About Guernsey

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is made up of three main islands - Guernsey itself, Alderney to the north and Sark to the east. There are a number of smaller islands, including tiny Herm, Jethou and Brecqhou but you won',t be taking your Value Rent a Car to any of these as, like Sark, cars are not allowed! Here are some interesting facts about Guernsey:-

  • Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands - that OTHER island (Jersey) being the largest.
  • Guernsey covers a little over 24 miles square and has a population of 65700.
  • The local currency that we use is the good old British £ but Guernsey makes its own money and we still use the £1 note. (We did try the £1 coin back in the early eighties but nobody liked it.)
  • Guernsey is a tax haven this means that the local economy is mainly finance followed by tourism.
  • Our local government is called "The States of Guernsey" As we are so close to France some of the law and the proceedings are still in French.
  • Guernsey also has its own Language called Guernsey Patois which is a cross between French and English.
  • We are one of the few places in the British Isles to average nearly 2000 hours of glorious sunshine each year. And because of the climate, snow and frost in the winter are the exception and not the rule.
  • Guernsey is not renowned for famous people, but we have had famous visitors in the past: Renoir created 15 paintings here, and Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables from his house in St Peter Port (which is now a tourist attraction owned and run by the city of Paris). And more recently Formula One World Champion Jenson Button & World Touring Car World Champion Andy Priaulx now call Guernsey Home!
  • The Channel Islands were the only place in the Great Britain where Hitler's troops occupied during world war two. There are still many German Bunkers scattered around the island.
  • Guernsey is also famous for its cows that provide us with some of the richest milk around.
  • Just as England is divided into Counties, Guernsey is divided into Parishes. These are St Sampsons, Vale, St Martins, St Saviours, Forest, St Pierre du Bois (St Peter in the wood), Torteval, St Andrews, Castel and the capital St Peter Port.

The Guernsey Tourist Board has a web site if you would like to know more information about the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The Guernsey Internet Tourism Guide has a photo section with views of Guernsey. Please click on the links below.

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