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About St. Peter Port

A busy port since Roman times and one-time home of Victor Hugo, Guernsey's capital, St Peter Port, is the prettiest town in the Channel Islands with fine Georgian and Regency houses, tumbling terraced gardens, winding streets and hidden leafy alleyways.

The best way to discover the true beauty of Guernsey is on foot, exploring the Ruettes - tranquil, quiet lanes that are dedicated to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

And history lovers will be in their element exploring Castle Cornet, the last Royalist stronghold of the English Civil War and now home to several museums and theatrical events.

Fort Grey was a bastion against Napoleon and is now a fascinating Shipwreck Museum while the German Occupation Museum gives a vivid account of island life during WWII.

When you have finished sightseeing, do leave time for shopping, as Duty Free Guernsey offers some of the world's best bargains on cameras and electrical goods, jewellery, perfume and wine (please note opening times might change during the weekend)

 

Shore excursions in St. Peter Port

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Walk to Town and Castle Cornet

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

A delightful walk that will allow you to enjoy the charm of St Peter Port, the surrounding scenery and Castle Cornet.

You’ll be met by your guide at the pier and walk into the centre of the colourful town of St Peter Port, which has a fascinating history. A busy port since Roman times, the deep, safe anchorage and relative remoteness from France has made the town the Channel Islands’ premier port. With its cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and picturesque seafront marina, it is considered one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns. Your guide will regale you with the town’s history, as we walk through the bustling streets.

From the harbour, with its forest of masts and the bustling Fish Quay, you’ll see Castle Cornet, which has stood guard over the town for 800 years. Originally built on an island, it is now reachable by a causeway, which you’ll cross to visit the castle. From here, we will have the most arresting views over St Peter Port and the sea.

Dating back to the mid-13th Century and started as a fortification against the French after the island decided to side with England after the loss of Normandy. It has since been used as a garrison, arsenal and prison. Today, the castle contains a number of interesting museums that we will have time to visit at the end of the tour. A tea or coffee and a delicious piece of local Guernsey cake will be served in the refectory, before taking the walk back along the harbour to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. This tour involves around 2½ - 3 hours of leisurely walking over varying terrain, including some uneven ground and slight inclines. There are approximately 30 steps at Castle Cornet. Flat, comfortable non slip shoes are recommended.

Chartered Ferry to Herm Island

Activity medium

Duration: 3¾ hours

The tiny island of Herm is a world away in its pace of life and is a haven of natural beauty and peacefulness.

Step aboard a specially chartered ferry for a ride across to Herm. Located 3 miles off the coast of Guernsey, Herm is a little gem that is well worth discovering.

Once ashore, you’ll be met by a local guide who will provide you with a map and offer plenty of information on what to see and do, before you head off to explore independently.

The whole island can be discovered within a few hours and for its 300 acre size there is plenty to keep you occupied, not to mention the wonderful surrounding views to be admired. The island is home to the world’s smallest prison and you’ll also find interesting ‘standing stones’ dating from around 3000 B.C. The tiny 11th century chapel is well worth a visit and for those looking for duty free shopping, head to the local mall.

At the end of your visit, sit back and take in the some lasting final views of Herm, as you take the chartered ferry ride back to Guernsey.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by ferry and on foot. The ferry ride is around 20 minutes and can carry 250 passengers. A minimum of 60 passengers is required for the ferry to operate and is subject to cancellation if this is not met. Depending on the tides, there may be steep steps to board and disembark the ferry. There is around 3 hours of free time at your own leisure; therefore the amount of walking is at your discretion. Regular services are held at the chapel and inside visits are not permitted during this time. No entrance fees have been included.

Coast and Countryside Drive

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

A mix of stunning scenery, intriguing history and island living that will leave a lasting impression on all who set foot on Guernsey.

A perfect introduction to an island small in size but big on charm, spectacular with its scenery and historical with its relevance to World War II. See all that the beautiful island of Guernsey has to offer, from the dramatic cliffs in the south, to the magical bays and sandy beaches in the west, and the capital, St Peter Port, in the east.

Driving alongside the pretty harbour and shopping centre of St Peter Port, pass the 11th century town church and 12th century Castle Cornet. Discover the charming Little Chapel, a unique miniature church set in the quiet Guernsey countryside, which not only has an unusual appearance, but a unique history. Just 19 by 15 feet in size and decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of china, its tiny alcoves barely hold 3 people at any one time.

As your journey takes you through country lanes leading to the west coast, capture the beautiful seascape from the high vantage point of Pleinmont cliffs during a photo stop. Breathe in the sea air as you view coastal fortifications from the Second World War, and appreciate the magnificent scenery that makes the island of Guernsey a special place to visit.

A stop will be made for tea or coffee and cake, with time to browse for some souvenirs at the quaint Guernsey Pearl, superbly located overlooking Fort Grey and out to sea.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Your coach driver will be your guide on this tour. The order of highlights may vary. The walk to the Little Chapel is paved and flat, with steps to enter.

Gardens of Guernsey

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Visit three vibrant highlights of Guernsey to discover why the island has such a fine reputation for striking flowers and gardens.

Travelling Inland from St Peter Port along winding country lanes, you’ll make a stop at the Tropical Gardens at Sausmarez Manor. This truly spectacular garden is a partner garden of the Royal Horticultural Society and recommended by the Good Garden Guide.

Next, your coach will take you on a short trip out to the beautiful western coastline from Pleinmont Point up to Cobo for you to enjoy the views out to sea before returning inland to the lovely Candie Gardens. Here, you’ll have time at leisure to view the beautiful flowers and plants.

Your final stop will be at the privately owned Grange Court; featuring formal and informal areas with mixed shrubs, perennial borders, magnificent trees (including a wonderful copper beach), and a beautiful rose garden. Features of the garden include the remains of an elegant old stone orangery which forms the backdrop to the rose garden, and an impressive Victorian ‘cactus’ greenhouse, all located in lovely surroundings in this immaculately maintained mature town garden right in the centre of the islands capital, St. Peter Port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour over grass and uneven surfaces and inclines that could be slippery when wet. Flat-soled comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

The German Occupation of Guernsey

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Gain an insight into life on this peaceful green island when it was in the grip of the German Occupation.

The German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II left the islanders with many visible reminders of their control. Quickly consolidating their position, the German forces built fortifications and observation towers on the cliffs which can still clearly be seen today.

Visit the German Military Museum, which is set in air-conditioned tunnels, originally built by the German´s as a fuel storage facility for U-Boats. The exhibits are split into several different areas each depicting a theme. The explanation of the items on display will add to your experience at this extremely thought-provoking Museum.

The Underground Hospital is a further remnant, and the largest structural reminder of the German Occupation existing in the Channel Islands. The maze of tunnels in this incredible structure covers about 75,000 square feet. The hospital comprises of 2 main corridors each with wards, operating theatres and x-ray rooms. Although little remains of the equipment, you’ll see beds, cooking arrangements and the heating plant, and most of all you will be in the cool, damp environment which will enable you to contemplate what the true purpose of the building might have been.

At Pleinmont, take in the spectacular views over the cliffs of the west coast of Guernsey and view the impressive gun emplacements.

There will be a stop for refreshments of tea or coffee and cake during your tour and the opportunity to view German defences at close quarters.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are 3 blocks of 8 steps to negotiate at the Military Museum. The surfaces in the hospital are level, but will be damp and in subdued lighting. Please wear warm clothing in the hospital. The coach driver will also be your guide on this tour.

 

A selection of cruises to St. Peter Port

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