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About

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  • Guernsey is a group of islands in the English Channel, part of the Channel Islands.
  • Guernsey is the main island of the Channel Islands
  • It can only be reached by plane or boat
  • There are no trains on the island, and roads are small but not very busy.
  • The island is 6 miles long by 3 miles wide, so a bicycle is a good way to get around. Alternatively there are hire cars available, taxis and a frequent bus service during the day.
  • English is spoken, but Norman-French Guernesais is taught in schools in a bid to preserve it.
  • Guernsey contains two main geographical regions, the Haut Pas, a high southern plateau, and the Bas Pas, a low-lying and sandy northern region. The Haut Pas is the more rural of the two, and the Bas Pas is more residential and industrialized.
  • There is a large, deepwater harbour at St Peter Port.

HISTORY

  • The islands of Guernsey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy, which held sway in both France and England.
  • The islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops during World War II.

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Currency

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Safety

  • Although Guernsey is an extremely safe and friendly destination, it is always advisable for foreign tourists to exercise basic precautionary measures just as they would at home.

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Climate

Guernsey Cow

  • The climate is temperate with mild winters and cool sunny summers.
  • The hottest months are August and September, when temperatures are generally around 20 °C (68 °F).
  • On average, the coldest month is February with an average weekly temperature of 6 °C (42.8 °F).
  • Snow rarely falls and is unlikely to settle, but if there is any it is most likely to fall in February.
  • The temperature rarely drops below freezing, although strong wind-chill from Arctic winds can sometimes make it feel like it.
  • The rainiest months with the most rain are November, December and January.
  • July is on average the sunniest month with 250 hours recorded sunshine, and December the least with 50 hours recorded sunshine.

Places to See

Victoria Tower, St Peter Port

Little Chapel

  • The Little Chapel at Les Vauxtelets is thought to be the smallest church in the world, with space for a priest and a congregation of two.

 

 

 

St. Peters Port

  • The character of a traditional fishing village. See the 12th-century church and the 17th-century oldest house, now a National Trust shop, in Cornet Street.

 

 

 

Sausmarez Manor

  • Take a peek into Guernsey’s only stately home open to the public: Sausmarez Manor at St Martin

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Victor Hugo’s House

  • Pay your respects to Victor Hugo at Hauteville House, above the south side of St Peter Port, where he once lived. It was here that he wrote The Toilers of the Sea (which is set in St Sampson).
  • His statue stands in Candie Gardens, as does the Island Museum.

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Castle Spotting

  • Fortifications are scattered all around the coast – among them Ivy Castle near Le Bouet, a Norman stronghold, and Vale Castle at St Sampson.
  • On the West Coast lies Fortress Rousse, an 18th-century tower open to the public.

Etiquette

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Contributions (1)

  • Angela says...

    Currency Used: Guernsey Pound–> The word Pound here shouldn’t be capitalized

    Posted on Monday, August 26th 2013 at 11:57 am

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