Travel Guide: Guernsey

This channel island might not be part of the UK, but it definitely has all the British feels. Guernsey sits near the French coast and consists of 27 different bays with long stretches of sand, hidden coves and coastal cliffs. Guernsey is the perfect long weekend getaway, with its five star accommodations, fresh seafood and breathtaking views.

What to See

Castle Cornet, Guernsey
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Saint Peter Port is one of the prettiest harbor towns in Europe. The cobblestone streets and Regency architecture sits amid stunning seaside cliffs. For breathtaking views and some island history, check out Castle Cornet. This 800-year-old fortress sits on an island of its own and guards the harbor. Today it consists of five museums, four period gardens and a gift shop.

Hauteville House, Guernsey
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Entirely furnished and decorated by poet Victor Hugo, the Hauteville House is a site to be seen. The house was built on five floors and overlooks Saint Peter Port. Hugo lived in his home for over 14 years during his enforced exile from France and created some of his most famous works, such as Les Misérables.

Where to Stay

The Old Government House Hotel & Spa
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The Old Government House Hotel & Spa is a historic property that sits on the hill in the heart of Saint Peter Port. It was the former governor’s house starting in 1976 and consists of 63 elegant rooms and suites. Accommodations include traditional afternoon tea, spa treatments, a heated outdoor pool and beautiful gardens.

What to Do

Candie Gardens, Guernsey
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Spend your day at Candie Gardens at the hillside of Saint Peter Port. You can view statues of Queen Victoria and Victor Hugo and visit the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery. From there take a two-mile hike around Icart Point for some dramatic views. When the weather is nice, have a picnic at Moulin Huet Bay, a spot favored by the painter Renoir.

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