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Welcome to Jersey


Largest of the British Channel Islands, Jersey is the most southerly and renowned for its mild winters and long hot summer days. This tiny island in the English Channel measuring nine miles by five (14km by 8km) was once, in antiquity, part of mainland France. Small it may be, but it has been big on influence over the ages, giving the world the Jersey dairy cow and the ubiquitous knitted sweaters known globally as 'jerseys'. Today it offers a wealth of history and sheer scenic beauty, sporting well-kept fields and an unspoilt coastline of majestic cliffs, exposed bays, sandy beaches and rocky coves. Inland the island is criss-crossed by a network of 'green lanes' where walkers, horse-riders and cyclists have precedence over cars.

Norman farmhouses, narrow winding lanes, French street names, gourmet cuisine and tidy fields reflect the island's French connections, but in all other respects it remains resoundingly British. The capital, St Helier, is a pleasant town of squares and pedestrianised streets where shopping is made more attractive by the fact that the Channel Islands have low rates of duty and no V.A.T.

As you stroll the streets listen for the noonday gun fired from picturesque Elizabeth Castle, overlooking St Aubin's Bay, and call at the fascinating Maritime Museum.

Other not-to-be-missed sightseeing spots on Jersey are the poignant German Underground Hospital at St Lawrence and the Jersey Zoo, founded by Gerald Durrell, which is more a haven for endangered species than a regular zoo. Those lucky enough to visit in August will catch the world-famous Battle of the Flowers parade, held regularly since 1902, when everyone good-naturedly pelts each other with flowers in the street as fantastic floats decorated with millions of blooms go by.

Information & Facts


Jersey experiences a temperate climate with mild winter weather and cool summers. During the summer months between May and September, is the best time to visit Jersey when sunny summer weather is plentiful. July and August are the hottest months when temperatures have been known to exceed more than 77F (25C). Winters in Jersey are relatively mild and the weather during January, the coldest month, hovers around the 48F (9C) mark. Jersey is well known for experiencing the most annual sunshine in the whole of the British Isles.

English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.

The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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