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Shopping in Guernsey

Money Matters

Our currency is sterling, but the Bailiwick has its own money, the Guernsey pound. It’s one of the last few places you’ll see a pound note, and while the notes may look different, the value is the same. You’ll usually be given Guernsey money as change when you’re shopping, but English money can be freely used and all major debit and credit cards are accepted - some shops also accept Euros but tend to give change in sterling.

ATMs are available at all high street banks in St Peter Port, the airport and selected sites, including some supermarkets, garages and out of town banks.

While our own currency is legal tender in UK, in practice, apart from a few retailers in Southampton, you will find that it is only accepted for exchange in Banks.

Opening Hours

Shops in Guernsey are open normally from 09.00 until 17.00 from Monday to Saturday with some shops staying open later on Thursdays. While all shops are allowed to open from 10.00 to 16.00 on Sundays most shops chose to remain closed.

Licenced Premises

Guernsey licensing hours for a café, bar or restaurant are: 10.00 – 12.45am Monday to Saturday and 12 noon – 12.45am on Sundays for persons over 18, Christmas Day and Good Friday: 11am – 2.30pm and 7pm – 10.30pm.

Under 18s are only allowed in pubs and cafés if the premises hold an Under 18s Permit (which means designated areas and times) or in restaurants