The Channel Islands have long been a popular holiday destination. The rich mix of culture, history, and countryside provide an insatiable blend that motorhomers just can’t resist…
Sitting off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel and with a population of around 160,000, the archipelago is divided into the two Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey, each with its own set of islands that belong to them.
History Of The Channel Islands
The Channel islands are not officially part of the UK although the residents are considered to be British citizens. The two main islands are separate from each other in terms of laws and media but they do share the same TV station, for example.
The islands are steeped in history dating back to the days of Willliam the Conqueror when they were given to the English Crown and up to World War II when parts of the islands were occupied by the Germans. There is also a strong maritime history linked to the islands and visitors can enjoy finding out about shipwrecks, museums and lighthouses on the islands.
What To Do In The Channel Islands
If you are exploring the islands looking for museums, gardens, wildlife, parks and beaches then you won’t be disappointed with what the islands have to offer the whole family. Below is just a taster of the attractions you can find:
- Elizabeth Castle is a 300 year old castle positioned on St Aubin’s Bay and is a very popular tourist attraction in Jersey. It is named after Elizabeth I who was the monarch at the time of its construction in the 16th century. There is a Castle ferry for visitors or you can walk along the causeway when the tide is low.
- Jersey War Tunnels are available for visitors to see and feel what happened on the island when it was under German occupation during World War II. The tunnels are built into the hill sides and contain a sobering reminder of the events that took place there.
- Blue Bell Woods, Candie Gardens and Delancey Park are all located in Guernsey where visitors can also enjoy island hopping to Shell beach and other destinations on the islands of Alderney and Sark.
La Baillotetrie Camping, Vale, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY3 5HA
At this 10 acre campsite in the north of Guernsey, which has been recently refurbished, there are plenty of facilities available which include; hard-standing pitches, showers, evening entertainment, bike riding, internet access, toilets, laundry facilities, a shop and children’s play area. Dogs are welcome on this site.
Close by, there are local transport links, bars, a beach, fishing and slightly further afield you can find horse riding and boating facilities. Other amenities on site include laundry services, a TV room, a restaurant, disabled facilities, baby changing facilities and bike hire, there is also a boules pitch available to use.
Close to the site you will find bars, a beach, golfing and around 5 miles away there are horse riding and boating activities available. Walking and bike riding are popular pastimes for visitors of this campsite, thanks to the rural location.
Fauxguets Valley Campsite, Candi Road, Castel, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY5 7QL
On the site you will find hard standing pitches and electric hook ups, there is a shower and toilet block as well as a children’s play area, internet access, a TV room, table tennis and cycling. There is also a heated swimming pool.
Near to the site you will find bars and local transport links within around one mile and within around 5 miles there is a beach, golfing, horse riding and boating activities. Sandy beaches and the main town of St Peter Port are located around 15 minutes away.
This site received the ‘Campsite of the Year’ Award by the AA in 2015 and is positioned in the heard of Guernsey. It is a very picturesque site with flowers and trees in abundance and each pitch has its unique area.
Le Vaugrat Campsite, Route De Vaugrat, St Sampsons, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY2 4TA
The site benefits from showers, toilets, laundry services, a TV room, hard standing pitches, a shop, internet access. Further afield ( around one mile away) you can find bars, restaurants, a beach and a further few miles away there are boating, fishing and swimming amenities. Visitors often return to this site thanks to the wealth of facilities available.
Rozel Camping Park, La Grande Route De Rozel, St Martin, Jersey, Channel Islands
The facilities on this site in jersey include electric hook ups, showers, toilets, laundry facilities, a TV room, a children’s playground, internet access, table tennis, a shop on site. Bars, restaurants, a beach, fishing, and boating activities are around one miles away from the site.