The Channel Islands consist of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, situated in the English Channel between the South of England and only 19 miles from the Normandy coast of France.
So why visit the Channel Islands? All of the islands have there own quaint charm and each offering a variety of things to see and do,
How to get to the Channel Islands
One of my favourite’s is the isle of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands at only 5 miles long (8km) and 9 miles long (14.5km). You can reach Jersey easy by ferry from Poole or Weymouth in less than 4 hours or fly from one of the several U.K airports reaching Jersey in an hour.
The airport in Jersey is located 5 miles from the town centre of St Helier. Which can be easily reached via taxi or bus. If arriving by ferry both Elizabeth Terminal and Port Albert Pier are located within 10 minutes walking distance to St Helier’s town centre. You really don’t need a car in Jersey the local transportation is readily available. If you do take the car keep in mind parking when booking accommodation, as on street car parking can be expensive and limited.
Things to Do in Jersey Channel Islands
Jersey is a lovely place to visit any time of year with July being the hottest month reaching an average temperature of 17 degrees (62 Fahrenheit) and January being the coolest at 6 degrees (42 Fahrenheit). Here are some things to do in Jersey Channel Islands.
What not to miss in Jersey!
Jersey has been award winners for seafood, vegetables, and dairy but what you might not have heard of is its other delicacy Black Butter. It is a very old and traditional recipe with ingredients such as apples, Jersey cider, sugar, lemon, liquorice and spices. It is not only important gastronomically but also as a part of the traditional rural culture of the island. If you would like to find out more on Black Butter making both The National Trust for Jersey and Jersey Heritage host annual events. Black Butter is delicious!
Places to visit
I love flora and fauna and one of the places I couldn’t wait to visit was Jersey’s Lavender Farms. We had the delight in taking a vintage bus tour around the island which included the Lavender Farm and also the Shell House Garden. We visited in August, peak season but also the right time to see the lavender fields, as they go on as far as the eye can see. The calming scent traveling through the air from this old world plant, which can be found across Europe, Africa and Asia. The lavender coloured flower heads can be dried and used in culinary delights such as biscuits and cakes. The essential oils are extracted from the plant and used in homeopathy. A great remedy for a good nights rest. The farm is definitely one of the best things to do in Jersey Channel Islands.
After exploring the gardens and fields you can purchase a variety of products in the gift shop including Black Butter.
Jersey Zoo/Durrell Wildlife park established by Gerald Durrell in 1958, is a global charity saving endangered species. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, one of the highlights was seeing the residential silverback gorilla. Full of charisma he loved having his photograph taken. There are a great variety of species including Lemurs, Andean Bears and Amphibians. what a brilliant opportunity to see animals that you might not other wise see and a good way to support the work of the Durrell Wildlife organisation.
The Jersey War Tunnels are said to be worth a visit. Unfortunately I never managed to visit them. Did you know Germany occupied Jersey during WW2 for five years. The only British soil to have been occupied during the war.
A variety of accommodation is available around the island. I would recommend booking in advance, as it can get quite busy throughout the year.
Have you visited Jersey? What was your highlight? If you have anything to add to your list of things to do in Jersey Channel Islands, we would love to hear from you. Please comment below. Also if you enjoyed reading about Jersey please do share with your family and friends. Thanks. Happy Travels!