JC Travels: 5 Things to do in Jersey, Channel Islands
Ah it’s so nice to be able to sit down in an evening, write a blog post and not feel guilty that I’m not studying! I think I didn’t realise how much it had taken over life – now I have all the time in the world to tap at my laptop.
And I thought it was finally time to do a little round up of my trip to Jersey. I did write a little post with some of my fave photos, but if you are planning a trip to Jersey then here are some of the highlights that you shouldn’t miss!
1 Visit the Jersey War Tunnels
Hands up who didn’t know much about the Channel Islands and the second world war? Mine is firmly in the air! I like to think I’m pretty knowledgeable on history but this was definitely a gap. Jersey itself was actually occupied by the Germans for almost the entirety of the war.
The Jersey war tunnels does a great job at telling this story. The tunnels themselves actually used to be an old German hospital and it intertwines the story of the hospital with history of the war and the impact on the Channel Islanders. There was lots of interactive pieces and is an ideal thing to do if it is a bit rainy – which of course it was when we were there!
2 Go wine tasting at La Mare Winery Estate
I mean, I always enjoy doing some kind of alcohol tasting when on holiday! On our very rainy last day, we took shelter in the La Mare winery estate and it was so worth it. You can jump on a tour of the estate which was great – not only did we see the vines, the vats and how they make sparkling wine, but a whole lot more too!
They actually make a wide variety of products from gin to jams to chocolates. A highlight was definitely the apple brandy Jersey cream. Think of like an apple flavoured Baileys – so delicious! I have to say the bottle I took home definitely disappeared a lot quicker than I expected. The cafe on site was yummy too – big sandwiches and ploughmans lunch, just what I like!
3 Get your walking boots on
Okay, we did do some walking but not as much as if the sun made more of an appearance! There are so many walking and biking trails all across the island. We did a lovely walk from St Helier around the bay on our second day. We also hired a car and did a drive round the island, stopping off regularly to take little strolls either through the countryside, the beach or up to some of the lovely castles.
If you do want to do some walking, then the Jersey website has lots of walking suggestions but the island is small enough that it’s easy enough to just get your walking boots out and get exploring!
4 Explore St Helier
The main town on the island is St Helier. Yes, it is full of banks and financial institutions but there is more to explore! It is full of little independent shops, cute little houses and a lovely marina with views over to Elizabeth Castle in the bay. You can even walk over to the castle in low tide, or get the little duck boat bus if the tide has come in.
When we were there it was the annual boat show which was great to have a wander around. Some pimms and yummy food in the sunshine? Yes, please!
5 Eat to your hearts content!
One of the things I was totally impressed with on Jersey was the sheer amount of places which you could go and eat! We definitely didn’t explore enough but basically whatever you feel like, there will be an option there. We decided to splash out and go to one of the Michelin starred restaurants – the Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel.
The hotel was really lovely and the restaurant was too! We went for three courses and were totally stuffed by the end of the meal. There are several Michelin starred restaurants on the island so you definitely get some good choice!
Overall, I totally loved visiting Jersey. It is just a short hop over from London and such a great option if you fancy a little weekend break without having to go too far!
Have you been to Jersey? What did you enjoy?
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