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Heritage is a big part of island life and Guernsey has a story to tell around every corner. Discover burial mounds dating back to Neolithic times, Napoleonic sea defences and reminders of the German occupation.
During WW2 the islands were invaded by the German army and occupied for five years. During this time many families were separated and reminders of the occupation can still be seen around the island today. Every year Guernsey celebrates its freedom on Liberation on 9 May which is a bank holiday on the island. There is always a programme of events based in St Peter Port, as well as additional events around the island.
Explore Guernsey's Heritage
St Peter Port:Historic St Peter Port nestles against a hillside sweeping down to one of the world's most beautiful harbours bursting with yachts and fishing boats. The feel is most definitely Mediterranean. The town's collection of narrow lanes and alleyways lead uphill from the sea to a skyline of church steeples and red-painted roof tops. Fine Georgian fades line the quaint, cobbled High Street and adjacent pedestrianised streets draw you in with the promise of another delight around the corner.
Castle Cornet: Much of the medieval architecture remains intact and museums inside cover the maritime and military history dating back over 800 years. At midday, two redcoats fire a one-gun salute from the castle's Royal Battery. The Castle's summer opening hours start from tomorrow (Friday 31st March) with the cannon fired at noon each day. Open daily from 10am-5pm with guided tours taking place at 10.30am. http://www.visitguernsey.com/castle-cornet
Candie Gardens: This rare example of a late 19th century public flower garden is one of the British Isles' oldest known heated glass-houses.
Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery: A modern building which houses all manner of information and exhibitions of Guernsey's history.
Hauteville House: The French writer, Victor Hugo, spent 15 years in exile in Guernsey during the 19th century and his St Peter Port house is well worth a visit. Open from Saturday 1st April - 10am -4pm daily (except Wednesdays). http://www.visitguernsey.com/victor-hugo-house
Little Chapel: Possibly the smallest church in the world modelled on the shrine at Lourdes and decorated in shells and pottery. The Little Chapel will be closed to the public for 4 days from Monday 3rd April while the scaffolding is removed. From 8th April, the Little Chapel will be back open to the public with full access available.
German Military Underground Hospital & German Occupation Museum: This building has altered little since the end of World War II and a visit is a very moving experience, whilst the German Occupation Museum has an extensive collection of Nazi memorabilia. Open from 12.30-4.30pm for the summer. http://www.visitguernsey.com/content/german-naval-signals-hq
Oatlands Village: Home to all manner of crafts.
Saumarez Manor: One of the Channel Islands' best preserved 18th century buildings. Although still lived in, you can take a tour of the house and the grounds boast a subtropical woodland garden, a pitch and putt and a miniature railway.
Fort Grey & Shipwreck Museum: The museum is situated at the southern end of Rocquaine Bay and is one of the island's three Martello towers. It was built in 1804 as a defence against French invasion. The sea surrounding the fort has seen many ships sink on the rocks below and local researchers have managed to locate over 100 shipwrecks. Open from Friday 31st March from 10am – 4.30pm daily. http://www.visitguernsey.com/fort-grey