Jersey: Main Sights
The Largest Channel Island
You won’t have to look far for something to do in Jersey. Trying to fit it all in will be the difficulty as Jersey offers a vast array of sights, attractions and activities to suit all tastes. Explore the award winning museums that bring history to life, magnificent castles, beautiful gardens and the internationally acclaimed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Just some of the world class attractions and sights Jersey has on offer.
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Les Augres Manor was founded almost 50 years ago by the famous author, naturalist and broadcaster Gerald Durrell. It is internationally famed for its work in saving and breeding endangered species and was voted the best attraction on the island by visitors. Among the endangered species at Durrell are three generations of Sumatran orangutans; mighty 'Ya Kwanza', the 35 stone Western Lowland gorilla and his family, a Madagascan gentle lemur community; Brazilian black-lion tamarins and silvery marmosets in open woodland.
At this award winning Jersey Museum you will find the real history, traditions and culture of the Island explained using modern technology and dramatic displays, making it exciting and understandable for everyone. On display at the Jersey Museum is a restored Victorian merchant’s house. Paintings and sculptures from the Island’s art collection can be seen in the Barreau Le Maistre art gallery.
Take a Cruise around the Island of Jersey
Step aboard the South Coast Cruise, "SOUTHERN BAY ROSE" a 50ft catamaran. This non-stop cruise is around 2½ hours long and takes you along 15 miles of the beautiful south coast of Jersey. An abundance of birds and wildlife maybe even dolphins at play can be seen. Castles and Old Forts dating back to the 6th century, Dead Man's Bay, Towers and Gun emplacements left behind by the occupying German forces after the Second World War, Janvrin's Tomb, Neolithic Caves, Granite Cliffs towering some 150 feet are all covered in the Captain’s informative commentary. Jersey’s miles of golden beaches and the famous Corbiere Lighthouse are all part of this breathtaking cruise around the island of Jersey.
For over 300 years, Elizabeth Castle built on an islet in St Aubin’s Bay, defended Jersey. There are three permanent exhibitions, War and Peace, Granite and Gunpowder and the Jersey Militia. If you visit at noon watch out for the “call to arms” by Gunner Gilman and then cover your ears for firing of the castle cannon. Take the amphibious ferry to the castle to make for an interesting start to your visit. It operates every day in the summer months
Jersey War Tunnels
The tunnel complex, formerly known as Höhlgangsanlage 8 (Ho8) was left behind by the Germans when they occupied Jersey for almost five years until the island’s liberation in 1945. The Jersey War Tunnels hosts a series of galleries portraying the occupation history. Take a step back in time and be captivated by the events of evacuation, deportation, captivity and siege, to eventual liberation. A recent addition is a sculpture entitled 'Silence' by internationally renowned artist, Paul de Monchaux. It commemorates the suffering endured by the slave labourers who worked on the construction of the Jersey War Tunnels.
This unusual and unique Shell Garden was created by Mr Colin Soudain, a Jersey man. The Shell Garden started in 1957 is continuously being added to and is the largest shell garden in the world. The garden is on three levels featuring stunning displays that include Dolphins, Doves, Sea Horses, Mermaids, Giant Clams, all made from millions of shells. It's a paradise for shell lovers and gardeners. There’s even a shell shop selling shells and hand made gifts.
Jersey's Living Legend Village
Created in a beautiful 9 acre landscape setting, Jersey's Living Legend Village will keep the whole family happy for the day. Popular with all ages activities include an award winning multi-media recreation of Jersey through the ages, go-karting, 18 hole adventure golf course, live entertainment, outdoor play area, craft shopping village. There’s also a reasonable choice in restaurants and cafes including a crêperie at the Living Legend Village.
Mont Orgueil Castle
This dramatic castle towers over the harbour at Gorey and was built in 13th century. Mont Orgueil Castle is one of the best preserved castles and most photographed sites on the island. It certainly is a jewel in Jersey’s crown and makes for a perfect backdrop for medieval drama re-enactment with spectacular views reaching out over the island and France. With more than 50 exhibits, Mont Orgueil Castle will help you appreciate the history of Jersey.
Hamptonne Country Life Museum
Nestled in country lanes of St Lawerence, you will find Hamptonne Country Life Museum. Jersey’s rural heritage going back over 300 years is brought to life here. A good collection of farm buildings and demonstrations of by gone skills are retold through characters and the guided tours. At the Hamptonne Country Life Museum, children will enjoy the variety of farmyard animals whilst you stroll around the kitchen. Then all meet up for a relaxing walk through the fragrant garden, orchard and meadows.
Pallot Steam, Motor and General Museum
Established by its founder, engineer and enthusiast, Don Pallot, the Pallot Steam, Motor and General Museum promotes the permanent preservation of the Island's mechanical heritage. Take a walk down memory lane with something to interest all ages. This vast and varied collection of steam locos and engines, vintage, commercial, military and classic vehicles, bicycles and toys, tractors, barn engines, agricultural implements would have been lost forever if had not been preserved by the museum. There’s also a nostalgic collection of photographs featuring Jersey railways, Jersey Road Races and transport history. At Pallot Steam, Motor and General Museum everyone will find something of interst.
La Hougue Bie
A Neolithic burial mound, La Hougue Bie, dates back more than 5,500 years dominating this tranquil site. The entrance to the tomb was recently excavated and restored to its original glory. On top of the mound a chapel is situated where the Mabon Crypt can also be found. In addition, housed are geology and archaeology galleries and a World War 2 German bunker. The Neolithic House which is in the grounds is the focus for a number of activities and is designed to give a better understanding of the day-to-day life of the community that built the La Hougue Bie burial mound.