Travel Tuesdays jumps into Jersey this week, where Deepam Ramchurn discovers the endless charms of the small, offshore island.
Recently, thanks to my course, I was lucky enough to be able to visit Jersey in the Channel Islands. Truthfully, I’ve never heard of Jersey before- except ironically the city in America- and I didn’t know what to expect.
Jersey is incredibly close to England, and can easily become a weekend getaway for students during the spring and summer. With the gentle waves, perfect for surfing, water sports and the beautiful heritage that is still preserved, guarantees a perfect getaway.
Best Time to Go: March-Sept. It’s an island and it can get very windy, which may restrict you to visit some attractions in the colder seasons.
How to get there: I travelled there by Condor ferries from Poole Harbour, which is the cheapest option to get there. It is roughly £85 around April/May for a return which is a pretty good deal. The ferry also stops at Guernsey, another island before Jersey, this is a beautiful spot to visit too. Otherwise, you can go by flight via Bournemouth Airport, around £100 during the same season.
Duration: Around 4 hours by ferry and by flight it should take around 1hr depending which carrier you’re flying with.
Where to Stay: I stayed at Merton Hotel, which would cost £232 for one person for 3 nights, and includes a buffet breakfast; however you can choose if you would like to include a buffet dinner. Their leisure facility are included in the price, it includes an indoor and outside swimming pool with slides, a sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. I definitely utilised all of these whilst I was there! Other hotels such as The Hampshire Hotel costs £171 during April for 4 nights which is a very good deal. If you would like to find more go on Visit Jersey which has a wide range of options ranging from 5* hotels, budget hotels, Camping holidays, Hostels and more..
Places to Visit: There are so many different aspects of Jersey from culture to nature. It might be a small island, but the discovering is endless. The Jersey War Tunnels is one of the island most special heritage site, it portrays the island suffering during WW2 when the Germans occupied the island, (the Channel Islands being the only British land to be captured by the German). It is definitely worth a visit!
Jersey is filled with historical castles such as The Elizabeth Castle built on a bay, which has defended Jersey for more than 300 years. We couldn’t visit due to the poor, rainy weather as it’s only accessible during low tide, however, you can get there by foot or by the ferry.
Another castle we visited instead was the Mont Orgueil Castle, this has the most beautiful scenery once you climb to the top. Once again, when the weather is good, you can see the Northern of France at the top of the castle.
We had the chance to visit Durrell Zoo. This zoo aims to protect animals who are the most endangered in the world after the Dodo had become extinct due to humans. There are Orangutans which are all different ages- they can be so entertaining I didn’t want to leave! Other animals include flamingoes, tamarin monkeys, different species of lizards, meerkats and so much more!
Other places to visit: The market in St.Helier is definitely a splash of colours, with fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish mongers and the beautiful fountain in the middle.
Jersey is known for walking and while going around you very may as well enjoy the scenery, like the beautiful blue beach which we seem to lack here in England. What I loved about this little island is that there was a mix of French and British-ness, be it the architecture or the food, I found that simply intriguing!
Edited by Natalie Whitmore