The island of adventure

At just 5 miles long and 9 miles wide, Jersey may be small, but don’t let its bijou dimensions fool you. In fact, Jersey holidays are packed with adventure, including water sports, ancient castles and fun for all the family. As the largest of the Channel Islands, set just 14 miles across the sea from France’s Bay of Saint-Malo but with a distinctly British outlook, it’s a truly unique destination, with plenty of charm and character to boot.

A good place to begin holidays to Jersey is in the capital of St Helier, exploring its museums and the 300-year-old Elizabeth Castle. Afterwards, making your way out into the countryside is a good bet. Once there, you’ll find the world-famous Jersey Zoo (which continues naturalist, zookeeper and author Gerald Durrell’s pioneering conservation work) and fascinating tunnels that were used during World War II (when the Channel Islands were occupied by Germany).

There’s also a host of seaside pleasures – cliff-top cycling, surfing, sandy beaches, boat trips, stunning landscapes and superb seafood. And don’t forget that the fields you pass will be planted with delicious Jersey Royal potatoes and grazed by pretty biscuit-coloured Jersey cows – because this island is all about its unique identity.

Your Jersey questions, answered

As the southernmost of the Channel Islands, Jersey’s climate is relatively mild – but it’s still in the English Channel, so check ahead and don’t rely on sunny days.

Though French was spoken here historically, English is the only language you’ll hear – unless your ear happens to catch one of the last remaining speakers of Jèrriais, the local Norman dialect.

Jersey bobs along at a slow pace, so anyone who appreciates fine food (particularly seafood) and fans of the great outdoors will love it. There’s plenty for kids, too.

Best attractions to see in Jersey

Jersey National Park

With an astonishing 30 miles of trails criss-crossing Jersey’s preserved coastal environments, the island is a favourite destination of walkers and hikers seeking cliff-top vistas.

Mont Orgueil Castle

Overlooking Gorey Harbour, the ramparts of this 13th-century Norman castle were adapted for German lookouts in World War II. Now it’s a fascinating heritage site with great views.

Jersey Zoo

Concentrating on rare and endangered species, this passion project by late author and conservationist Gerald Durrell is unlike any other zoo. Your entrance fee really will make a difference.