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Things to see and do in Alderney

Tourist offices

Alderney Tourism Office

Address: PO Box 1001, Alderney, GY9 3AA
Telephone: +44 1481 822 333.
Website: http://www.visitalderney.com

Attractions in Alderney

Alderney lighthouse

Alderney's historic lighthouse at the eastern end of the island near Quesnard Point has served as a watchful eye since its construction in 1912. 32m (96ft) in height, it is well worth climbing its stairs for the view.

Bird watching

Bird watching tops most people's lists for things to do in Alderney. Longis Bay, next to Longis Common is a birder's favourite.

Boat tour

The Alderney Wildlife Trust (www.alderneywildlife.org) organises round-island boat tours. For seabird spotting, especially for puffins and gannets, by boat is the way to go.

Cinema

The Alderney Cinema is in an old 19th century cinema which until recently still broke for half-time while the projectionist changed the film reel. Three to four current releases are shown each month, and screenings are organised and managed by volunteers from the Alderney Cinema Club.

Fishing

There is no permission needed to fish anywhere from the coastline or the harbour, so find some tack and drop in a line. Local shops are well-stocked with equipment and advice. The Angling Festival (www.alderneyangling.com) is held annually in October.

Golf

The golfing on Alderney is good with a nine-hole course overlooking the water. For information, contact the Alderney Golf Club (www.alderney.org/golf).

Ride the rails

Take a ride in a reclaimed London Underground carriage with the Alderney Railway (www.alderneyrailway.com). It's the only railway on the Channel Islands.

Sail

From Alderney you can sail to the other Channel Islands and France. Sailing is a favorite sport here and the Alderney Sailing Club (www.alderneysailingclub.com/) organises several annual events and races, including the Alderney International Sailing Regatta (usually held in July).

St Anne

Explore the island's main town of St Anne, which dates back to the 15th century and has numerous shops and inns lining its cobbled streets.

St Anne's Church

St Anne's focal point is the town church, often referred to as the 'Cathedral of the Channel Islands' as it is one of the largest in the Channel Islands. It is also the home of the Alderney Society Museum, which documents the island's history from Neolithic times.

Swimming

Alderney is blessed with numerous sandy beaches which are perfect for soaking up the sun or splashing about in the surf. Recommended for windsurfing and waterskiing are Arch Bay, Braye Bay, Clonque and Say. Board surfers should head to Corblets.

Walking

The Alderney Wildlife Trust (www.alderneywildlife.org) has published a series of recommended walks and also offers guided tours throughout the main season. The entire island can be traversed, with every side offering scenic views.