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History and Heritage

The Channel Islands were linked to Brittany until 933 when the Duke of Normandy, seized the Islands. In 1066, Duke William II of Normandy defeated Harold at Hastings to become King of England and possess the Island.

The Island remained part of the Duchy of Normandy until 1204 when King Philippe Auguste of France conquered the duchy from King John of England. However, Islanders remained loyal to the King of England and Jersey was recognised as the personal possession of the Crown.

During the 16th century, Islanders adopted the Protestant religion and life became harsh. The increasing use of gunpowder on the battlefield meant that the fortifications on the Island had to be adapted and a new fortress – named after the queen by Sir Walter Raleigh when he was governor – was built to defend St Aubin's Bay.

Towards the end of the 17th century, Jersey strengthened its links with the Americas after many Islanders emigrated to New England and Northeast Canada. The Jersey merchants built up a thriving business empire in Newfoundland.
In the late 19th century, local farmers benefited from the development of two products – the Jersey cow and the Jersey Royal potato – both of which are still popular today.

The 20th century was dominated by the Occupation of the Channel Islands by German troops (1940-1945), which saw about 8,000 Islanders evacuated, 1,200 deported to camps in Germany and more than 300 sentenced to the prison and concentration camps in mainland Europe. Liberation Day – May 9 – is still marked as a public holiday.

In the 1960s, the finance industry, which was to have the most impact on the Island, started to develop and today the finance sector is the largest employer and by far the largest contributor to the exchequer.

Compiled with the help of the Jersey Heritage Trust and the Jersey Evening Post.

Leisure and Activities

Golf

Six-time British Open winner Harry Vardon was born and raised in Jersey and the island celebrates his legendary status with an impressive bronze statue at the entrance to the Royal Jersey Golf Club. This impressive links course is just adjacent to the hotel and rates as one of the best links courses in the UK.

Other courses and ranges include:

  • Les Mielles - One of Jersey's Championship golf courses. Set in the conservation area at St Ouen's Bay
  • Les Ormes - Nine-hole golf course with breathtaking views of St. Ouen's Bay and the historic La Rocco Tower
  • Longueville Golf Range – Great facility to get some holiday practice in. Located not far from the hotel
  • Wheatlands - This challenging nine-hole golf course is set in beautiful surroundings and was featured in the PGA Seniors Tour 2007.
  • Jersey Recreation Grounds - St Clements Golf Club is home to a fine course that will challenge players of all levels of ability, skills, ages and handicaps.
  • Don't be surprised if you bump into Jersey residents Tommy Horton and Ian Woosnam!

We can help you make a tee time at your course of choice.

Watersports

Water is in the blood for Islanders! Jersey folk love watersports and there is no shortage of places to go and activities to choose from.

Activities include:

  • Waterskiing
  • Coaststeering
  • Jetskiing
  • Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Donut riding
  • Banana rides
  • Kyaking

Ask us for brochures and our recommendations.

Cliff Walks

Visitors from all over the world come to experience our exhilarating coastal cliff walks. There are many rugged headlands to tread including: Portlet, Noirmont, Beauport, La Corbière, Les Landes, Plemont and L'Etacquerel. Cliff walking gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife and with relics of the German Occupation.

These headlands are teaming with birdlife, including the Puffin, Razorbill and Goldcrest.

Nature

The National Trust for Jersey currently safeguards a variety of historic buildings including cottages, farms, water mills and military buildings. The Trust currently manages approximately 2% of Jersey's land.

The Trust organises numerous of events and educational activities throughout the year, including Open Day's and guided walks, and also runs a series of events aimed at children throughout the school holidays.

Attractions

There are so many things do and places to visit in Jersey for example:

  • Mont Orgueil Castle
  • Elizabeth Castle
  • La Houge Bie
  • Durrell
  • Amazin Maize
  • The Elms
  • Hamptone
  • Jersey War Tunnels
  • Maritime Museum & Occupation Tapestry
  • Jersey Museum and Art Gallery
  • Pallot Steam, Motor & General Museum

Our reception staff will be happy to offer you advice.