With winding cobbled streets, a picturesque harbour with views across to neighbouring islands, cultivated gardens, a castle, boutique shops and a enough restaurants and cafes to be a food lovers heaven, it isn't hard to see why Guernsey's capital St Peter Port is considered one of Europe's prettiest harbour towns. Every day in the summer season you will see at least one cruise ship docked out on the 'Little Russel' - the stretch of water between Guernsey and its sister islands of Herm and Sark (Alderney is also part of the Baliwick of Guernsey, and can be seen on a clear day, as you will also see Jersey and the French coast)
St Peter Port has been a busy port since the Roman times and since then has been home to Victor Hugo (whilst in exile from France for 15 years). Within the capital you can wander easily through the cobbled streets, taking note of the stunning buildings which are draped in colourful bunting, the Church of St Peter Port which is in the Guinness World Records as it is the closest church to a pub in the British Isles (The Albion pub is only 18 inches away). Meander to the top of the town and visit Candie Gardens or wander to the harbour to watch the colourful boats and fishing vessels bob in the water, here you can visit the 800 year old Castle Cornet. St Peter Port is full of charming cafes and restaurants- be sure to find one with a window seat or terrace facing the water!
Things to do in St Peter Port that we recommend-
*Enjoy Afternoon Tea at the 5* Old Government House Hotel
*Head to the Slaughterhouse (yes it really is located in an old slaughterhouse, but thankfully it doesn't smell like one now, although original features remain through) Come here in the sunshine and relax with a Rocquettes Cider in the courtyard or sample some amazing cuts of meat within the building.
*Near La Vallette Bathing Pools, with views out to Herm and Sark visit Octopus a lovely all round restaurant
*Island hopping to Herm and Sark, stunning islands in their own rights and also a lovely way to enjoy Guernsey from the water
*Lap up the sun or watch the sun go down with a beer at the Thai Terrace, a lovely outdoor restaurant
**Oh they are mainly all foodie things to do- oops! ;) But check out our images for more awesome things to do here!!
Harbour looking at town
Picturesque sea front
Town Church (Church of St Peter Port)
Lighthouse and Herm
Castle Cornet from L'Hyvreuse, Cambridge Park
La Vallette Bathing pools (Alderney in the far distance)
Lighthouse and Castle Cornet
Town- showing the town church and close proximity of pub next door
Aerial view of town during a 'Seafront Sunday' which occurs in the summer months
St Peter Port from the air- coming in to land at Guernsey Airport
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Have you been to Guernsey and visited its capital St Peter Port? If you haven't, then promise us you will do!!