Jersey’s best attractions
Jersey may be just five miles long and nine miles wide, but this compact and beautiful island is packed with must-see attractions.
From glorious gardens to fascinating museums and historic sites, here’s our pick of the best things to do on your Jersey getaway.
Elizabeth Castle, St Helier
Elizabeth Castle has defended Jersey for over 400 years from its islet in St Aubin’s Bay. The castle is surrounded by sea twice a day – take the Castle Ferry or walk across at low tide. Climb the battlements, explore the hidden passageways and more on your visit.
Hamptonne Country Life Museum, St Lawrence
This authentic 15th-century Jersey granite farmhouse gives visitors a unique insight into rural life on the island. Meet characters from Jersey’s past, explore the orchard and learn about traditional cider making. The farm animals and adventure playground are a big hit with children.
Jersey Lavender Farm, St Brelade
Established in 1983, this former dairy farm was transformed into a nine-acre lavender farm. Discover the whole process from cultivating through to harvesting and distillation, and treat yourself to some of the fine products that are infused with lavender oil.
Jersey Museum and Art Gallery, St Helier
With exhibits dating back to when the first people arrived in Jersey 250,000 years ago, visit the Jersey Museum and Art Gallery to get a taste of the island’s rich and varied history. The award-winning Story of Jersey film and on-site restored Victorian House are real highlights.
Jersey War Tunnels, St Lawrence
Dug deep into Jersey’s hillside, this vast complex of war tunnels tells the story of life in Jersey during the German occupation. See the large collection of memorabilia, walk the green and peaceful War Trail and soak up the tranquillity of the Garden of Reflection.
Jersey Zoo, Trinity
Opened by Gerald Durrell in 1959, this unique sanctuary and breeding centre is famed for its conservation work. The zoo provides a home for many of the world’s rarest animals – the magical Madagascan Aye-Ayes and family of Lowland gorillas are particularly special.
Judith Quérée's Garden, St Ouen
Judith Quérée's Garden might be small at just over a quarter of an acre, but it contains over 2,000 plants, many of which are rare and unusual. Take in the collection of over 80 water-loving irises and enjoy the geraniums and salvias in the drier part of the garden.
La Hougue Bie, Grouville
La Hougue Bie is one of the ten oldest buildings in the world and Europe’s finest example of a Neolithic passage grave. Stand inside the chamber to experience the atmosphere of this sacred place. The surrounding exhibits, including a reconstructed Neolithic longhouse, are also well worth exploring.
Maritime Museum and Occupation Tapestry Gallery, St Helier
This interactive museum brings Jersey’s fascinating maritime past to life for all ages. Learn about seafaring, navigation and the elements with the museum’s hands-on exhibitions and visit the award-winning Occupation Tapestry, which was woven by Islanders to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the liberation.
Mont Orgueil Castle, St Martin
Mont Orgueil is one of the finest examples of a medieval castle and stands in a stunning location above the picturesque fishing village of Gorey. Take a free tour and hear the castle’s story be brought to life by a local guide, and walk down the staircase to experience the imaginative witchcraft exhibit.
Samarès Manor, St Clement
Samarès Manor is a striking house, surrounded by botanical gardens. The distinctive gardens and unique plant collections are helped by exquisite planting conditions (Samarès meaning ‘salt marsh’). There’s plenty for kids too – explore the willow labyrinth and jungle path before saying hello to the resident farm animals.
The Channel Islands Military Museum, St Ouen
Housed in a German coastal defence bunker which formed part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, this compact museum provides a fascinating insight into life during the island’s occupation. See uniforms, weapons, documents and photographs, as well as a large collection of civilian items from the time.