Out & About
Jersey is a small Island but there are lots of places to see and things to do. Much of this builds on the Island’s history as a tourist destination but there’s a lot more on offer than buckets and spades.
A Quick Guided Tour
You could start off in St Helier where you can pick up brochures and leaflets from the Jersey Tourism Visitors’ Centre. The Jersey Museum, which is a good introduction to the Island, is just a short walk away, and across the busy road in a converted warehouse is the Maritime Museum.
If you’ve got time you can follow the Maritime Trail around the Waterfront, starting at Liberation Square, going along the New North Quay and the Albert Pier where Jersey’s longitude and latitude is marked on the seawall, and where signal stones interpret maritime signals. Then catch a bus to various attractions dotted around the Island.
You can have a full day in Gorey, visiting Mont Orgueil and stopping for lunch at one of the restaurants and bistros nearby. At the end of the jetty below the castle is Discovery Pier where you can learn about the Island’s marine environment and the many shipwrecks dotted around the coast.
On the way back to town through St Clement you could stop off at Samarès Manor to view the gardens, including one of the biggest herb gardens in Britain. There are also other attractions including a working farmyard and Jersey Woodturners.
Back in St Helier, you can walk or ride westwards along the length of St Aubin’s Bay seafront, stopping off at the Glass Church at Millbrook where the interior is made largely of Lalique glass. Continuing along the coast you come to the tiny port of St Aubin, which has many fine restaurants and pubs. This is also the location of the Harbour Gallery, an arts and crafts centre.
Heading for St Brelade’s Beach, one of the most popular in the Island, you can stop off and view the medieval wall paintings in the Fisherman’s Chapel.
Further west you come to the sandy St Ouen’s Bay. Towards L’Etacq in the north west, you will find a group of attractions, including a jewellery centre, Jersey Woollen Mills, the Channel Island Military Museum and, on the other side of the road, Jersey Pearl. Also the Battle of Flowers Museum is just off the Five Mile Road at Mont des Corvées. Back on La Route de L’Etacq, there are geological exhibits at the Treasures of the Earth and further inland, Bouchet Agateware, close to St Ouen’s Church, is an exhibition centre and shop for this unique type of pottery.
Sunset Nurseries at La Route du Moulin, St Peter is a flower centre but also home to a sand sculpture park. The Living Legend in the heart of St Peter, includes a multi-media presentation called the Jersey Experience, adventure golf courses, a karting complex and a shopping village. Also in St Peter you will find several attractions – the aMaizin Maze and the Catherine Best jewellery workshop and showrooms at the Windmill.
The parish of Trinity, further to the east, has the Pallot Steam Museum, the world-class Eric Young Orchid Foundation and Durrell, run by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Also in St Lawrence there’s the Lion Park with a collection of attractions including Jersey Goldsmith’s and activities for children, and the historic farm at Hamptonne Country Life Museum.
The tiny parish of St Mary has La Mare Wine estate, where you can see the complete wine-making process and sample the results.