Jersey - what to see and do

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  1. Am thinking of spending a few days in Jersey and have been looking at what to do and see there and also how long to spend there.

    Was thinking of maybe 2 or 3 days.

    Obviously the German hospital and a few other places. Any ideas on sights to see, places to go and any hotel recommendations would be appreciated.
  2. Glass Church worth an hour or so,if you like the work of Rene Lalique.Surprising.
  3. chrisg46

    chrisg46 LE Book Reviewer

    walk along the cliffs to, western side. Many ww2 fortifications left over from ze germans.

    Take a RIB boat ride out to a series of islands just off the coast - name escapes me, but apparently to some frenchmen, its their equivalent to the Falklands and they often land some bods to claim them, until a copper goes over and tells them to bugger off.
    If you have a diving qualification go to the dive shop under the hotel in Bouley Bay - the instructor there is ex army diver and can prob give you some good advice too.

    But the german hospital is a good shout
  4. Elizabeth Castle, St Helier, interesting old place with lots of nooks and crannies plus military bits.
    If you are in a hire car, drive around the coast roads, loads of old German stuff still standing.
    Fort Regent in St Helier used to be an interesting place but the last time I looked it was something like a family visitors centre, could have changed though.

    As previously mentioned, the German Underground Hospital is a must.
  5. Fort Regent is now a leisure centre; don't bother with it.

    Gorey Castle is worth a visit though; excellent example of a mediaeval castle.

    There's also a little military museum at the north of St Ouan's Bay (opposite Jersey Pearl) that's worth a look; and some individual military sites are maintained by hobbyists and occasionally open to the public (you'd need to find out dates o/a from the monthly "What's On" leaflet). St Ouan's Bay has good surfing; hire stuff from the Jersey Surf School about half way along.

    What sort of place do you want to stay? Will you have kids in tow?
  6. chrisg46

    chrisg46 LE Book Reviewer

    Is that museum built in a bunker or something? If so, yep I agree worth a visit!
    There is another castle which name escapes me, I think it is on the eastern coast on some cliffs, that's an interesting visit
  7. It's a trip for about six of us, all over 40. Will be staying in a hotel with breakfast only as it gives us freedom to travel around. Did not want to have a 3 day stay if I could see everything in two days.
  8. St Brelades Bay is lovely, there is also a couple of Bergerac places around the Island if you are in for TV nostalgia. As said St Elizabeth Castle is cracking, if you are around about 1300ish you may get picked to do drill.
  9. Gorey Castle (the mediaeval one) is the one to the east, full name Mont Orgueil.

    Elizabeth Castle (built original by Walter Raleigh) is over a causeway from St Helier. There's a Noon Day Gun (with presentation on history of the castle, and as mentioned, drill).

    You can get discounted entry to some of these places (Jersey Heritage pass?) which might make it free to pop into curious places like La Hogue Bie (ancient dolmen, small geological museum, small German war tunnel).

    Jersey is so small that you can stay anywhere, really. Could you get a good price at the Royal Yacht in St Helier?
  10. Forgot to add the public transport is great, the buses are brilliant and by far the best way to see the Island, plus it means you can have a pint as well.
  11. Jersey Pottery has a nice restaurant. The Waters Edge Hotel is a nice place to stay and/or eat in Bouley Bay, Trinity.
  12. The casinos at Atlantic City are a popular attraction. Its not Vegas though. The drinks are free but you end up paying for them in tips. - Oh, wait, wrong Jersey!
  13. it's also mega on the piss and the chicks out number the blokes, i lived there for 2 years and loved it
  14. Sympathetic_Reaction

    Sympathetic_Reaction LE Book Reviewer

    You want to see all the famous

    Amazon distribution centre
    Tax avoiders
    More Cows

    That sort of sums it up.