The biggest of the Channel Islands, check into hotels in Jersey to discover the best bits of this pretty destination...
The iconic Mont Orgueil Castle is without doubt Jersey's most famous landmark and attraction - why not hire a car and visit it? The castle is located at the eastern tip of the island in the harbour of Gorey and was erected by the Duchy of Normandy to defend the island against French invaders. Construction commenced in 1204. The castle, which is open to the public, is an exciting labyrinth of staircases and rooms full of interesting objects and artwork. Check for opening hours before visiting, but it is well worth a look.
The fine weather and great countryside have made Jersey a popular golfing holiday destination. If you are looking for this type of break, take a look at Jersey hotels in St Ouens Bay where you will find St Mielles and Les Ormes Golf clubs.
For those looking for chic nightlife and great shopping, consider Jersey hotels located in the capital of St Helier. Here you will also find the Jersey Museum and the Maritime Museum. St Helier has the added benefit of being on the coast, so when you have finished shopping and taking in the culture, why not head to the waterfront to watch the boats and enjoy some time in a waterfront café or bar?
Tourist accommodation is located throughout the island of Jersey, from simple B&Bs to luxurious five-star hotels...
For great beach locations in Jersey, head to St Helier, Grouville, or St Aubin. Other areas are also popular among tourists, including St Brelade, St Clement, St Lawrence, St Martin, St Mary, St Ouen, St Peter and St Saviour, where many inland hotels are set in the rolling countryside. There is a superb range of guest houses and self-catering accommodation as well.
History, beauty and nature combine to create the list of Jersey's top attractions...
While the fantastic beaches and excellent shopping lure many visitors, you can delve a little deeper into the real Jersey at these tourist attractions:
Top five attractions
Built on a tidal island and accessed by foot at low tide or via the ferry, this ancient castle has been defending the island for centuries and tales of its past are both plentiful and fascinating. The castle opens to the public between April and November only.
Durrell Wildlife Park
The conservation work of the Durrell Trust is much admired and you can see some of the world's rarest animals at this lovely park, which is located just outside St Helier.
Mont Orgueil Castle
This striking castle overlooks Gorey and has a long history of defending Jersey against French invaders. There's a labyrinth of rooms to explore.
Jersey War Tunnels
Jersey was occupied by Nazi forces during the Second World War and this maze of tunnels, which was cut deep into a hillside, has much to tell about this period of the island's history.
Take a closer look at Jersey's intense relationship with the sea at this captivating museum in St Helier. It's open from April until November.
Jersey puts on a fine show of annual events. Discover what's on when with our guide...
The island hosts a range of annual events and festivals.
Jersey Portuguese Food Festival; August: This is a fun event run over five days in St Helier. Enjoy freshly prepared Portuguese cuisine whilst enjoying live music and fairground rides. Hotels in St Helier are always popular and even more so at the end of August when this annual festival comes around.
Jersey Live Festival; usually early September: This live music event has been running for a number of years, pulling in great crowds with acts such as Madness, Plan B, Primal Scream and The Tings Tings. The festival takes place in in Trinity and if you want to go, make sure you book your accommodation early as this event is extremely popular and well attended.
International Air Display; September: This is one of the biggest free air shows in Europe and takes place in St Brelade. Again, accommodation during this time gets booked up quickly, so act fast to reserve your place.