I’ve been on quite a lot of holidays in the UK and I’m always travelling to different cities around the country. I spent a lot of my childhood holidaying on the Isle of Wight, so that’s where I tend to gravitate towards when I think of a summer holiday. These days I do like to pop over to Europe for a city break but it is great to stay a bit closer to home. It wasn’t until I moved back down to uni in September and met a girl from Jersey that I started to consider going on a holiday to Jersey.

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and is situated between England and France, however it is a lot closer to France. It’s just off the coast of Normandy in France. Although it is a self-governing parliamentary democracy, it is still a part of Great Britain and therefore you don’t need a passport to visit. There are so many different reasons as to why I now want to go to Jersey and I’m hoping I can go over there at some point this year.

Getting there

Jersey has its own airport and you can fly there from several UK airports including Southampton, London City and Manchester. It only takes around 45 minutes and if you book in advance, flights are quite reasonable. I’ve been on a couple of short flights before and it feels like it takes no time at all. Once you’re up in the air, you’re heading back down again!

Another option is travelling by ferry. You can travel from Poole in Dorset and this takes around four hours and thirty minutes, or you can go from Portsmouth in Hampshire which takes just over 8 hours. This is a great alternative to flying if you’re not a confident flyer and ferries are always fun. One advantage of travelling by ferry, is that you can take your car with you. This means that you don’t need to worry about transport when you get over to Jersey. They drive on the left just like we do as well, so it will be just like being at home.

Beaches

Jersey is famous for its beautiful beaches. As it’s an island, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a beach to relax on. Whether you want to relax and read a book while topping up your tan or go for a swim in the sea, there’s something for everyone along Jersey’s coastline. Along the East Coast you can expect to find little fishing harbours, pebbled coves and miles of golden sand just perfect for a romantic stroll. The West Coast boasts the perfect tide for surfing, so if you’re a bit of a thrill seeker you should head over that way.

Things to do

As well as the stunning beaches, Jersey has a lot more to offer. You can spend a couple of hours wandering around the capital of St Helier –  their currency is GBP so you don’t need to worry about changing any money before you go. There’s plenty of shops and tea rooms for you to visit and I’ve heard that the locals are really friendly too.

Jersey also has their own zoo which is definitely worth a visit. They have everything from lemurs to meerkats to gorillas to tortoises. It would be a great day out for the family and it’s not too pricy to visit either. You can even adopt an animal there which really helps them out.

If you’re into your history then it’s worth taking a visit to Mont Orgueil Castle (or Gorey Castle as it is also known) which dates back to the thirteenth century. There are a lot of steps leading up to the castle, so it’s best avoided if you have mobility problems however if you are able bodied then it is a must see when on the island.

Have you ever been to Jersey? Do you have any recommendations for first time visitors?

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