Visiting Guernsey from the US
Set within a beautiful archipelago, Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands. It is the most centrally located, and within easy reach of its sister islands Alderney, Sark, Herm and Jersey. On a clear day, you can easily see the French coast as well.
The island is characterised by a varied coastline, sandy beaches and beautiful countryside with picturesque cottages and country homes. The scenery lends itself to the “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” movie and together with the friendly islanders, will make you feel right at home.
See and Do
Arriving on the island, you will quickly see why Mary Ann Shaffer fell in love with this stretch of land and inspired her to set her story in the stunning countryside of post-war Guernsey.
Visit the places that appear in the movie, and feel as if you are part of it.
Take a step back, and immerse yourself in the slower pace of life, and follow the footsteps of Juliet, Dawsey and co. Explore one of the island’s 27 beaches and bays, soak up the sunshine and take a dip in the clear blue sea. You will find some of the cleanest waters in Europe, which have an almost Caribbean feel.
Ramble along the beautiful cliff top walks and enjoy the seemingly never-ending views of rugged coastline and ocean.
Guernsey also boasts a rich and varied history. Dating back to 45000 BC, you can visit the possibly oldest manmade structure in Europe or follow Victor Hugo’s footsteps and learn about his creative life Guernsey during his Exile from 1855 – 1870.
In many places, Guernsey bears witness to its recent past with a number of fortifications built during the Occupation still visible. Find out more about how Islanders lived under German repression, and how lives progressed after the Liberation.
Guernsey is not only well-known for its stunning scenery, but also offers an abundance of gastronomic delights. Sit in one of the seafront restaurants and enjoy freshly caught lobster, delicate oysters or sea food and local produce or make a quick stop at one of the little roadside shacks or beach cafes. Why not delight yourself with a full Afternoon tea served with rich Guernsey cream made from the famous cow.
Here are two sample itineraries:
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Experience for Groups
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Experience for FIT
You can fly from the US to major cities in the UK. From here, hop on a flight from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton or Exeter straight to Guernsey.
There is also a regular ferry link. The fast ferry is operating out of Poole, and brings you to Guernsey in just over 3 hours. If you prefer a more leisurely journey, the ferry out of Portsmouth takes you to Guernsey in approx. 7 hours.
With 50 hotels ranging from simple sleeps to luxurious 5-star accommodations plus a number of guesthouses and self-catering properties, you will easily find the right place to put your head down and get a restful sleep before more explorations await.