After previously shouting about my love of Jersey’s beaches, I thought I would follow up with a guide to what else you can do while visiting the largest of the Channel Island’s. In typical Sam style, it includes many places to eat, but also some fun things to get take part in and lots of outdoor goodness.
In my opinion, Jersey is a great idea for an extended weekend break, say 3-4 days as opposed to a longer break, but this completely depends on your travel style, but for us, a weekend worked just right.
A weekend guide to Jersey
Before your departure book a rental car from Hertz to collect from the airport. While Jersey is easily accessible by public transport, if you can, I recommend driving to make the most of seeing the entire Island and also for the freedom. Driving is pretty similar to country driving in the UK, they are also driving on the left-hand side and it is possible to drive the entire Island is just a few hours.
We stayed in The Best Western Royal Hotel located in St Helier, however, I would only choose here if you are not planning on spending much time in your hotel. The rooms were perfectly clean but basic and slightly dated, the walls are also quite thin and at times it was quite noisy, however, they do have a great breakfast buffet offering.
If you are looking for somewhere more relaxing, we heard great things about the Grand Jersey Hotel and Spa which also located in St Helier.
There are some brilliant places to eat in Jersey, I would go as far as saying we did not have one bad meal while on the island.
If you planning on visit the Devil’s hole (which I do recommend) then stop at The Priory Inn for lunch before or after. It often gets quite busy, so I would advise advance booking a table, the pub with beer garden serves traditional pub food in huge portions for a very fair price. The food is also delicious!
JB’s is located in St Helier and is a great dining location for a Friday or Saturday night. Not only do they serve INCREDIBLE wholesoAmericancan food, they are the only place on the island that serves a wide variety of craft beer. Entertainment is provided from local live bands as well the as the use of the ping pong and beer pong tables. JB’s has a really great atmosphere and the perfect food to compliment it, the guy who runs the place is also just lovely and has a really interesting story of how he set up JB’s.
Jersey Crab Shack
The Jersey Crab shack is located on the seafront of St Brelade’s Bay, making it the perfect place to spot off for lunch before an afternoon at Jersey’s most beautiful beach. Serving a predominately sea-food based menu, I really recommend the fish goujons or crab tacos ( side note: The side of peas were a strong contender for some of the best peas I have ever had, they were magic). There are options for vegetarians also available, but they are limited. The restaurant is a great place to relax while looking over at the sea.
We didn’t actually get a chance to visit here, but I have heard good things. Air Mex is an aviation-themed restaurant serving cocktails and Mexican street food (right up my street!).
If you are looking for a few lighter sweet snacks throughout your journey, you will find some adorable tea shops along Gorey Harbour, many of which sell fresh scones and clotted cream (one of which played a soundtrack which consisted of ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Hokey -Cokey’
Jersey is a gem for coastal walks and taking in the sea air but my favourite was The Devil’s Hole in St Mary, after walking past the massive devil statue, follow the tracks down to the cliff and take in the view, on a clear bright day it is breathtaking. There are also many other coastal walks across the north of the Island and you can download routes for these here.
If you are visiting the tea shops of Gorey, be sure to head up to Mont Orgueil’s castle which sits above. From the top of the medieval castle, you can take views of the French coast as well as explore the staircases and hidden rooms which were once protected Jersey against the French invasion.
Have I ever mentioned on here that I love an escape room? Because I do and it turns out Escape room tourism is becoming quite a thing in Europe. Jersey’s Escape Rooms is set inside Jersey War Tunnels and it is one of the hardest I have ever done (The room only has a 30% success rate) but it is incredibly well themed, based on the second world war and is such good fun. I really recommend booking this for your weekend, if puzzles and challenges are your sort of thing.
After your escape room experience ensure you visit the rest of the Jersey War Tunnels for a different kind of eye-opening experience. At times it is an incredibly sombre experience and at times heartwarming, the Jersey war tunnels tell the story of Jersey’s role in World War Two in an interactive manner, which is also set inside the actual tunnels that were used during the war.
Previously known as Durrell’s, Jersey Zoo is a moderately sized zoo with conservation at the forefront. The collection is predominately Primates and Great Apes, with also a fair amount of marsupials and avian species. I would recommend visiting here on a warm dry morning and taking an hour or two to walk around visiting all the animals.
Of course, you also need to take time to chill! If you are visiting during the warmer months, be sure to allocate time to sit on the beach or at one of the many beer gardens dotted around the Island. Jersey is truly a place to relax, unwind and take in the sea air.
I was invited to Jersey as part of a press trip with Visit Jersey but, as always, all opinions are my own.