You don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to experience Jersey’s rich and multi-layered past. Jersey’s unique history has been moulded over time by Ice Age visitors, occupying forces, a mix of languages and local traditions. You can experience major historical sites dating back thousands of years, which are now open to the visiting public. From World War II bunkers to ancient burial grounds, farm houses, castles and caves.
Here's just a few places where you can delve into the island's colourful past:-
Discover Jersey's occupation story
The Channel Islands were the only part of the Britain Isles to be occupied by German forces in WW2 and there are many ways to experience Jersey’s occupation story. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the occupation at the Jersey War Tunnels. For a personal approach book a tour with History Alive whose knowledge is only surpassed by their passion. If you prefer to take things at your own pace, then download the free Geotourist app and follow the Liberation Trail or the Occupation Trail. The Forced Workers Trail was created in partnership with Jersey Heritage and Liberation Route Europe to tell the story of slaves brought to the island against their will during the Occupation. The five-year occupation came to an end on 09 May 1945 (Liberation Day), an event still celebrated annually with a Bank Holiday.
Jersey's prehistoric past
While Jersey’s first inhabitants have long gone, traces of their life – and death – live on. In Jersey, you’ll find some of the best-preserved prehistoric sites, dolmens and burial mounds in the world, including a building that’s older than the Egyptian pyramids. Sites to visit include Le Cotte de St Brelade, Le Dolmen de Mont Ubé, La Hougue Bie and Monts Grantez.
Military history and battlefield sites
Jersey’s military history has threaded its way through all periods and has shaped Jersey into what we see today. In Jersey you can find a military history spanning more than 3000 years, right up to the 20th century in just a few square miles. Sites to keep an eye out for include Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey, Greve de Lecq, Le Câtel de Rozel, La Rocque and Grosnez.