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Welcome to Alderney


The little island of Alderney, with its picturesque capital, St Anne's, is the most British in flavour of all the Channel Islands, despite being just eight miles (13km) off of the coast of France. St Anne's is a delightful town of cobbled streets and colourful cottages, its main street, Victoria Street, lined with inviting shops, pubs and restaurants. The island was once home to a British fleet guarding the Channel, and its harbour, Braye Harbour, is still protected by its famed huge Victorian breakwater. The fascinating military history of the island and its coastal forts is explained dramatically in the town's museum.

Alderney also has another uniquely English feature: retired London Underground train carriages now carry passengers along the Channel Island's only working standard gauge railway line that encircles the island, giving visitors the chance to view the passing scenery at low speed but in high comfort.

Many visitors cross to Alderney by ferry from Guernsey, Sark and Helm, but the island has an airport too with regular scheduled connections with the UK. Once settled on the two-mile by three-mile (3km by 5km) landmass, holidaymakers receive a warm welcome from the 2,000 permanent inhabitants as they enjoy the beautiful bays of the north coast, like Corblets, Arch and Saye.

Information & Facts

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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