As the largest of the Channel Islands, a trip to Jersey gives you the chance to enjoy higher temperatures than at home but still stay amongst typically British surroundings. With beaches on the southern shores and WWII history waiting to be discovered further north, it’s easy to find a balance between taking it easy and exploring this beautiful island.
Whilst the capital, St. Helier, is a popular cruise stop and buzzes with the arrival of tourists throughout the summer, the rest of the island offers an opportunity to get back to nature. Unspoilt beaches are speckled with rock pools, winding country trails lead you through woodlands and fields occupied by iconic Jersey cows, and attractions such as the Wetland Centre and Jersey Museum blend modern nature with natural heritage.
If history trumps nature in your list of interests, Jersey is still the island for you. As the only British territory to be occupied by Germany during World War Two, the Channel Islands have plenty of history relating to their liberation after five years. Much of this can be found in St. Helier, where the Occupation Tapestry inside the Maritime Museum and Liberation Square’s Pomme D'Or Hotel are key points of interest.
From Jersey Royal potatoes to milk from the aforementioned Jersey cows and oysters shucked direct from the shoreline, this small island has a big reputation for culinary flair. Whether you want to sit down and enjoy a decadent brunch at a beachside café or forage for ingredients like berries and sea herbs to produce your own meal, there is so much to get your taste buds tingling.