With its charming whitewashed buildings, cobbled streets, and rich fishing heritage, St Peter Port, Guernsey, offers a quaint snapshot of old-fashioned harbour life. Add to that the top-notch dining scene and great cultural spots, not to mention its salacious history of smugglers and pirates, and it’s easy to understand why the Guernsey capital makes for a captivating holiday destination. Whether you’re looking to explore ancient castles or feast on fresh seafood, a stay at The Old Government House Hotel or The Duke of Richmond Hotel puts you right at the very heart of the island’s many attractions. Here are some of the best things to do in Guernsey, while staying in St Peter Port.
The Mysteries of Castle Cornet
Jutting out from the port on its own private island, Castle Cornet is an 800 year-old Guernsey landmark, and one that’s not to be missed during any visit to St Peter Port. Over the years it’s been devastated by lightning and subjected to countless raids, but today it’s more tranquil, offering visitors five museums to explore and several serene gardens to enjoy. The castle is open seasonally and closes from November to March.
Country Walks to the Little Chapel
Claiming to be the smallest chapel in the world, The Little Chapel is one of the more quirky attractions, and certainly one of the best things to do in Guernsey. Covered in seashells and colourful mosaics, this tiny monument is nestled in the verdant grounds of a school, just outside of town.
Culture and Nature at Candie Gardens
A short walk uphill from the town centre, the pristine Candie Gardens are a beautiful spot to while away the afternoon. Once part of a Victorian estate, the Gardens are now open to the public, offering elaborate floral displays, 18th century greenhouses, and peaceful nooks from which to enjoy incredible views of the town and the neighbouring islands in the distance. If the weather is not obliging when you visit, never fear: the grounds are also home to a popular café and an immersive museum covering the history of Guernsey.
St Peter Port Seafood
With a thriving fishing culture and perfect portside locale, it’s little wonder that the restaurants of St Peter Port serve up some of the freshest seafood going. Whether you’re looking for line-caught mackerel or handpicked Guernsey scallops cooked in butter and served with crispy pancetta, restaurants like Le Nautique, our very own Brasserie Restaurant at The Old Government House Hotel and the Leopard Restaurant at the Duke of Richmond make St Peter Port a haven for seafood-loving foodies.
Victor Hugo House
For Victor Hugo, one of the most notable authors of the 19th century, Guernsey was his home, exile, and inspiration. Banished from his native France, the author lived in a peaceful corner of St Peter Port, where the rugged beauty of the island captivated him. Faithfully maintained, the house that Hugo lived in is open to the public and offers a cultural, literary excursion that’s sure to appeal, whether or not you’ve read Les Mis.
Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum
It’s practically impossible not to be captivated by the tales of cursed ships and crews that met their end around the unforgiving shores of Guernsey. With scores of objects found in wrecked vessels, as well as fascinating stories of their voyages and their untimely ends, the Fort Grey ShipwreckMuseum is one of the best things to do in Guernsey for children and adults alike.
After a day exploring the surroundings of St Peter Port, head back to the elegance of The Old Government House Hotel & Spa or The Duke of Richmond Hotel for a night of unparalleled luxury, whether you choose to dine al fresco with sweeping sea views or indulge in some decadent spa treatments.
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