Britain's most southerly island
Discover hidden beaches, lush valleys, tranquil lanes and ragged coastline all basking in the warmest temperatures in Britain. With its unspoilt landscape and unique blend of British and French influences, a holiday in Jersey really will get you away from it all.
"Jersey is the most southern part of the United Kingdom, blessed by gorgeous weather and lovely people! You can either take a ferry from Southampton or take an hour’s plane journey from London. I assure you, you’ll fall in love with this place…"
Betty, Hong Kong
Located some 100 miles south of mainland Britain, Jersey is the biggest of the Channel Islands and the most southerly island of the British Isles. In fact, Jersey is much closer to France than Britain, lying just 14 miles from its coast. And at just 9 miles by 5 miles it’s a compact place to explore that manages to cram in the best of land and sea.
Jersey reveals itself slowly as you pass wisteria-clad cottages and traditional granite farmhouses bathed in late summer light. Follow the path of the sun from east to west to discover this rural essence and explore a unique culture shaped by British and French influences, wartime occupation and the eternal currents of the Atlantic.
Explore magnificent castles, fascinating wildlife, adventure parks and hands-on museums that really bring history to life. And on certain days during summer, you can sneak a peek at some of the Island’s most beautiful private gardens . That’s not forgetting the capital, St Helier, with its smart, sophisticated shops and vibrant Victorian markets.
St Helier is an excellent shopping centre with pedestrianised streets and a mix of well-known High Street stores, small local shops and excellent markets. You’ll also find local crafts across the island including the famous Jersey pottery. And don’t forget, the island is a low-duty area and there is no VAT.
Visit Mont Orgueil Castle, one of the best-preserved castles in Britain
Catch a dance, ballet, musical, opera or comedy show at the Jersey Opera House
Explore the Jersey War Tunnels, an evocative testament to the occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II
Watch the latest contemporary theatre show at the Jersey Arts Theatre
See the Neolithic dolmen, La Hougue Bie - a monument older than the pyramids of Egypt
Savour a glass of local La Mare Estate sparkling wine as the sun sets over the sea
Learn the story of Jersey from Neolithic times to the present day at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery
With a network of nearly 50 miles of 'green' lanes designed to give precedence to pedestrians and cyclists, Jersey is made for bikes. Sweeping bays in the south give way to dramatic cliffs in the north offering spectacular scenery and stunning vistas, making Jersey holidays ideal for walkers and ramblers of all ages and abilities. And if it’s thrills you’re after, try sea-based fun from coasteering to kayaking as well as fishing, climbing and more.
Jersey is famed for tasty seafood including crab, lobster, scallops and oysters. Look out for the ormer, the rare marine snail prized by locals as a delicacy. Inland, head to St Helier’s Central Market to buy local produce and sample excellent wine from La Mare Estate. And from Michelin-star restaurants, to country pubs dishing up hearty, honest fare, to beachside bistros offering simple staples, eating out is a pleasure.
Quaint it may be but for its size, Jersey has a good selection of bars and clubs as well as some great waterfront pubs. And it certainly punches above its weight when it comes to music – the island hosts 4 acclaimed festivals annually. The island also has a large cinema, 2 annual film festivals and several theatres and performance venues.
There’s so much to see and do in Jersey, so don’t waste time in queues, buy your travel passes and attraction tickets online! With the BritRail GB Flexi Pass you can hop on a train wherever and whenever you like, and explore the country at your own pace. For more great offers, go to VisitBritain Shop .