If you’re visiting Jersey for the festival and it’s your first time on the island, we highly recommend taking a look at some of the other great attractions on offer. It’s a beautiful place and probably one of the UK’s most underrated tourist destinations. Here are some of our favourite places to visit and activities to try.
St. Brelade’s Bay Beach
Consistently voted Jersey’s #1 attraction, this beautiful sandy beach is the perfect place to spend some time relaxing away from the festival scene. You can relax in the sun outside one of the many cafes and restaurants, or for something more exciting, get involved with some water sports, including kayaking and diving. There’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy themselves here.
Seafari Boat Trips
Departing from either St. Helier or St. Catherine’s, you can embark on a Seafari tour of the stunning seas around Jersey’s coastline. You’ll be taken right out to some of the tiny islands off the shore, the perfect location for spotting sealife including dolphins and seals. You can even cross the Channel and make a quick stop-off in France for lunch!
Jersey War Tunnels
This attraction makes for a fairly serious departure from the light-hearted fun of the annual festival, but is well worth a visit. Explore the history of the islanders who lived during World War II, under constant threat from the Nazi forces who occupied the island. This former underground hospital paints a vivid picture of life at the time, and documents an important piece of British history.
This may be just one of the historic castles in Jersey, but it is generally considered the most impressive by visitors. Occupying an entire miniature island off the coast at St. Aubin’s Bay, this 16th century ruin is now home to multiple museums and tells a richly detailed story about the history of the island, plus it’s surrounded by some of Jersey’s finest scenery.
Durrell Wildlife Park
By far one of Jersey’s best loved attractions, we complete our list of top recommendations with Durrell Wildlife Park. Set on 32 acres, the park specialises in being home to some of the most endangered and rare species living in the UK, including a huge range of tropical birds.