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Historic Guernsey

Something for absolutely everyone

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.

The German Occupation

Guernsey

There are a number of museums that give fascinating insights into the island’s occupation by the Germans during the Second World War, including the German Occupation MuseumGerman Naval Signals H. Q.German Military Underground HospitalPleinmont Observation Tower, La Vallette Underground Military Museumand the Fort Hommet Gun Casemate.

A Land of prehistory and legends

Guernsey

La Varde Passage Grave is a large Megalithic chambered tomb, with a capstone weighing over ten tons. Nearby are the Millenium Stone, erected in 1999, and World War Two fortifications.  Le Dehus Burial Chamber is a fascinating underground Neolithic structure complete with ancient rock carving.   Le Creux ès Faies Passage Tomb is a well preserved Megalithic passage tomb dated c. 3-2500 BC and was known as the entrance to the Fairy Kingdom in Guernsey folklore.  Le Trépied Megalithic Burial Chamber is a chamber tomb offering spectacular views over Perelle Bay. It figures in accounts of 17th century witch trials as a Friday night rendezvous for witch's covens where the Devil, disguised as a black goat, sat enthroned on the capstone.