Channel Islands: Top Things to do in Jersey

Jersey is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands, approximately 87 nautical miles south of Great Britain. Due to it’s proximity to Continental Europe, it showcases the best from both sides of the English Channel.

A small island like Jersey is ideal for short trips but it is enchanting enough for one to decide to stay an extra day. It is only less than an hour away but the fusion of British and continental influences are not to be missed. Everything spells fabulous – the Jersey produce, stylish boutique hotels, impeccable service and memorable island experiences.

Access to Jersey is quick and easy. There are at least 12 flights from Heathrow every day and other regional airports around the country have regular departures. You may also bring your car to the island through the fast ferry services that are readily available. The ferries that leave from the southern England coast take approximately four hours.

Depending on how you make it, this island of only 45 square miles may be a boxful of all kinds of sights, sounds and activities that range from traditional to dynamic and modern or a nice blend of both. Immerse yourself in the unspoiled landscape or its breathtaking coast. Get lost in the town’s winding lanes and soak in the unique blend of British and French influences on the island.

If an action-packed holiday is what you are looking for, Jersey is still the right place to go. Explore magnificent castles and adventure parks, browse through museums and galleries, cycle around the island’s unspoiled terrain or take a boat trip around the islands. Maybe then you can spot a few dolphins or even catch some fish for dinner. Indeed Jersey never lacks excitement.

Top Things to do in Jersey

  • Jersey Opera House, 3 Gloucester St, St Helier JE2 3QR, ☏ +44 1534 511 115 (Box Office). Theatre and opera house with regular programme. Saturdays in July & Aug there are backstage walking tours, £22. 
  • Jersey Bowl (next to the airport). M Tu Th F 12:00-23:30, W Sa Su 10:00-00:30. Jersey’s only bowling lanes, open all year. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, pool tables, and car parking. one game £5, two £7, three £9.
  • aMaizin!, La Hougue Farm, St Peter JE3 7AX. Apr-Sep: daily 10:00-17:30, Oct Feb: Tu-Su 10:00-17:30. Children’s adventure park. Entry fee includes park activities, aMaizin Maze (July-Sept) and the aMaizin Barnyard. Tractor rides, go-karts, water pistol range, crazy golf course, animal encounters, etc. You should allow most of a day to use all the facilities, and bring and a towel and change of clothes for the water activities. £11.50.
  • Walk the Jersey Railway which plied between St Helier and St Aubin from 1870, later extending beyond the quarries at La Moye to Corbiere. It was busy with passengers and freight well into the 20th century when road transport undercut it. In 1936 a fire at the St Helier depot destroyed the station and most of the rolling stock, and that was effectively the end of it, though the line briefly re-opened in wartime by the German occupiers for military construction freight. At the St Helier end it’s now simply a walkway and cycleway along the promenade. In St Aubin the former station is now the village hall.
  • The Jersey Coastal Path runs around the entire coast. Although sections are on roadway or pavement, particularly the East, and South coasts as far as St Aubin, the north coast from L’Etacq to Rozel Bay is superb and in conjunction with the bus services can be done in sections. It should be pointed out that the path is not suitable for mountain bikes, but there are separate dedicated mountain bike trails paralleling sections of the path – for details ask locally.

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