Don’t let its small size fool you; Guernsey has a lot to offer. From adventure travel to afternoon tea, walking trails to hedge veg (yes, it’s a thing), the island has something for everyone.
Here are the top 10 things to do in Guernsey:
Explore St Peter Port
Guernsey’s main town is St Peter Port, and no trip to the island is complete without a visit. The town has a picturesque waterfront and a great range of shops, restaurants, pubs, and bars. St Peter Port is also home to some of Guernsey’s top historical and sightseeing attractions, including Castle Cornet, which has several museums and great views of the town.
Guernsey has no shortage of natural beauty, and the island offers an abundance of walking and hiking trails that feature great coastal views and paths to places of historical and cultural interest. From hour-long walks in St Peter Port to multi-day journeys around the island, there is a walk in Guernsey for every skill and fitness level. A particularly beautiful walk is the one along the south coast that takes in the bays and cliffs around Moulin Huet.
Eat local food
Being an island, it’s not surprising that Guernsey is known for its fresh local seafood. Whether you tuck into a big plate of fish and chips or splurge on scallops, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to fish and shellfish. But Guernsey also has great produce on the island itself, and it’s worth taking the time to try the local vegetables, great butter (it’s so yellow!), and award-winning cheeses.
Take a day trip to Sark
Around an hour’s boat trip from Guernsey, the island of Sark is a world apart. There are no cars there, so hire a bike and cycle around the island, exploring as you go. Highlights include La Coupee, the beautiful isthmus that connects Sark to Little Sark, carriage rides through the island, and La Seigneurie Gardens, with their hedge maze and beautiful flower beds. Sark also has great seafood, and a local lobster lunch at Stocks Hotel is a must.
Sea kayaking in Guernsey is a great way to get out and experience life on the water. Whether you are an expert or a novice, there are experienced guides that can take you kayaking around the island, showing you all Guernsey has to offer from the vantage point of the sea.
Have afternoon tea
There’s no more British way to spend an afternoon than indulging in afternoon tea at one of Guernsey’s famous hotels. The OGH hotel does a luxurious afternoon tea in its beautiful and quintessentially British tea room, and it offers the perfect way to indulge in sweets and scones.
Not for the faint of heart, coasteering is a popular adrenaline sport for those that love adventure travel. If that’s you, grab a helmet and go with one of the island’s experienced outfitters, who will show you the best places to go coasteering in Guernsey.
Pick up some hedge veg
One of the most unique things about Guernsey is its many “hedge veg” stands. These small outposts sit in front of hedges outside the island’s many farms, offering fresh produce, flowers, and other farm goods. With an honesty system in place, visitors can stop by and pick up hedge veg, placing payment in a box before continuing on their way.
Surfing in Guernsey? Yes, it’s true. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced surfer, you can paddle out and try riding the waves. Guides can take you to the breaks and teach you how to surf, or just let you loose to go surfing on your own.
Take a day trip to Herm
Like Sark, Herm is an easy day trip from Guernsey. Just a short boat ride away, the island is a great place for seal spotting and puffin watching, and offers a range of activities for visitors of all ages and interests.