Ultimate Jersey Travel Guide: Written by a Local
I was born and raised in Jersey, which is a stunning island located in the English Channel, off the coast of Normandy, France.
The official language of Jersey is English, but French is also widely spoken, reflecting the island’s close proximity to France.
Despite being the largest Channel Island, it’s still barely a dot on the map, taking up just 46.2 square miles of the planet, with the Jersey island population being roughly 105, 000 people (although it NEVER feels this populated!)
As someone who grew up in Jersey, I can attest that it’s a naturally beautiful island that’s definitely worth a visit. It’s known for its stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, and rich history.
Whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, cultural attractions, or just enjoying the island’s natural beauty, Jersey has something for everyone. I may be biased, but I truly believe that Jersey is one of the most underrated destinations in Europe!
So go ahead and plan your Jersey island vacation before this charming destination becomes too crowded!
Things to do in Jersey Channel Islands
1. Jersey Zoo
Jersey Zoo is a world-renowned conservation centre that was founded by the late naturalist, Gerald Durrell. The Zoo is home to lots of amazing creatures, from adorable sloths to Andean bears, making it a must-visit destination in Jersey for any nature lovers.
Fun fact: Jersey Zoo was home to Jambo the great ape, who famously protected a little boy that accidentally fell into his enclose in 1986, making headlines worldwide!
2. Jersey War Tunnels
The Jersey War Tunnels were an underground network used by the Germans during World War II, which are now open to the public.
For any history buffs, the tunnels have got to be one of the best things to do in Jersey, as you can take a guided tour of them and learn about the island’s fascinating wartime history.
If you have time, I highly recommend doing an Escape Room here, where you’ll find clues, break codes, solve puzzles and find the key to your freedom!
3. Mont Orgueil Castle
Built over 800 years ago, Mont Orgueil Castle overlooks Gorey, which is a tiny west-coast village that exudes charm.
When you explore this iconic castle, you’ll find Medieval architecture, secret passageways, and hidden rooms, making it a fascinating day out.
If you fancy doing something different, why not abseil down the castle walls? It’s totally unique and one of the top things to do in Jersey to get your adrenaline pumping!
4. Shopping in St Helier
St Helier is the capital of Jersey and shopping here is an experience not to be missed.
It’s not just about shopping – it’s about strolling through the quaint cobbled streets and squares, discovering hidden corners and local boutiques.
Spend some time exploring the gorgeous pedestrian streets that surround Jersey’s central market and you’ll discover an array of shops, from beachwear to designer labels, chic home boutiques to delicatessens and more.
Top tips: Try West’s Centre, Halkett Place and Bath Street and the network of streets in between. And remember, there’s no VAT in Jersey so go wild!
5. Shooting at Lecq Clay Target Club
Experience the exhilarating sport of clay pigeon shooting in the beautiful Jersey countryside at Lecq Clay Target Club.
Much to my delight, all skill levels are totally welcome here (thank god, since I scored 1/30 and never went back!)
This is one of the most popular things to do in Jersey and shouldn’t be missed when visiting the island.
6. Explore the National Park
The Jersey National Park aims to protect, conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage within its 2,145 designated hectares, so that it can be enjoyed by everyone who spends time in it.
There’s literally so many opportunities for relaxation, outdoor activities and cleansing the soul here.
The Park also plays host to a huge range of events throughout the year – film festivals, music concerts, wellness retreats, surf competitions and endurance races (just to name a few!) You can check them all out here.
This is the perfect place to spend a wholesome day on your Jersey adventure.
7. Seafari Adventures
Jersey Seafaris offers regular RIB boat trips, tours & private charters around Jersey’s magnificent coastline & offshore islands. It’s truly the ultimate Jersey experience on water.
So far, I’ve been lucky enough to do their day trips to Herm Island, Sark Island, Carteret (France) and the North Coast of Jersey. I can fully attest that each trip is unique and unforgettable! Be sure to add it to your Jersey itinerary if you have time!
8. North Coast Walk
Jersey’s northern coast offers the most gorgeous walking trails, characterised by cliffs blanketed in gorse and bracken, with hidden bays and coves below. The undisturbed coastal path that meanders along the island’s entire length offers a fantastic hiking experience.
I suggest starting your journey at Bouley Bay, then traverse the coastal trail to St. Catherine’s, ensuring the ocean remains to your left to stay on track.
Then take a refreshing break or dip in the sea at Rozel (one of the island’s prettiest harbours). Grab a bite to eat at The Hungry Man – I highly recommend trying their famous ‘marshmallow mountain’ (a giant hot chocolate). This should keep you going until you reach the island’s northeast corner!
9. Discover the Best Beaches in Jersey
There’s no shortage of beautiful scenery to enjoy on your visit to Jersey, especially when it comes to our stunning beaches.
The island actually has over 50 miles of coastline and in my opinion the top 3 Jersey beaches are:
- Saint Brelades – this gorgeous Jersey beach is the island’s most popular due to its golden sands, safe swimming, and amazing restaurants and gardens that surround it.
- Saint Ouens – with miles of beautiful sand, cleansed twice a day by Atlantic surf, St. Ouen’s Bay is a spiritual home for Jersey surfers.
- Portelet Bay – getting here is an adventure in itself! Those who dare to descend down the steep steps are rewarded by a stunning bay with crystal clear waters. As Portelet faces south, you can bask in the sun’s rays throughout the day.
10. ‘Champagne’ and Oyster Tour
Do something totally different and venture into the crystal clear waters of Seymour Oyster beds to experience the wonderful world of oysters.
Enjoy a walk in this magical environment and learn how oysters are cultivated here, which is one of the most extensive tidal ranges in the world.
This is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Jersey.
11. Catch Le Petit Train
All aboard Jersey’s tourist train!
There are two little trains that you can catch in Jersey, which offer fantastic views of St. Aubin’s Bay.
Both run at regular times seven days a week (during April-October), and I see everyone of all ages on this train day in day out!
12. The Surf Yard
A place where the waves, the sky and the sand, are never the same twice!
Taking a lesson at the Surf Yard is one of the best things to do in Jersey, as St. Ouen’s Bay faces the Atlantic Ocean, which creates ideal conditions for surfing most of the year.
Surf Lessons are available for both beginner and advanced levels.
13. Jersey Falconry
Join Richard Hall, Falconer of 32 years, in getting up close and personal with stunning birds of prey at the Jersey Falconry.
This cool experience is set within the beautiful grounds of St. John’s Manor, making for a truly epic day out on your Jersey island vacation!
14. Spa Sirène at The Royal Yacht
Within The Royal Yacht, a swanky hotel in the capital, lies the award winning Spa Sirène.
After visiting this haven several times, I can attest that you’ll be in for a truly indulgent treat here, it’s got to be the best spa in Jersey 🧖🏼♀️ 🧖🏻♀
Top tip: Get their hot stone massage, you won’t regret it!
15. Skydive Jersey
Skydiving in Jersey offers an unparalleled adrenaline rush paired with breath-taking views. You’ll get to experience the island from an entirely new perspective.
Don’t worry, the experience at Skydive Jersey is highly regulated and conducted by professional instructors, making it safe even for beginners.
Whether you’re an adventure junkie or someone looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, skydiving in Jersey is an exhilarating adventure.
16. Valley Adventure Centre
Experience excitement from the ground up! Jersey’s only high ropes adventure centre with much, much more!
Set in a secluded and stunning natural valley, the Valley Adventure Centre offers an amazing range of fun activities for everyone, all year round, making it one of the top things to do in Jersey!
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices like your smart phone app. You basically navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then search for the geocache (container) hidden at that location. It’s a super fun and unique experience that allows you to combine a love of technology with nature and exploration.
This is the ideal activity in Jersey since every corner you turn is absolutely stunning and there’s always something new to discover!
18. Roccos Adventure Golf
Check out Rocco’s Crazy, Mini & Adventure Golf, which is right in the heart of St. Ouen’s Bay.
Once you’re done why not head to the gorgeous beach (it’s right opposite the course) or grab an ice cream from the van next door.
Trying our world famous Jersey Ice Cream is an absolute must-do activity on your Jersey getaway.
Best Restaurants in Jersey: A Foodie Guide
Jersey is known for its delicious local produce, including fresh seafood, Jersey Royals (potatoes), and creamy dairy products (our cows are world famous!) Fortunately, there’s loads of restaurants on the island where you can sample these local delicacies.
In my opinion, these are the top restaurants in Jersey:
- Samphire Fine dining heaven! Samphire is a luxurious Michelin Star restaurant in the heart of Jersey’s capital. Once you taste some of the delicious fares from the menu, you’ll understand why it’s one of the best restaurants in Jersey. FYI, the truffle pasta is divine.
- Awabi – bringing the atmosphere of Asia’s late-night drinking dens to Jersey, Awabi serves modern pan-Asian food within the context of a European wine bar. It’s the best place to have lunch after shopping til you drop in St Helier.
- El Tico – head here for the most delicious pancakes in Jersey and panoramic views of Saint Ouens bay. This is the best causal restaurant in Jersey according to 99% of locals.
Where to Stay in Jersey
Jersey has amazing accommodations to suit a variety of budgets. Here are my top picks:
Longueville Manor: Just outside St Helier, this 14th-century manor house features a 3 AA-Rosette restaurant, an outdoor pool with al fresco dining and a casual cocktail bar.
Set in 18 acres of private woodland with its own tennis court, croquet lawn and jogging trails, Longueville Manor is undoubtedly the best luxury hotel in Jersey. It also serves the most boujee afternoon tea on the island!
If you’re looking for a fancy excursion then why not Charter Fizz Too – Longueville Manors’ exclusive private luxury yacht! It’s a beautiful British built Princess 42, with an overall length of 44 feet.
Old Court House Inn: On the harbour at St Aubin, the Old Court House Inn provides luxurious rooms and a restaurant and bar on Jersey’s southern coast. The Inn enjoys stunning sea views and is close to the village’s shops, cafés and pubs. This is the best hotel in Jersey for anyone with a mid-range budget.
Hotel De Normandie: Ideally situated on Havre des Pas, this budget friendly Jersey hotel is opposite the beautiful Bay of St Clement and features free Wi-Fi, an indoor swimming pool and a modern bar.
🌞 Best Time to Visit Jersey 🌞
Jersey is one of the most southerly points in the British Isles and has a mild climate, making it an ideal destination for outdoor activities year-round. However, I strongly recommend visiting between June – August to really experience everything the island has to offer. Not much compares to a Jersey Summer!
👀 Jersey Travel Tips from an Insider 👀
Getting to Jersey Channel Islands: The island is very easy to reach from the United Kingdom, it’s just a short 40-minute journey by air, with frequent flights leaving from London and other regional airports each day. You can also get an overnight ferry across from Portsmouth (UK), which is ideal if you plan to bring a car.
Hire a Car: I HIGHLY recommend bringing your own car or at least hiring one when you get here, as the island is not well served by taxis (Uber does not exist here!) Otherwise, you will pay about £5 a minute in a Jersey black cab. You could resort to a long-running Jersey Facebook group that’s literally called ‘Jersey Lifts’ and you may be able to get someone to pick you up for a cheap fare (but of course I don’t recommend using our ‘local’ Uber!)
You can use the British pound here: Jersey is one of the more unique destinations in Europe, as it’s a British Crown Dependency, with its own government and legal system. The currency used is the Jersey pound, which is equivalent in value to the British pound (GBP) and English notes are accepted everywhere on the island.
Yes, I may be biased, but I genuinely believe that Jersey is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich culture, and delicious cuisine. It has something for everyone, from outdoor enthusiasts to history buffs!
I hope this post with the best places to see & travel tips for Jersey will help you to plan your own Jersey island vacation!
If you have any questions regarding visiting Jersey simply drop me a direct message via Instagram or leave a comment below.
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