Britain’s Best Getaways: St Peter Port, Guernsey
“Perfect for UK weekend breaks, Guernsey combines rich history with stunning scenery and walks.” – Visit Guernsey
Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port, is considered one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns with its beautiful seafront marina and narrow streets. There is plenty to explore in the main port of Guernsey, from Castle Cornet and Hauteville House to boutique shopping and relaxing with a coffee. You can uncover lots about St. Peter Port’s past by taking a guided walk or by picking up a map of the town. There are several guided walks, which will take you through different areas of St Peter Port.
Alternatively, you can see some of the highlights with our guide!
Wander through the beautiful town and discover the Barriere stones, which mark the limits of the old medieval town. Begin at the top of St Peter Port, where you will find Candie Gardens, which were once the formal gardens of a private home, but are now open to the public. They also house the Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery, where you can see ‘The Story of Guernsey’ which relates to the (natural) history and archaeology of the Island. Furthermore, the tearoom has stunning views over St. Peter Port and neighbouring islands.
Then head to Castle Cornet, which has stood guard over St Peter Port for 800 years. The castle is used as a stage for theatre productions as well as musical events and it provides a stunning backdrop to the town. Inside the castle walls there are five museums to discover.
Next stop is the town’s lovely church (which is believed to be the closest church to a pub in the British Isles) and the Bailiwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry at the Gallery in St. James Concert Hall, where you can learn more about the island’s history. The Guernsey Tapestry illustrates 1000 years of history in 10 embroidered panels and is definitely worth a visit!
Another highlight of St Peter Port includes La Vallete Underground Military Museum, which shows you Guernsey’s military history including World War One, the German Occupation of the island from 1940 to1945 during World War Two and more. The museum is set on a 19th century promenade next to the Guernsey Aquarium and the Victorian Bathing Pools.
The town history tells many stories of witches and evil spirits. Just head down to the seafront next to the Cock and Bull pub in Cornet Street and see the remains of that particular time for yourself. You can see circles burnt into wooden doors of private houses, which were thought to ward off evil spirits.
Lastly, be sure to pay a visit to Hauteville House, where Victor Hugo lived from 1856 to1870. It now hosts a museum with an amazing collection of artefacts and furniture.
Make the most out of your Guernsey getaway by staying at the Old Government House & Spa, which occupies a prime position at the heart of Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port. Within easy walking distance of fine restaurants, shopping and the business district, it also boasts spectacular views over the harbour and neighbouring Channel Islands of Sark and Herm. The OGH Brasserie and Bar features the freshest local seafood, the best local and continental produce and a comprehensive wine list, while The Curry Room at the Governor’s offers authentic Indian cuisine in relaxed and convivial surroundings. For daytime relaxation, the hotel spa has a gym, sauna, spa pools, steam room, outdoor heated swimming pool (April – October) and a range of pampering beauty treatments.
Enjoy St Peter Port!
St Peter Port image by Rennett Stowe Peter Port alleyway image by Gary Bembridge Castle Cornet and Hauteville House image by Heather Cowper