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Pristine Beaches, Country Hikes, and Historic Landmarks - What to See and Do in Jersey

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Visitors flock to Jersey for its beaches, rolling countryside, and intriguing history. Nature lovers will feel at home whether inland hiking the meadows and hills or down on one of the pristine beaches. Interested in wildlife? The island is home to a healthy variety of indigenous animals. Remnants of the area’s World War II occupation under the Nazis can be seen across the island.

St. Helier


Jersey’s capital, St. Helier, is a quiet coastal town made up of many pedestrianized streets lined with pastel-colored buildings. Start your explorations with a visit to the Jersey Museum, which traces the island's history from the Ice Age to modern times. Highlights include archaeological treasures and a restored 19th-century merchant's house. The Maritime Museum features interactive exhibits and historic ships. The museum also displays the Occupation Tapestry, which commemorates the island's liberation from Nazi occupation. The town’s waterfront offers panoramic views across the marina and the English Channel.


  • Jersey Museum, The Weighbridge, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 3NG; Tel: +44 1534 633 300; Website: Jersey Museum

  • Maritime Museum, New North Quay, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 3ND; Tel: +44 1534 811 043; Website: Maritime Museum

St. Aubin


St. Aubin is a charming fishing village on Jersey’s south coast and the main community in the parish of St. Brelade. The Railway Walk, a popular hiking trail, begins in the village and follows a former railway line to La Corbière. At low tide, you can walk across a causeway to La Corbière Lighthouse, which dates back to 1874. The views of the lighthouse - and the crashing surf beyond - are spectacular, especially at sunset.



North coast


Many of the island's best beaches are on the north coast. Sheltered by cliffs, Grève de Lecq is a lovely, clean beach with golden sands and sweeping views. Plemont Bay, tucked away on the northwest corner of the island, has caves, coves, and tide pools to explore. Bouley Bay attracts divers and expert swimmers. Walkers love the north coast just as much as bathers, as many hiking trails snake their way along the rugged clifftops. A 5-minute drive out of Bouley Bay will take you to Durrell Wildlife Park and its menagerie of exotic animals.


  • Bouley Bay, Trinity, Jersey; Website: Bouley Bay

  • Durrell Wildlife Park, La Profonde Rue, Trinity, Jersey JE3 5BP; Tel: +44 1534 860 000; Website: Durrell Wildlife Park


Inland Jersey


Walking and bicycling paths zigzag across central Jersey’s unspoiled countryside and woodlands - you’ll see fields of Jersey Royal potatoes and many native species of birds. A fun day out for the whole family, Jersey’s Living Legends Village in the parish of St. Peter offers go-karting and a themed golf course. The Forgotten Forest is a large arboretum with more than 400 tree species from around the world, including eucalyptus and giant redwoods. It's a peaceful place for strolling and listening to birdsong.


  • Jersey’s Living Legends Village, Rue du Petit I'Aleval, St. Peter, Jersey JE3 7ET; Tel: +44 1534 485 496; Website: Jersey’s Living Legends Village

  • The Forgotten Forest, Grand route de St. Ouen, Reservoir Walk, Jersey; Tel: +44 1534 857 611; Website: The Forgotten Forest


La Mielle de Morville


La Mielle de Morville, once the site of massive sand dunes, is now an expansive nature reserve on the west coast. Remnants from Jersey’s past can still be seen here, including La Rocco Tower, completed in 1800 as a defense against the French, and an anti-tank wall built by occupying German forces during World War II. The western green lizard, a native of this area, is often spotted during late spring and summer.