History & culture

Guernsey, sitting off the coast of France, but loyal to the English crown since Norman times, has had a chequered history. Surrounded by water, and occasionally buffeted by political storms from the continent, the islanders have developed their own unique way of life and created a rich heritage just waiting to be discovered.

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Island museums

Castle Cornet

Home to the Story of Castle Cornet Museum, The Maritime Museum, The 201 Squadron (RAF) Museum, The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum and The Royal Guernsey Militia Museum, it also boasts lovely gardens that have been created through the ages to provide the garrison with herbs, vegetables and flowers.

Distance: 1.1 miles
Journey time: 8 minutes

Hauteville House

A few streets away you’ll find the beautifully preserved home of Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. He spent 14 years in exile in Guernsey during the reign of Napoleon III and decorated the interior himself in flamboyant style.

Distance: 1.0 miles
Journey time: 6 minutes

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Pre history & legends

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