Information and Tourism
The Channel Islands are located in the English Channel, south of England and close to the north-western region of Normandy, France. Characterised by mild and often extremely sunny weather and literally hundreds of miles of coastline, the Channel Islands are home to plentiful sandy beaches, hidden coves, nature reserves and many delightful harbours. The main islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney, which are surrounded by a series of smaller rocky islets.
Jersey is the biggest of all the Channel Islands and has a population of around 95,000 people, almost 30,000 of which live in St. Helier, the capital town. A definite mixture of both England and France, Jersey contains a wealth of exceptional seafood restaurants and glorious beachfronts, such as St. Aubin's Bay, St. Ouen's Bay and St. Brelade's Bay, all of which remain quite natural and extremely undeveloped. Mont Orgueil Castle is just one of Jersey's many iconic castles, along with St. Aubin's Fort and La Corbiere Lighthouse.
Guernsey is the number two island after Jersey and contains a number of ancient fortifications and prehistoric structures, including the Neolithic burial site of Le Dehus Dolmen. Many attractions are based around St. Peter Port, the main town on the island. Castle Cornet is amongst the most notable landmarks on Guernsey and presides over the St. Peter Port waterfront.
WORLD GUIDES TO THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
World Guide to Guernsey, Channel Islands
Second only in terms of its overall size and popularity to Jersey, Guernsey is very much the number two Channel Island and features a definite subtropical feel. Superb beaches, secluded coves and cliff top walks are particular highlights.
World Guide to Jersey, Channel Islands
The biggest and most significant of all the Channel Islands, Jersey is also the most popular island and has become nothing short of a tourist hotspot. Mild weather, sandy beaches and historic fortifications are just some of the attractions.
Channel Islands Information and Fast Facts
- Country: Channel Islands
- Population: approximately 160,000
- Capitals: St. Helier (Jersey) and St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
- Language: English (also Norman French)
- Area: approximately 100 square miles / 259 square km
- Currency: pound sterling (GBP)
- Time zone: GMT / UTC and BST (British Summer Time), 5 hours from Eastern Standard Time
- Country dialing code: +44