Guernsey Heritage Holiday Ideas

For such a small Island, Guernsey has a rich and diverse heritage. From Neolithic tombs to Roman Wrecks and Victorian Forts, to the scars left by the German Occupation during World War II , the Bailiwick has many stories to tell.

For those who are interested in the distant past there are many archeological sites that are scattered throughout the Bailiwick, each has its own unique story to tell; For example you could visit LeTrépied which was built during the Neolithic period and later in the 17th Century, allegedly, became the meeting place for witches, Or perhaps a trip to the Alderney Nunnery, a 4th century fort, which is one of the best-preserved Roman military structures in the world, is something on your wish list.

The German Occupation during World War II has left its scars throughout the Channel Islands. The coastlines are dotted with gun implacements, bunkers, observation posts etc- indeed many of the islands' earlier fortifications - including Castle Cornet - were appropriated for their cause.

The occupation ended after 5 years and the Islands' Liberation is celebrated each year on 9th May, or on the 10th if you are in Sark and 16th in Alderney. Military bands, a firework display and a cavalcade of wartime vehicles are just some of the many highlights those attending can look forward to and, since 2015 it has been the centrepiece of the Channel Islands Heritage Festival; a 3 week festival celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the islands.

With the help of local and national experts, visitors are able to learn about various periods of the Bailiwick’s fascinating history - including the history of Castle Cornet, which has guarded the harbour for over 800 years - and about famous visitors, such as French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables and Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

For those interested in, perhaps the most significant period in the Channel Islands' history, can also discover more about the Occupation by visiting museums dedicated to (or in part) to the period. Including The German Military Underground Hospital 

The Underground Hospital, built underground to remain undetected by planes,is the largest construction in the Channel Islands. It was built by slave workers during the occupation, and in addition to using the site as a hospital it was also used to store ammunition.

Whether you are interested in exploring the distant past or the more recent turmoil of our Bailiwick's heritage you are bound to find something that will intrigue you around evey corner.

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