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Things to see and do in Jersey

Tourist offices

Jersey Tourism

Address: Liberation Place, St Helier, JE1 1BB
Telephone: 0153 444 8800
Website: http://www.jersey.com

Attractions in Jersey

Cycling

Jersey's network of 'Green Lanes', which have a 24kph (15mph) speed limit, are ideal for cyclists.

Dining

Fresh seafood, quality country pubs and Michelin-starred restaurants mean Jersey is a great place for eating out. Whether you're tucking into steaming calamari, pan-seared veal or steak and chips, chances are it'll be delicious.

Elizabeth Castle

In St Helier, admire Elizabeth Castle (www.jerseyheritagetrust.org), which stands on an island in the bay, accessible by a causeway at low tide. This imposing fortress withstood Cromwell's forces for seven weeks in 1651, and housed occupying Germans during WWII.

Fishing

Sub-aqua enthusiasts and anglers should head for Bouley Bay on the northeast coast; it is a fishing harbour with an old fort and a small sandy beach.

Flowers

Marvel at the spectacle of flower-festooned floats and entertainers at the Battle of Flowers festival in August. The museum in St Ouen displays floats entered in the Battle of Flowers.

Get crafty

Go on a pottery, candle-making or leatherwork course, which are very popular in Jersey.

Golf

Jersey has two famous 18-hole golf courses: La Moye in St Brelade and Royal Jersey in Grouville (www.royaljersey.com). Both require proof of handicap or membership in a recognised club. Anyone can play at 18-hole Les Mielles or Les Ormes and nine-hole Wheatlands or Greve D'Azette.

Hamptonne

Explore this restored traditional farm, representing Jersey's farming heritage between 17th-19th centuries. Walk round the thatched buildings and hear tales from Hamptonne's collection of characters.

Jersey War Tunnels

Pay a visit to the Jersey War Tunnels (www.jerseywartunnels.com); an underground hospital that now contains displays on and memorabilia from WWII. The tunnel complex was hewn out of the rock by forced labour during the occupation of Jersey by German Forces.

Jersey Zoological Park

Discover many endangered species at the Jersey Zoological Park, in Trinity, the headquarters of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (www.durrellwildlife.org), founded by the late Gerald Durrell.

La Hougue Bie

This museum housed in a massive neolithic tomb in Grouville dates back 5,000 years and has exhibitions on the agriculture, archaeology, geology and history of the island.

Mont Orgeuil Castle

See the mighty Mont Orgeuil Castle at Gorey, as well as a number of restored military bunkers dotted along the coast.

Museums

Also in St Helier, wander along Fort Regent's ramparts and go to the award-winning Jersey Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Occupation Tapestry Gallery.

Ocean views

Enjoy fine views from Jersey's 'Points', clifftop headlands overlooking the sea. Most of these are on the northern side of the island, notably those at Grosnez and Plemont on the northwest corner.

Swimming

The extensive beaches to either side of St Helier in the south; stretching 5km (3 miles) west around St Aubin's Bay and east to La Roque Point are the most picturesque. However, at all Jersey beaches, beware of very strong currents.

Traditional skills

Browse for traditional crafts in the island's many excellent workshops. Leatherwork at L'Etacq (St Ouen) and stoneground flour from local corn at Le Moulin de Quetivel, St Peter's Valley, and Grouville is home to Jersey Pottery, also renowned for its restaurant and gardens.

Walking

The north has the highest land and most rugged scenery, but gentler walks are possible inland and in the south. One suggested route round the island follows the line of the old Jersey Railway which runs from St Aubin to the lighthouse at Corbière on the island's southwestern tip.

Watersports

Watersports such as windsurfing and water skiing are best attempted at one of the island's most popular and beautiful beaches, St Brelade's Bay, west of St Aubin.

West coast surfing

Visitors rave about the surfing found on the west coast; particularly off the sweeping 8km (5-mile) sandy beach on St Ouen's Bay.

Wine tasting

Drop by for a taste of local tipple at La Mare Vineyards, close to Devil's Hole. The vineyards are set in the grounds of an 18th-century farmhouse and visitors can enjoy displays from the local cider industry.