If you’ve never considered Jersey for your next short break destination, then we’re here to persuade you! The island is filled with enviable views, adventurous activities and food to die for. Take a peek at our top hidden gems and watch as Jersey rises to the top of your travel bucket list…
Have a go at kayaking
If you want to truly embrace Jersey’s calming beaches and coastal retreats, there’s no better way than kayaking. With plenty of opportunities to give the sport a go during your stay, it’s the go-to island experience. For the adrenaline junkies among us, a banana boat ride is a must-do.
Check out the creatures at Jersey Zoo
Who knew that Jersey had its very own zoo?! Me neither. Formerly Durrell Wildlife Park, Jersey Zoo is a veritable haven for a plethora of exotic creatures, ranging from flamingos to lemurs. The zoo is situated four miles north of St Helier, making it easily accessible and perfect for a day trip with the family. You can even become a Keeper for the day or partake in an animal meet & greet, so be sure to bring your camera!
Take a trip to Devil’s Hole
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Descend down a winding coastal path and discover Jersey’s mysterious Devil’s Hole… an ancient blowhole that’s eroded into Jersey’s impressive coastline over thousands of years. Stand on one of two viewing platforms and stare out at miles of jagged sea views and the jaw-dropping 200ft plummet to the shore. You can even peer through the Devil’s Hole itself to see the waves dramatically crash into the tunnel entrance below you. Keep an eye out for the metal replica of the devil, too, on the way down to the crater.
Step into the past at Jersey War Tunnels
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Explore the fascinating Jersey War Tunnels and learn more about the island’s turbulent past during WWII. The tunnels tell the lesser-known story of those who suffered five long years of Nazi Occupation while being forced to work as slaves. The site is now home to a collection of underground galleries that detail the struggles of those who experienced the occupation, from resistance and starvation right through to eventual liberation from the regime. This thought-provoking tour is a must-visit for any avid history buff.
Try your hand at pétanque
Jersey has their very own version of boules – it’s called pétanque and it’s pretty popular amongst the locals. So much so that there are several associations and clubs dedicated to the sport! Make a day of it by indulging in a traditional afternoon tea (complete with fresh Jersey cream – ooft) after your game… bliss.
Discover fine aromas at La Mare Wine Estate
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You may associate vineyards with destinations such as Italy, France and Spain, but you needn’t travel far for your wine fix! Jersey offers tourists a unique experience in the form of La Mare Wine Estate, where a guide will be on hand to teach you more about the process of making the good stuff (as well as tasting, of course). The estate is also renowned for its fine Jersey Black Butter and chocolate production, so you’ll leave both quenched and sated. Perfect.
Visit Reg’s Garden
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This cute little garden is ideal for a quiet afternoon away from it all. The garden was created by Reg Langlois in 1985 and continues to go from strength to strength. Expect a large Koi pond with waterfall, an aviary, an alpine garden and an amphitheatre – all perfect for reaching that zen moment. Keep a look out for The Fairy Garden, too – it’s pretty magical and all proceeds from entry go towards Children in Need! If you fancy more horticultural jaunts, check out the seasonal Lavender Farm where you can buy scented treats and even eat in a lavender-inspired cafe.