27 November 2018
The Museum , Jersey
The English Channel, the body of water between England and France, is home to eight inhabited islands. Of these islands, Jersey and Guernsey are the most well-known, with Jersey being the bigger of the two.
This location means the islands are home to a mix of French and British culture, resulting in a fascinating history. The islands were occupied during World War II and remnants of this time remain around Jersey today, particularly with the Jersey War Tunnels where German soldiers were creating an underground hospital, away from air raids.
While Jersey and its golden beaches shine in the summertime, it’s a year-round destination for an island break. From London, easyJet, British Airways and Flybe all offer direct flights to Jersey which take just one hour and start from £27 one-way – meaning you can go after work on a Friday and be home for a Sunday afternoon roast.
Where to eat and drink?
The Museum Courtyard and Bistro
On balmy summer evenings, you’ll find the Courtyard of the Jersey Museum filled with diners, all enjoying their evening meals with a glass of sparkling wine. The Jersey Museum is located in a historic Georgian House and the fairy light-lined courtyard makes for the picture perfect spot to while your night away. Part of the Tiffin Group, with a number of locations across the island, the Museum offers brunch, lunch and dinner with their evening menu filled with British classics like lamb rump, chicken kiev and herb crusted cod.
What to do?
Visit the Jersey War tunnels
No visit to Jersey is complete without a visit to the Jersey War Tunnels. They offer a comprehensive glimpse into wartime Jersey, housed within an underground tunnel complex built by the Germans using slave labour. It’s an emotionally heavy experience, but important nonetheless. Make sure you take a jacket as the tunnels can get cold.
Go for a swim or walk along one of the many beaches
Be sure to rent a car during your time visiting Jersey, this makes exploring the island that much easier. Starting in St Helier, make your way through the narrow laneways of the island to the many beaches. In the summertime, these beaches offer beautiful azure waters and golden sands and in the cooler months, they make for stunning walks. For soft sand and safe swimming, opt for a swim at St Brelade’s Bay, or go swimming in Marine Lake – a tidal pool in St Aubin’s Bay. St Ouen’s bay on the west is perfect for surfers, as the wind can pick up here, and Bonne Nuit bay in the north is a picture-perfect hideaway where you can sunbathe away from the crowds.
Visit Mont Orgueil? Castle
Mont ?Orgueil Castle is just a 15-minute drive from St Helier and has been looking over the fishing village of Gorey for the past 800 years. The Medieval fortress is filled with a number of towers, staircases and secret rooms to explore, and you can learn about the castle through the unique artwork that adorns the walls.
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