is famous for its quaint towns, stunning beaches and rugged cliffs. This British dependency island is closer to France than it is the UK at a distance of just 14 miles from the French coast of Normandy and with its close proximity to French territory, Jersey offers a fine blend of British and French influence that creates a truly unique culture. Jersey is an unbeatable holiday destination, one that is particularly popular with those who love the outdoors and the island’s relaxed vibe is all part of Jersey’s appeal.
The heart of Jersey lies in Saint Helier, a cosmopolitan harbour town that is one of the island’s twelve parishes and the capital of Jersey. With a population of just over 37,000, Saint Helier is home to one third of Jersey’s population and with so much on offer, it’s easy to see why. Not only does the town offer fantastic shopping and incredible fine dining, Saint Helier is also home to a buzzing nightlife scene. Saint Helier has an eclectic mixture of evening venues offering everything from relaxing country pubs and welcoming hangouts to chic cocktail bars and vibrant nightclubs. Saint Helier has a thriving music and club scene with jazz a particular favourite on the island. In the summer months, Jersey plays host to a number of festivals with many taking place in and around Saint Helier.
History lovers will fall in love with Jersey and in particular, Saint Helier. Named after Heller, a 6th century Belgian religious recluse who is the patron saint of the Channel Islands, Saint Helier is steeped in history. The town offers a wealth of fascinating museums whilst historic fortresses are scattered across the town. Elizabeth Castle is one of Saint Helier’s most iconic monuments, a 300-year old fortress that was built to guard Jersey and is a representation of British heritage. The castle is a must-visit when in Jersey with an exciting tour allowing guests to climb the battlements and witness a live demonstration with gun fire.
Outside of the buzz of Saint Helier, the history continues with Grouville home to one of the world’s oldest buildings. La Hougue Bie is a historic site and now a museum that makes the top ten list of oldest buildings in the world. This ancient site has been nominated for a Visit England Hidden Gem Award and dives into an exploration of Jersey’s Neolithic history. The island is scattered with a myriad of others interesting museums and fascinating historic sites.