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Jersey travel guide

About Jersey

The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey's landscape is varied and breathtaking, from shimmering secluded coves and undulating farmland to magnificent cliff-top views. This is a place for cycling quiet country lanes, spending hours on beautiful beaches, and enjoying the quiet life.

Jersey's romantic past as a once infamous spot for smugglers and pirates adds to its sense of idyllic remoteness. Traffic is non-existent, nor is there a drone of city noise. It's easy to understand why Jersey is a favourite destination for visitors both young and old. Family friendly and perfect for outdoor pursuits, Jersey continues to pride itself on its renowned reputation.

Key facts


116 sq km (45 sq miles).


102,700 (2015).

Population density:

869 per sq km.


St Helier.


Self-governing dependency of the British Crown.

Head of state:

HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1952, represented locally by Lieutenant-Governor Sir Stephen Dalton since March 2017.

Head of government:

Chief Minister John Le Fondré since 2018.