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Welcome to our page of information, attractions and places of interest around Jersey.

Jersey measures 9 miles by 5 miles and is the largest of the Channel Islands. It lies approximately 14 miles from Normandy and approximately 100 miles from Weymouth and the south coast of England. Although part of the UK, with its thriving economy and mainland France visible from its east coast, Jersey has its own distinct identity - with a uniquely French influence. As the most southerly island of the British Isles, Jersey is usually the warmest place in the UK during the summer. The island has 12 parishes, all having access to the sea and almost all named after saints.

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Visitor attractions and information - Jersey

AttractionsJersey Lavender Farm, Rue du Pont Marquet, St. Brelade. Tel. 01534 742933. Fields of fragrant lavender with a working distillery and bottling rooms. Here the oil is distilled, matured and made into a range of fragrances, soaps and toiletries. There is a national collection of lavenders, extensive gardens, herb beds and walks among the lavender fields. Open during the summer.

Attractions Jersey Zoo - Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Les Augrès Manor, Trinity. Tel. 01534 860000. Gerald Durrell's unique sanctuary and breeding centre for many of the world's rarest animals.

Attractions Elizabeth Castle, St Helier. Tel: 01534 723971. The original Elizabethan fortress was extended in the 17th and 18th centuries, then refortified by the germans during the occupation. Please telephone for details.

Attractions Samares Manor, St Clement JE2 6QW Tel: 01534 870551. The manor stands in 14 acres of beautiful gardens, including a Japanese garden and one of the largest herb gardens in Britain. Craft centre, farm animals and chldren's play area.

Attractions Jersey Museum, The Weighbridge, St Helier JE2 3NF. The bright and spacious Jersey Museum offers hours of interest and enjoyment. Home to 'The Story of Jersey', Jersey's art gallery, an exhibition gallery and an audio-visual theatre

Attractions Maritime Museum and Occupation Tapestry Gallery, North Quay, St Helier. Tel: 01534 811043. This converted 19th-century warehouse houses a tapestry consisting of 12 two-metre panels, telling the story of occupation of Jersey during the war.

Attractions St Brelade's church. Legend surrounds the church situated at the end of St. Brélade's Bay. Long ago, the islanders who lived in the area now called Les Quennevais wanted a church built near their homes. However les p'tits faîtchieaux (the little people) who had their temple in a nearby dolmen were disturbed by the construction of the foundations and, every night, would undo the construction work and magically transport all the tools and materials down to the shoreline. Eventually the humans gave up and built the church where the fairies had indicated.

AttractionsThe Elms, St Mary is the headquarters of the National Trust for Jersey and is situated at the St. Mary's end of St. Peter's Valley.

Attractions Greve de Lecq beach is well worth a day trip, where you can watch the fishermen unload their catch and soak up the sun on one of the islander’s favourite stretches of sand. Coarse golden sand, good facilities including several cafes and pubs, and a large number of parking places make Greve de Lecq an excellent beach for all the family.

Attractions Greve De Lecq Barracks & North Coast Visitor Centre, St Mary. Tel: 01534 483193. The barracks were built in 1810 and used for civilian housing from the end of WW1 to 1972, when they were bought by the National Trust and made into a museum.

Attractions The dolmens at Le Couperon and Faldouet are among the prehistoric remains in the parish. La Pouquelaye de Faldouet features on the reverse of the Jersey ten pence coin and was the inspiration for the poem Nomen, numen, lumen written by Victor Hugo in 1855 during his exile in Jersey.

AttractionsThe rock known as Le Saut Geffroy, or Geoffroy's Leap, is reputed to be an ancient place of execution where criminals were thrown into the sea.

Attractions St Mont Orgueil Castle, Gorey, St. Martin, Jersey JE2 3NF
The castle is located overlooking the harbour of Gorey. The site had been fortified in the prehistoric period, but the construction of the castle was undertaken following the division of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204. The heritage site has been managed by the Jersey Heritage Trust since 1994.

AttractionsSt. Aubins Fort was built in the 1540's to protect the ships that anchored there. These days visitors can access the islet by foot at low tide to see the German fortifications which were added in the Second World War during the occupation of Jersey.

Attractions St. Aubin is now the hub of the parish of St. Brelade. The Parish Hall is housed in the former railway station.

Attractions St Saviour Parish Church, St Saviour. Tel: 736679. St Saviour Parish Church is the burial place of Jersey's most famous daughter, Emilie Charlotte le Breton, better known as Lillie Langtry. She was born in the Rectory, and married twice in the church. She was later buried in the churchyard. The church has a distinctive square tower.

AttractionsThe residence of Jersey's Lieutenant Governor, close by to the Parish Church, is in St. Saviour. Government House was the third of the Island's residences for the Governor, the first and second being Mont Orgueil and Elizabeth Castle.

Attractions The Parish Hall in St Saviour is opposite the church. In summer most of the Island's parish halls are decorated with flowers. In winter the granite architecture is more easily seen.

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Domino Guesthouse
6 Vauxhall St
St Helier
Jersey
JE2 4TJ

Domino Central is ideally placed in Jersey's capital, St HelierDomino Guesthouse accommodation Jersey Channel Isles
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St. Magloire Guesthouse
Rue Du Crocquet
St. Aubin
Jersey JE3 8BZ

St. Magloire GuesthouseBed and breakfast in St Aubin. Situated on Jersey's south coast, in a quiet, old world street in the picturesque fishing village of St. Aubin. A family run guest house, St. Magloire is full of character, only yards away from the sea, offering fantastic views from the balcony and many of the bedrooms. The village offers many bars and restaurants to explore. Sea sports, cycle hire and golf courses are all very close.more details St. Magloire Guesthouse

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