Cultured Jersey always has something up its sleeve

My partner and I want to treat ourselves to a short break and are thinking of visiting Jersey during the summer. We love all things cultural so we’d love some suggestions on what to see and do while we’re there.

My partner and I want to treat ourselves to a short break and are thinking of visiting Jersey during the summer. We love all things cultural so we’d love some suggestions on what to see and do while we’re there.

Unspoiled landscapes and a unique blend of English and French influences make Jersey a fantastic summer holiday destination. Attracting thousands of tourists from across the globe each year, visitors are captivated by the natural beauty and atmosphere that this island has to offer. Whatever your taste, you’ll find something to your liking. Whether the island’s fascinating history, its cycling or the abundant water sports available, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

A great way to explore Jersey is to take a relaxing stroll around the island and discover the many hidden beaches, lush valleys and tranquil lanes. If you are green-fingered, a visit to the Gardens of Samarès Manor are a must-see. Dating back to the 1920s, the gardens have undergone substantial restoration and development including the creation of one of Europe’s most comprehensive herb gardens, a Japanese garden, roses, ponds and parkland.

Jersey has a fascinating history and is bursting with museums and heritage attractions making it ideal for culture vultures! Take a tour around some of the magnificent castles such as Gorey or Elizabeth Castle, or check out the Maritime Museum where you can learn about the history of the island’s occupation in World War II. The Jersey War Tunnels are a fascinating and sobering experience and are also well worth a visit.

If you are feeling adventurous, Jersey has plenty of activities to keep you occupied from kayaking to rock climbing to scuba diving.

For a shopping spree, this is the ideal place because the island is a low-duty area and you don’t have to pay any VAT. With a combination of designer brands, high street names as well as more individual and independent shops, there’s something for everyone in the well-known St. Helier shopping centre. You’ll also find some vibrant Victorian markets and local crafts across the island including the famous Jersey pottery.

From Michelin-star restaurants, to country pubs and beachside bistros offering simple staples, eating out on the island is a pleasure. When in Jersey you should try the variety of seafood on offer and keep a look out for the ormer, the rare marine snail prized by locals as a delicacy.

Although it may be a small island, there is no shortage of entertainment. The island is home to a large cinema, two annual film festivals and several theatres such as Jersey Opera House and St. James as well as numerous performance venues. Jersey also has a good selection of bars and clubs as well as some great waterfront pubs and the island is host to four acclaimed festivals each year.

Where to stay:

L Horizon and Spa (****)

Prices start from €100 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

This four-star hotel is set on the beautiful St. Brelade beach and close to Reg’s Garden and St. Brelade’s Church. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of the hotel’s indoor pool sauna, steam room and gym. The hotel also offers two spa treatment rooms where many treatments can be booked in advance.

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel (****)

Prices start from €134 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is located in the popular St. Helier area and is overlooking its very own marina. Relax and unwind in the hotel health club which features an indoor pool, steam room and sauna. Guestrooms enjoy either a city or sea view and all bedding is made of Egyptian cotton linen. Enjoy a meal in either the Waterfront Brasseries or Martello Bar which include a terrace that allows diners to enjoy al-fresco dining.

Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa (*****)

Prices start from €121 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

This five-star hotel is located next to the banking district which offers a number of sophisticated restaurants and an exclusive, atmospheric Champagne Lounge. The hotel offers and extensive spa which features six treatment rooms, spa, steam room, sauna and a relaxation room.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!