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Lawrence Fraser, Reservations Manager

"With 70 kilometres of coastline, no trip to Jersey is complete without visiting one of its many beautiful waterfront attractions. From the long stretch of golden sands at St Brelade’s Bay, one of the busiest resort beaches on the island and the perfect place for soaking up the sun, to the charming harbour of St Aubin, a historic fishing village with an English Civil War fort that is accessible at low tide."

Jersey at a glance

Within its 45 square miles, Jersey offers a rich mix of history, culture, tranquil green countryside and stunning beaches. Perfect for a short break or a long getaway, there is plenty to see and explore on this beautiful island.

Jersey’s history is filled with multi-cultural influences. The Romans, Vikings, French, and Germans have all occupied the island at one time, and with a close connection to both the French and British mainland, Jersey maintains a peculiar blend of national loyalties. Though Jersey is considered a British island, it makes its own laws and is not part of the United Kingdom. Its currency is definitively British, while its street names are undeniably French.

Boasting a postcard landscape, Jersey offers long, golden beaches, an excellent variety of walking and cycling trails and a host of outdoor activities sure to spark enthusiasm for the great outdoors. Thanks to a mild climate and rich soil, the natives can’t help but have a high regard for their island and take pride in their locally produced products which have garnered them their own Genuine Jersey mark.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • A weekend short break
  • Picturesque setting
  • A peaceful short break

Getting around

With over 350 linear miles of paved road, Jersey is perfect for exploring by car. There are number of car hire locations on the island offering convenient rental services.

There is also a public bus network that stops at the main beaches and attractions throughout the island.

Dining in Jersey

Known for its dairy products, Royal potatoes and apple cider, Jersey has a rich tradition of self-produced, award winning food items.

There are a number of Michelin Starred restaurants on the island as well as a variety of international foods to choose from including Italian, Chinese, Indian and Portuguese themed restaurants.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Cabbage loaf – a traditional Jersey bread that is nestled between cabbage leaves for baking
  • Jersey wonders (les mèrvelles) – a rich, twisted shaped bread similar to a doughnut
  • Vraic buns – a sweet bun with raisins

Osprey Holidays top tips

Explore vibrant St Helier, with its smart, sophisticated shops and vibrant Victorian markets. A little further afield Jersey offers magnificent castles, beautiful gardens, fascinating wildlife and adventure parks and a host of museums.

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Jersey designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Jersey hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 97,857
Languages English
Currency Pounds Sterling
Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Bring home a jar of traditional Jersey black butter - a unique spread made with apples, liquorice and spices.

Distance from airports
Jersey 5 km

Things to do in Jersey

  • Elizabeth Castle: Built in the 1590s, and named after Queen Elizabeth I by Sir Walter Raleigh.
  • St Helier Market: A Victorian market hall with interesting architecture and colourful array stalls.
  • Jersey War Tunnels: A thought-provoking collection of images, sounds, and historical items portraying the German occupation of Jersey during World War 2.
  • Mont Orgueil Castle: Overlooking the harbour at Gorey, this impressive castle protected Jersey from French invasion for 600 years.
  • Brelade Beach: Perhaps Jersey’s best beach, with dramatic cliffs, a sandy beach and excellent café.