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Guernsey Tourist Information

Guernsey is part of the Channel Islands and it is situated in the English Channel south of England and just north of France. The island of Guernsey is just 12 miles long with an area of 24.3 sq miles. Before your Guernsey holiday make sure you read our Useful Information guide.

Guernsey is divided into 10 parishes:
Castel, Forest, St Andrews, St Martins, St Peters, St Peter Port (Capital), St Sampsons, St Saviours, Torteval and Vale

Please click on the Guernsey map below for more information about each Parish in Guernsey.
There are many ways to travel around these 10 parishes on Guernsey including excellant bus services, superb cycling and waking routes and a good road network. View our 'Getting Around Guernsey' page for detailled information. Car hire is also a popular way of getting about the island.

The Island of Guernsey is self-governing and has its own stamps and currency called Guernsey pounds, although British pounds can be used on the Island. Find out more on our Currency in Guernsey page. Before you book your Guernsey holiday why not plan it around some of the local events or when the weather is at its best. View our Events page for a wide range of activities throughout 2011 to occupy all and check out our Weather in Guernsey page for details of the Guernsey climate.

English is the main language spoken in Guernsey nowadays, making communicating a lot easier for the non-French speaker! This hasn't always been the case however, and you can discover more on our Languages in Guernsey page.

Many of the Guernsey hotels occupy a cliff-top location and are near to the beautiful cliff top walks.

Enjoy the fresh sea air and spectacular views, or walks along the sandy beaches such as Vazon Bay, Cobo Bay and Port Soif, with over one hundred miles of coastline you won't run out!

Fine dining is made easy in Guernsey - the fresh local sea food is excellent and many of the hotels have superb award-winning restaurants.

With a huge variety of historic tourist attractions, sights and leisure activities, such as a round of golf at one of the challenging golf courses, there is always something to do on a Guernsey holiday.

Whilst you're on the Island, make sure you buy a traditional Guernsey jumper, famous for its warmth and water repellent wool, it makes an excellent souvenir.


UK residents visiting the Channel Islands must ensure they have adequate travel insurance. The recommendation comes from the Department of Health as the healthcare arrangements for UK visitors to the Islands have recently changed.

The previous agreement, which allowed UK travellers to get a limited number of medical treatments in the Channel Islands free of charge, ended on March 31 2009. Anyone travelling to the Islands, which include Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, will be required to pay for medical treatment should they become ill or injured there after this date. Visitors should therefore take out adequate insurance before they travel.

St Peter Port

Located on the east coast of Guernsey, and widely considered the Channel Islands' most beautiful town, St Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey. As its name suggests it features a port that is the main one on Guernsey and is also the Channel Islands' premier port. Although the capital, it is a small town with attractive steep, narrow streets, and features a parish church, Castle Cornet, markets, aquarium and many other attractions. St Peter Port is a recommended town to visit when holidaying in Guernsey.

Read more about St Peter Port.