The vibrant and dynamic St Peter is one of Jersey’s most underrated parishes. The only parish with feet on two coastlines, St Peter offers the best of Jersey’s beach life. Boasting a beautiful countryside in the heart of Jersey National Park, St Peter also offers some of the most fascinating and unique nature spots on the island. In addition, the parish is a hub of activity with exciting adventures just waiting to be embarked upon.
Historic Sites and Attractions in St Peter
Located in one of Jersey’s most breathtaking valleys, Le Moulin de Quetivel is a working watermill dating back to the 14th century. It is the only surviving working watermill on the island and is still operational to this day. A visit to Le Moulin de Quetivel offers an insight into agricultural Jersey, has a fascinating milling exhibit and explores the mill’s history including the German occupation.
Le Don Hilton is the parish’s main historic landmark, an 18th century guard house overlooking St Ouen’s Bay. However, as a holiday let and wedding venue, access to Le Don Hilton is limited although it can be admired from afar. However, in Jersey, you are never too far away from a piece of history with incredible historic monuments close by in St Ouen and the Jersey War Tunnels just across St Peter’s border.
Other Points of Interest in St Peter
If you are looking for an experience to satisfy all the family, look no further than aMaizin! Adventure Park. Bursting with both indoor and outdoor entertainment, aMaizin! is a great destination whatever the weather. There is plenty to keep little ones occupied with farm animals, mini golf, toboggan racing and a jumping pillow. Kids can also enjoy tractor rides, go-karting and an adventure playground. In the summer months, a themed maize maze opens up for the whole family to explore and should the weather take a turn, the indoor play barn is there to welcome you.
The mystical location of The Forgotten Forest Arboretum is one of Jersey’s hidden gems. During the 70’s and 80’s, plant life from across the globe was planted before it was hidden and neglected. After a restoration in 2012 by the Trees for Life charity, the area is thriving and showcases fascinating plant life from around the world. The vibrant forest has also attracted diverse wildlife and is the best place on the island to discover incredible fauna and flora.
With touchpoints on both the west and and south coasts, St Peter features beaches in both of Jersey’s largest bays, St Ouen’s Bay and St Aubin’s Bay. Whilst St Ouen’s Bay is a popular destination for surfers, St Aubin’s Bay is incredibly family-friendly with golden sands, calm waters and an abundance of beach activities. The stretch of St Aubin’s Bay offers two of the island’s most iconic landmarks at either end, Elizabeth Castle and St Aubin’s Fort, with St Peter perfectly positioned to view both. In addition, Le Petit Train runs the length of St Aubin’s Bay connecting St Helier and St Aubin whilst a boardwalk offers a path for further exploration.
Shopping, Dining and Nightlife in St Peter
St Peter’s Indoor Market is one of the island’s most eclectic shopping destinations. With an abundance of stalls offering local produce, handcrafted clothing and homemade crafts, the indoor market offers a diverse range of goods. The market takes place every Wednesday between 9am-3pm and also offers a nail artist and a delicious cake stall.
For dining, St Peter offers a relaxed collection of restaurants and cafes perfect for a light bite during the day or a chilled evening meal. One of the best places to dine for a wholesome meal is The Tipsy serving up seriously good food with a selection of over 50 beers and ciders plus the island’s largest gin collection. For the best alfresco dining, Mark Jordan by the Beach is a renowned beach restaurant with an award-winning menu, a raving Michelin review and stunning views.
When it comes to nightlife in St Peter, there is one destination that leads the way. The Watersplash is a Jersey institution and a popular haunt of locals and frequent visitors. Beach bar by day and club by night, The Watersplash offers ultimate beach vibes with a vibrant atmosphere when the venue comes alive after dark with party tunes. The Watersplash also hosts some of Jersey’s best gigs and is the island’s favourite music spot.
Sports and Events in St Peter
With a section of the St Ouen’s Bay coastline, surfing is a popular activity in St Peter. St Ouen’s Bay is a European surfing capital offering the third largest tidal range in the world. This section of the bay is great for both learners and advanced surfers with calmer swells for beginners and challenges for experienced wave-riders.
Cycling is also extremely popular in St Peter with a portion of the island’s Green Lanes running both along the coast and through the country. With much of the countryside part of Jersey National Park, this protected area offers phenomenal untouched scenery in addition to excellent cycling trails to explore.
Featuring one of the island’s leading golf clubs, St Peter is also a great destination for golfers. Les Mielles Golf and Country Club offers a spectacular 18 hole championship course in the picturesque area of St Ouen’s Bay. Visitors can play a round with a beautifully scenic backdrop and enjoy one of the finest golf courses on the island.
St Peter Transportation
Home to Jersey Airport, St Peter has excellent connections to the rest of the island with a phenomenal service by LibertyBus running through it. Routes 9, 15 and 22 all pass through the parish connecting St Peter to St Helier with all routes also stopping at the airport. Route 22 takes a coastal route and provides access to St Ouen’s Bay whilst the inland service 9 stops at aMaizin! Adventure Park.
For those who want to explore more rural areas of St Peter, having a car is key. You can hire a car at various locations in Jersey including at the airport and ferry terminal or alternatively, visitors from the UK can travel by sea with their own car.
With exquisite countryside in the heart of St Peter, the parish is also popular with cyclists. Offering an extensive network of the island’s Green Lanes, St Peter can be explored easily and safely on two wheels.