British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands

Caution COVID-19 information: As of 10 June 2021, Jersey is easing Covid-19 restrictions, with a very low case rate on the island. From 14 June, masks will not be required in public places, but will on public transport. The island intends to lift the rest of restrictions on 21 June. The Bailiwick of Jersey is operating a Safer Travel testing policy, whereby most arrivals can travel to the island with minimal or no quarantine, except some of those from Covid hotspots. Full details available in 'Get in' section below.
(Information last updated 10 Jun 2021)

Jersey is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands. It's a self-governing dependency of the British Crown, but not part of the United Kingdom. It lies 14 mi (23 km) west of the Cherbourg peninsula of France in the Bay of St Malo, rather than in the Channel proper.

A bay in the east of Jersey

With a resident population of just over 100,000, Jersey extends some 9 miles east-west and 5 miles north-south. The main town, with a third of the population, is St Helier on the southeast coast. This is the capital and ferry port, guarded by Elizabeth Castle on a tidal island, and has many visitor attractions and facilities. A broad bay sweeps west to St Aubin which is separated by the Portelet headland from St Brélade on another bay with sandy beaches. Most visitors stay in this part of the island, 2 miles south of the airport. The rest of Jersey is gently rolling country, a quiltwork of small fields with small, straggling villages named for their parish church: St Peter (location of the airport), St Ouen, St Mary, Grouville, Trinity, St John and St Martin. Three others that have become absorbed into St Helier are St Saviour, St Lawrence and St Clement.

UnderstandEdit

 
Capital Saint Helier
Currency Jersey pound
pound sterling (GBP)
Population 105.5 thousand (2017)
Country code +44
Time zone UTC±00:00 to Greenwich Mean Time
Emergencies 112
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The Bailiwick of Jersey is the name of the political entity, though the island of Jersey is the only inhabited island. (By contrast the Bailiwick of Guernsey is a cluster of islands, of which Guernsey itself is the biggest.) However Jersey has outlying islets that are being eroded and were once much bigger. There are many legends of Lyonnesse and lands lost under the sea that hereabouts may have some basis in fact (with other examples around Guernsey, and in the Isles of Scilly across the Channel.)

  • Les Minquiers ("the Minkies") 9 miles south of Jersey at low tide have a larger surface area than Jersey. At high tide only a few islets remain, the largest being Maîtresse, all of 50 yards (45 m) long. It has ten dilapidated cottages and no residents, though fisherman, sailors and others land in summer. Les Minquiers are the most southerly point of the British Isles. A group of Wehrmacht soldiers here were among the last to surrender at the end of World War II, three weeks after Germany capitulated. Everyone had forgotten about them.
  • Les Écréhous are a group of islands and rocks six miles north-east of Jersey. Only three keep their heads above water at high tide, the largest Maîtr'Île being 300 yards (270 m) long. There are fishermen's huts but the islands are uninhabited and have no fresh water.

The Channel Islands' odd status arose because in 1066 William Duke of Normandy gained the crown of England, so he and his descendants ruled many parts of France and all of England. A series of wars, and peace treaties followed by more wars, wrested control of French territory away from England to the growing kingdom of France, until all that remained were these islands. And so they remain today. The Bailiwick of Jersey, like that of Guernsey, is therefore a "Crown dependency". They are not subject to the UK parliament or legislation or - crucially - taxation in any way, but they cede control of defence and most international affairs to the UK.

In practice, that defence meant the British using the Channel Islands to exert their sea power, preferably to the detriment of the French. One 17th-century governor, Sir George Carteret, did the King a few favours and was rewarded with lands in America which he named New Jersey. The islands were fortified against invasion during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars but there was little fighting here. And when France was overrun during the Second World War, the British left the islands to German occupation rather than fight a doomed rearguard action. The Germans likewise fortified and tunnelled against a counter-attack that never came. So Jersey has many bastions and bunkers that were never bombarded and are thus in good condition, and interesting places to visit.

Post-war Jersey returned to its staple occupation, agriculture: the Jersey cow remained highly productive, but was no longer a standard component of dowries. Tourism grew on a small scale and never became a mass-market. The big growth factor was Jersey's low tax, which made it an attractive domicile for international companies and for the very wealthy (very wealthy - a mere millionaire doesn't cut it here.) A quarter of the workforce are engaged in the legal & financial sector, and the mild climate suits prosperous but ageing bones.

TalkEdit

English! Jersey was heavily anglicised in the 19th & 20th centuries so English is now universal. You may see French signage, but it's only spoken by visitors. The native regional language, Jèrriais, is still spoken by a minority, but you will not need it to communicate with locals. Jersey has drawn a lot of workers from Madeira, who speak Portuguese.

Get inEdit

  COVID-19 information:

Travel to the island is open to any visitors, but the island is operating a traffic light travel policy which determines testing requirements. The following rules are those that come into force from Tuesday 15 May, for arrivals before then, see the link at the bottom.'

All arrivals are classed as red, amber or green based on 14 day travel history. For the UK, each UK nation is classed as either green or red. Emergency brakes are in place for Delta variant hotspots. ALL testing conducted on island is free of charge, but you cannot pick the time of your tests. The day 0 test (day of arrival) will be conducted at the port of entry.

Double vaccinated

  • Green and Amber - no isolation required; test on arrival
  • Red - test on day 0 and day 8; isolate until result of first test

You must have received both vaccines within the Common Travel Area at least two weeks ago and have a Covid vaccine certification.

Unvaccinated

  • Green - test on day 0 and day 8; isolate until result of first test (FAST-TRACK: get a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival, no need to isolate on arrival)
  • Amber - test on day 0, day 5 and day 10; isolate until result of second test
  • Red - test on day 0, day 5 and day 10; isolate until result of final test

It is not recommended for unvaccinated people to visit Jersey from a red or amber zone. If anyone tests positive at any point during your stay, you will be required to isolate on-island for up to 14 days.

More information from the Government of Jersey

(Information last updated 10 May 2021)

By planeEdit

Jersey's own airline, Blue Islands, has direct flights to Jersey from Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, East Midlands, Guernsey, London City, Manchester, and Southampton; seasonally from Newquay and Zurich. There are several flights each day to Guernsey and a day trip is possible. They also have connecting flights from several other cities. Blue Islands' viability is precarious. It has taken over the routes to Birmingham and Exeter and intends to take others, which are crucial to the island.

Easyjet flies to Jersey from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, and Manchester; seasonally from Belfast International, London Luton, London Southend, and Newcastle. Jersey also has direct flights from London Gatwick (British Airways), Leeds Bradford (Jet2), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Teeside (Eastern Airways), Dusseldorf and Stuttgart (Eurowings), and Munich (Lufthansa). Scotland-based regional airline, Loganair, operates from Aberdeen, Humberside, Inverness, and Norwich seasonally. This means that air connections from France are surprisingly poor, e.g. nothing direct from Paris, you have to double back via Southampton.

1 Jersey Airport (JER IATA) is in the parish of St Peter; it's small but modern. Liberty Bus 15 runs to St Aubin and St Helier every 15 min, adult fare (May 2021) £2.40 cash, £2.00 contactless.

By boatEdit

Condor Ferries sail to Jersey from Poole (4½ hr) and Portsmouth (10 hours) in England, St Malo (90 min) in France and from Guernsey (1 hour). All these ferries are year-round and take vehicles, with daily sailings in summer, but the fast-cat from Poole is more likely to be cancelled in bad weather. Day-trips are possible to & from Guernsey and St Malo.

Manche Iles sail to Jersey from Granville (90 min), Barneville-Carteret (1 hour) and Diélette in Normandy. These are for foot-passengers only and are scheduled for day trips from Normandy, with one outward sailing in the morning and one return late afternoon. They likewise have day-trips from Jersey to Sark, and between Jersey and Guernsey either way.

Most ferries land at 2 Port Elizabeth in St Helier, but some of the Manche Iles ferries sail to Gorey on the east coast. You can sail your own boat to one of several marinas, see Jersey Ports for facilities, rules, tariffs and helpful info.

Get aroundEdit

By busEdit

 
Jersey buses have the names of the twelve parishes in Jèrriais printed on their sides

All public buses are operated by LibertyBus and fan out from St Helier, Liberation bus station next to the harbour. Some routes you might use are:

Bus 1 east via the coast road to Gorey every 15 min, and Bus 2 on a inland route hourly then continuing to St Catherine.
Bus 3 north to the Zoo via Rozel every 30 min, also Bus 13 to the Zoo via La Hougue Bie and Gorey and Bus 23 via St Martin, both hourly.
Bus 4 to Bonne Nuite Bay and Bouley Bay roughly every 2 hours.
Bus 7 to the Devil's Hole then on to St Johns hourly. (St Johns also served by Bus 5.)
Bus 12a to La Corbière via Portelet and St Brelade Bays
Bus 14 west along the bay to St Aubin and St Brelade every 30 min.
Bus 15 via St Aubin to the airport every 15 min.
Bus 21 east to La Hougue Bie every 2 hours.
Bus 28 west to the war tunnels, 11 buses a day not evenly spaced, with some continuing to La Mare Wine Estate.
Several routes serve the west and north west, including St Ouen's Bay, L'Etacq, Plémont Bay and Grève de Lecq (buses 9, 12 & 22 hourly, 8 every 2 hours).
All frequencies above are Monday to Saturday.

These are geared to tourist outings and run daily in summer, less frequently after 18:00 (although some run until midnight) and on Sundays. A few services, serving tourist destinations, are withdrawn in winter and some others are less frequent.

Bus tickets can be purchased on the bus by using a Jersey AvanchiCard (like an oyster card), contactless cards or using cash. A single bus ticket can be used on two connecting journeys (a through-ticket), e.g. from St Aubin to Gorey.

Bus fares
Adult (16+) Child (15 and under)
Cash £2.40 £1.20
Contactless £2.00 £1.00
AvanchiCard £1.75 £0.85

However there are Discover Jersey tickets for 1, 2, 3 or 7 days unlimited travel by bus available. Fare concessions are available for some younger or older people, but UK Concessionary Passes are not valid in Jersey.

By roadEdit

Drive on the left, same as in UK and Ireland. Roads are in good condition but often narrow and twisty. The speed limit throughout Jersey is 40 miles per hour (64 km/h). The island has a green lane network. This unique network of designated lanes is found in 10 of the island's 12 parishes, and there is a mandatory speed limit of 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) with priority afforded to cyclists and pedestrians.

If you intend to bring your own vehicle, check your insurance, as UK motor policies don't cover the Channel Islands. It's usually better to rent: Hertz, Avis and Europcar are based at the airport, while Zebra Cars and Sovereign are downtown in St Helier. They'll usually require you to be aged 21 or over, and to hold a valid driving licence with no endorsements for dangerous or drunken driving in the last 5 years.

Those who have driven in the UK will be familiar with the road signage, as it is mostly the same as that found on the mainland, however there are some notable differences the road user should be aware of. A yellow line across the road (perpendicular) means the same as a double-dashed give way line in the UK. Often, the sight lines from minor roads will not be as good as in most places in the UK, so it may require more care and attention when emerging from a side-road. Yellow lines along the road (parallel) mean that parking and loading is prohibited at all times (the same as a double-yellow line on the mainland). The 'filter in turn' is similar to a 'Give way' however it means that all roads must give way, so you must take it in turns to go through the junction. At the end of Victoria Avenue, there is a filter in turn, however this operates as a merge in turn found in the UK.

Parking in the tourist spots such as St Helier, St Aubin and Gorey can be tricky at certain times. In St Helier (and some other spaces, such as St Brelade's and St Aubin's Bays, especially during the summer), you normally need to pay to park between 08:00 and 17:00 on Monday to Saturday. Some car parks will be 'short stay', restricted to 3-hour visits, while some on-street spaces are restricted to 1-hour parking. It is recommended that tourists download the PayByPhone app to their smartphone to pay for parking, with location codes provided at every car park and paid parking space. It will normally cost around 88p per hour, however some spaces cost 88p per two hours. Refer to signage at the parking space for more information. At Sand Street and the Waterfront car parks, a great car park for shopping in town or for the cinema, parking charges will be higher for stays over three hours, and parking can be paid using ticket machines. Some parking spaces in town are reserved for town residents and others for disabled people or loading.

Other spaces around the island are 'Disc' spaces. You need to purhcase a Jersey yellow parking disc from the Town Hall (located on York Street) or another of the parish halls. They cost £2 and mean you can park for free at various car parks around the island, as long as you use them to display your time of arrival.

As a blue badge holder, you may not park on yellow lines as in the UK. Instead you must find a disabled parking bay, which are located around town. Disabled bays are free, but you must display your time arrival using a parking disc.

Taxi ranks are at the airport, outside the arrivals hall at the port, and here and there in the main streets of St Helier. Tariffs vary by distance, time of day and amount of luggage.

By bikeEdit

 
Jersey cycle route signs

Jersey has a good tourist-focused national cycle network, formed of 12 signposted routes. Most of the routes follow green and quiet lanes and off-road shared use paths, however some routes do have sections on main roads, which on the densely populated island can be quite traffic heavy at times. Often the signage is unclear and requires those on bikes to dismount to use pedestrian crossings on push their bike along the pavement. The island's green lane network (see 'By road') offers cycle-priority tarmacked lanes across the island, with motor traffic restricted to 15 miles per hour.

Route 1 encircles the island, including the segregated cycle track along St Aubin's Bay and the shared use paths between Grouville and Gorey Pier. Another great route is Route 4 and 4a which link to the Northern parishes along the beautiful St Peter's Valley and along the green lanes in St Lawrence respectively.

Tourists can hire Evie bikes. This is a 'Boris bike' style scheme operating in the Channel Islands with electric-assist bikes. Bikes can be hired for £1 per 10 mins by using the freebike app. Bikes can be found around the island and are 'dockless', meaning they can be left anywhere, though leaving them outside a designated 'docking point' may incur an extra fee. It can sometimes be difficult to get a bike outside of town, but fairly easy within town.

Jersey Bike Hire is based in St Brelade; April-Oct it's open daily.

SeeEdit

 
There are a number of German forticifications around the island.

Consider buying a Jersey Heritage Pass for the main attractions, which costs £34 and is valid for 7 days and 4 sites run by Jersey Heritage. In St Helier it covers Elizabeth Castle (including castle ferry), the Maritime Museum and the Jersey Museum & Art Gallery; elsewhere it covers La Hougue Bie, Mont Orgueil Castle and Hamptonne Country Life Museum. It doesn't include the War Tunnels, or any other attraction not run by Jersey Heritage.

St HelierEdit

  • 1 Elizabeth Castle, St Aubin's Bay. Apr-Oct daily 10:00-17:30. Castle on tidal island, built from the 16th century when the stronghold at Mont Orgueil became vulnerable to improving cannon power. It was built over a confiscated abbey, and saw action during the English Civil Wars, and the Seven Years War with France. A barracks was also built, but the site made them sitting ducks so the garrison was moved to Jersey main island. At low tide you walk to the castle across a causeway, at high tide you take the "ferry", which is a pair of amphibious vehicles. The kiosk for ferry tickets is on the slipway directly opposite the Grand Jersey Hotel - don't follow signs for "Port Elizabeth Ferry Terminal" which is for the big ferries to the mainland. Adult £12 + £3 ferry; combi £34 includes ferry.    
  • 2 Maritime Museum, New North Quay, St Helier JE2 3ND, +44 1534 811043. Apr-Oct daily 10:00-17:00, Nov-Mar only Su 10:00-16:00. Great hands-on exposition of Jersey's colourful maritime history, which involved lots of pirates, privateers and other salty rapscallions. Includes the Occupation Tapestry Gallery commemorating wartime events. Adult £10.25, child (6-16) £6.65, combi £34.
  • 3 Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, The Weighbridge, St Helier JE2 3NG, +44 1534 633300. Apr-Oct daily 10:00-17:00, Nov-Mar daily 10:00-16:00. Interesting displays of Jersey life, from Ice Age hairy mammoths, farming and wildlife, Victoriana, the actress Lily Langtree (1853-1929), and the Nazi occupation. Plus small art gallery. Adult £10.25, child (6-16) £6.65, combi £34.
  • The Waterfront is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. The harbour is gated, but you can look in through the fence.
  • 4 Government House in Saint Saviour is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey. You can only visit if you're invited to an official event there.

St Brelade and St AubinEdit

  • St Aubin is a pleasant fishing village at the west end of the bay, with a number of restaurants and cafés. The parish hall was a busy railway station until the line closed in 1936. Access from town via the #15 bus route or along A2 Victoria Avenue.
    • 5 St Aubin's Fort stands on a tidal islet; it was built from the 16th century and periodically reinforced, including during the wartime occupation. It's reached by a causeway at low tide and is free to enter.
  • Le Portelet is the headland separating St Aubin's bay from St Brélade's bay to the west. It's dotted with bastions and lookouts: the eastern part along Chemin de Noirmont has a couple of German positions and ends at "Tour de Vinde," a daymark for navigators. On the western headland is Ouaisne Tower (again, primarily a daymark) and the Common, best area for strolling and dog-walking. Between is a small beach.
    • 6 Portelet Tower or Janvrin's Tomb, on the tidal L'Île au Guerdain just off Portelet beach, is a stubby affair built in 1808 that never grew up into a Martello tower. The nickname is from poor Philippe Janvrin, who in 1721 died of plague on his way home to Jersey; the authorities wouldn't let his body come ashore and had him buried here. A later John Janvrin from Jersey became a leading figure in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and gave his name to Janvrin Island there.
  • St Brelade, inland and ribbon-developing towards the airport, is the only settlement beyond St Helier that could be called a town. St Brélade's parish church was first recorded in 1035 AD and is therefore older. For some reason it was built near the coast a little way from town: the local legend invokes a species of leprechaun-realtors, obviously busy little folk since many mainland churches have a similar legend.
    • 7 The Fishermen's Chapel next to the parish church is a rare example of a monastic chapel that survived the destructive zeal of the Reformation. It may have been built in the 14th century and has remarkable frescoes. It was probably a chantry chapel, where monks recited prayers for the dead, so its name of Chapelle-ès-Pêcheurs (ie for fishermen) would originally have been Pécheurs (ie for sinners).
    • 8 La Corbière is the headland at the southwest tip of Jersey. The name means a gathering of crows, though the gulls have seen them off. You can walk here either along the track of the old railway (see "Do"), or along a clifftop path past a modern prison, wartime bunker, and desalination plant. The gaunt concrete wartime Radio Tower is now self-catering accommodation. The Strongpoint is a wartime bunker and artillery position, erratically open as a museum, and there's a memorial to a successful rescue from a shipwreck in 1995. At low tide you can continue across the causeway to the lighthouse.
    • 9 Reg's Fairy Garden is one man's creation, inland off Route des Genets, St Brélade.

ElsewhereEdit

  • 10 La Hougue Bie, Grouville JE3 9HQ. Apr-Oct daily 10:00-17:00. Neolithic passage grave, in use circa 3500 BC - the passage is 18.6 m long. A medieval chapel was built on top, and there is a modern replica of a Neolithic longhouse. Adult £9.55, child (6-16) £6.15, combi £34.
  • 11 Jersey Zoo, Les Augrès Manor, La Profonde Rue, Trinity, JE3 5BP. Daily Apr-Oct 09:30-18:00, Nov-Mar 09:30-17:00. Founded by pioneering conservationist and writer Gerald Durrell, and still owned by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. You can day-trip, or stay in the glamping pods for a safari camp experience. Gets rave reviews. Adult £16.50, child (6-16) £12.    
  • 12 Eric Young Orchid Foundation, La Rue du Moulin de Ponterrin, Victoria Village JE3 5HH, +44 1534 861963. W-Sa 10:00-16:00. Beautiful display of orchids. Small area so an hour here will be plenty. Adult £6.
  • 13 Mont Orgueil (Gorey Castle, lé Vièr Châté). Apr-Oct daily 10:00-18:00, Nov Dec F-M 10:00-16:00. Impressive castle built from 1204; it had little military value once gunpowder and artillery meant it could be bombarded from the nearby hill, so Elizabeth Castle became the main bastion. However it remained in use as a prison and barracks until the 19th century. It fell into disrepair but re-opened as a museum in 2006. Adult £13, child £8.35, combi £34.    
  • 14 Jersey War Tunnels (Hohlgangsanlage 8), Les Charrieres Malorey, St Lawrence JE3 1FU (Bus 8a from St Helier), +44 1534 860808. Mar-Oct daily 10:00-18:00, early Nov to 15:00. A network of tunnels built during the German occupation by forced labour, to enable the occupiers to withstand Allied bombardment. In 1943 they were converted into a hospital for the anticipated casualties, with 500 beds and an operating theatre. They were never used for either purpose, as there was no fighting here and the occupying forces surrendered along with Germany. Adult £15.
  • 15 Hamptonne Country Life Museum, Rue de la Patente, St Lawrence JE3 1HS. April-Sept daily 10:00-17:00. Demonstrating country crafts, with farm animals. Adult £9.25, combi £34.
  • 16 Channel Islands Military Museum is in a wartime bunker on the west coast. It's open daily 10:00-17:00.
  • The North Coast of Jersey has some beautiful bays with excellent beaches, most of which are fully serviced (lifeguards, WCs, cafes, car parks, but services, etc.) The best are at Plémont, Grève de Lecq and Rozel.

DoEdit

 
The relatively unspoilt north coast has a number of beautiful walks.
  • 1 Jersey Opera House, 3 Gloucester St, St Helier JE2 3QR, +44 1534 511 115 (Box Office). Theatre and opera house with regular programme. Saturdays in July & Aug there are backstage walking tours, £22.    
  • [dead link] Jersey Bowl (next to the airport). M Tu Th F 12:00-23:30, W Sa Su 10:00-00:30. Jersey's only bowling lanes, open all year. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, pool tables, and car parking. one game £5, two £7, three £9.
  • 2 aMaizin!, La Hougue Farm, St Peter JE3 7AX. Apr-Sep: daily 10:00-17:30, Oct Feb: Tu-Su 10:00-17:30. Children's adventure park. Entry fee includes park activities, aMaizin Maze (July-Sept) and the aMaizin Barnyard. Tractor rides, go-karts, water pistol range, crazy golf course, animal encounters, etc. You should allow most of a day to use all the facilities, and bring and a towel and change of clothes for the water activities. £11.50.
  • Walk the Jersey Railway which plied between St Helier and St Aubin from 1870, later extending beyond the quarries at La Moye to Corbiere. It was busy with passengers and freight well into the 20th century when road transport undercut it. In 1936 a fire at the St Helier depot destroyed the station and most of the rolling stock, and that was effectively the end of it, though the line briefly re-opened in wartime by the German occupiers for military construction freight. At the St Helier end it's now simply a walkway and cycleway along the promenade. In St Aubin the former station is now the village hall.
  • The Jersey Coastal Path runs around the entire coast. Although sections are on roadway or pavement, particularly the East, and South coasts as far as St Aubin, the north coast from L'Etacq to Rozel Bay is superb and in conjunction with the bus services can be done in sections. It should be pointed out that the path is not suitable for mountain bikes, but there are separate dedicated mountain bike trails paralleling sections of the path - for details ask locally.

EventsEdit

  • Jersey Boat Show is held in May in St Helier, with displays of sailing and power boats.
  • Jersey Battle of Flowers is a street carnival held in St Helier on the second Th & F in August.
  • Weekender is a rock festival held at the Royal Jersey Showground, Trinity in late August.
  • A Triathlon is held in September in St Helier: swim, bike and run.

BuyEdit

Exchange rates for British pounds

As of 04 January 2021:

  • US$1 ≈ £0.73
  • €1 ≈ £0.894

Exchange rates fluctuate. Current rates for these and other currencies are available from XE.com

Money: The Jersey pound is on parity with British pound sterling. Notes from Guernsey, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man are also accepted in Jersey. But Jersey pounds are not accepted in the UK, so change them for UK pounds before leaving the islands, although they can be paid in over the counter at British banks. Cash machines may offer a choice of which currency is dispensed - local or sterling.

SupermarketsEdit

If you're staying in self-catered accomodation or just want some other supplies, you may need to travel to a supermarket. The larger supermarkets include the Co-op Grand Marchés and Waitrose stores. If you are in the town centre, there are a number of stores such as Alliance (Tesco), Co-op locales and M&S stores near the centre.

Co-operativeEdit

There are three types of Co-op store in Jersey. Unlike the Co-ops in the UK, they are second largest retailer on the island, after the Sandpiper stores. There are two bigger supermarkets called Grand Marchés and a number of smaller stores called Locales. There are also three petrol stations called En Routes.

Note that you can't use a UK Co-op membership in Jersey stores.

Grand Marchés
By car
St Helier A7 La Rue le Masurier, on the St Helier Ring Road. Free parking available above store.
St Peter B41 La Route de l'Église, in St Peter's Village. Free parking available next to store.

WaitroseEdit

Waitrose operates three supermarkets and one Waitrose Home store on the island. You can use your myWaitrose card in Jersey stores.

By car
St Helier A8 Trinity Hill, to the north of town. Free parking available in front of store.
St Saviour B24 La Rue des Prés, in the Longueville area. Free parking available in front of store.
Red Houses A13 La Route Orange, near the Red Houses junction. Free parking available under store.

Smaller supermarketsEdit

Smaller supermarkets include the Co-op locale stores (similar in size to UK Co-op stores), Morrisons Daily, Iceland, Marks & Spencer, as well as Alliance stores, which sell Tesco items.

EatEdit

Occasional themed "food weeks" celebrate the different cuisines of Jersey. Tennerfest in October is a promotion where you can sample top-rated restaurants for a fixed price.

St HelierEdit

  • Midtown places include Quayside Bistro, Bohemia Bar, Cafe Spice, Abilio's, Bella Italia, Mano's and Park House Thai.
  • East of the harbour are Drifters, Moita's, Roseville and Thai Dicq.
  • 1 Cafe JAC, Phillips Street, St Helier (Underneath Jersey Arts Centre), +44 1534 879482. M-F 07:00-23:00. Serves a wide range of food ranging from cafe to restaurant style. Teas, coffees and drinks are also available all day long. Takeaway service available by phone or online.
  • 2 Halkett Pub & Eating House, Halkett Place, St Helier JE2 4WG, +44 1534 732769. Su-Th 11:00-23:00, F Sa 11:00-01:00. Decent enough drinks & bar food.
  • Splurge at Tassili in the Grand Jersey Hotel on the Esplanade, serving dinner Tu-Sa 19:00-21:30.

St Brélade and St AubinEdit

  • Seafish Cafe, Le Boulevard, Saint Aubin JE3 8AB, +44 1534 859230. Tu-Th & Su 17:00-21:00, F Sa 12:00-14:00 & 17:00-21:00. Good fish restaurant overlooking harbour.
  • Jambo, Route de la Baie, St Brelades JE3 8EF, +44 1534 745801. Daily 12:00-13:45 & 18:00-23:00. Good sit-down Chinese restaurant; don't be put off by tatty exterior.
  • The Tree House (formerly Landmark Inn), La Marquanderie Hill, St Brelade JE3 8EP, +44 1534 741177. Daily 11:00-23:00. British restaurant, good food and drink.
  • Beau Bistro is within Golden Sands Hotel on St Brelades Bay.
  • Portelet Inn, Route de Noirmont, Portelet Bay JE3 8AJ, +44 1534 741899. Daily 11:00-23:00. Good food in 16th-century inn; watch your head on that low ceiling.
  • Old Smuggler's Inn, La Mont Du Quaisne, St Brelades, +44 1534 741510. M-F 12:00-14:00 & 18:00-21:00, Sa Su 12:00-21:00. Rustic pub with good food near the beach.
  • Pizza Express have a branch at 59 Halket Place St Helier and another at Route de la Baie St Brelades.
  • Salty Dog Bar and Bistro, Le Boulevard, St Aubin JE3 8AB, +44 1534 742760. Tu-Su 12:30-14:15 & 18:00-21:30, M 18:00-21:30. Bar and bistro specialising in seafood; plenty of other menu choices.
  • Noya Shapla, La Neuve Rue, St Aubin JE3 8AA, +44 1534 746495. Daily 12:00-14:00 & 17:30-23:30. Good Indian food, speed & quality of service variable.
  • The Brasserie and The Grill are in Hotel l'Horizon, see "Sleep".

ElsewhereEdit

  • There are cafes in the airport, and in St Peter's Garden Centre.
  • The Tipsy, Route de Beaumont, St Peter's JE3 7BQ, +44 1534 500111. Daily 12:00-23:00. Refurbished under new owners in 2019, good restaurant and bar.
  • Victoria in the Valley, La Vallée de Saint-Pierre, Jersey JE3 7EG, +44 1534 485498. Tu-Sa 12:00-14:00 & 18:00-20:30, Su 12:00-16:30. Traditional British fare, but well prepared.
  • 3 Great Wall Chinese Takeaway, Princes Tower Rd, Five Oaks JE2 7WP, +44 1534 280049. Daily 17:00-22:00. Good standard of food.
  • 4 Trinity Arms, Rue des Picots, Trinity JE3 5JX, +44 1543 864691. Daily 11:00-23:00. Refurbished in mid-2019, now a pleasant slick place for pub grub.
  • 5 The Royal, St Martin's JE3 6HW (next to St Martin's Church (bus 3, 3A)), +44 1534 856289. Daily 10:00-23:00. Does respectable pub grub at a reasonable price.

DrinkEdit

St HelierEdit

  • There's a whole slew of pubs near the waterfront: The Square, The Office, and The Bar & Canteen in the Waterfront Centre. Inland are The Cock & Bottle, Halkett Pub (see Eat), St James, The Adelphi, Chimes and The Shipwright.
  • Blue Note Bar (Bellinis), Broad St, St Helier JE2 3RR, +44 1534 733793. M-Sa 10:00-23:00, Su 12:00-23:00. Traditional pub downstairs, live music upstairs.

St Brélade and St AubinEdit

  • Midbay Cafe, Route de la Baie, St Brelade's Bay JE3 8EF. Convenient stop for refreshments; eat indoors or out.
  • Poplars Tearoom, La Moye, St Brelade JE3 8LN (Bus 12 or 22). Mar-Sep: W-M 10:00-17:00. Snacks and light meals in pleasant surroundings.
  • St Aubin's Wine Bar, Rue Du Croquet, St Aubin JE3 8BZ. Daily 12:00-23:00. A Randall's pub with TV live sports.
  • The Tenby, St Aubin JE3 8AA. Daily 11:00-23:00. Randall's pub with good meals and drink.

SleepEdit

St HelierEdit

St Brélade and St AubinEdit

  • Harbour View, Le Boulevard, St Aubin's harbour JE3 8AB, +44 1534 741585, . Clean and comfy guest house, the harbour view is only from the front rooms - back rooms just look onto concrete. B&B double £130.
  • Atlantic Hotel, Mont de la Pulente JE3 8HE, +44 1534 744101. Luxurious relaxing place with ocean views. B&B double £250.
  • Old Court House, Le Boulevard, St Aubin JE3 8AB, +44 1534 746433. Small hotel with pleasant rooms centred on old pub. B&B double £150.
  • Golden Sands Hotel, Route de la Baiae, St Brelade JE3 8EF, +44 1534 741241. Beach hotel in great location. B&B double £220.
  • Hotel La Place, Route du Coin, St Aubin JE3 8BT, +44 1534 744261. Friendly well-run 3-star, and has self-catering cottages. B&B double £200.
  • Somerville Hotel, Mont Du Boulevard, St Aubin JE3 8A, +44 1534 741226. Charming 4-star hotel, on hill above town. B&B double £150.
  • Hotel l'Horizon, Route de la Baie, St Brelade's Bay JE3 8EF, +44 1534 743101. Great well-run hotel on the beachfront. B&B double £170.
  • The Panorama, La Rue du Croquet, St Aubin JE3 8BZ, +44 1534 742429. Grand 5-star hotel overlooking the bay. B&B double £180.
  • Biarritz Hotel, Le Mont Sohier, St Brelade's Bay JE3 8EA, +44 1534 742239. 3-star in gardens overlooking the bay, good rooms and service. B&B double £130.

ElsewhereEdit

LearnEdit

Jersey does not have any universities, although Highlands College offers a very limited selection of university-level degrees.

WorkEdit

Employment in Jersey is subject to strict regulations. The basic principle, enshrined in the 1973 Regulation of Undertakings Act, is that anyone offering employment is required to have a licence to employ those who are not qualified to live on Jersey under the various Housing Acts. Those who come to the island have to be resident for five years before they are regarded as qualified to apply for unlicensed vacancies.

The way that this has been interpreted has varied over the years: for many years it was relatively easy for businesses to get licences, but now it is far more difficult.

This does not mean that there are no available vacancies, but it means that the Jersey job market is rather unusual. Those who have specialised essential skills (particularly in medicine) will find vacancies, and some of the offshore finance companies have block licences which they will use to bring in specialist or senior staff. At the bottom end of the market there are still some seasonal vacancies for waiters and bar staff (although the States, Jersey's government, are increasingly pushing the tourism industry to use local staff). In between there is very little.

The five year rule also applies to anyone who wishes to set up a business outside the finance sector, unless they can prove that the business does not duplicate an existing business.

Stay safeEdit

Jersey law derives from Norman customary law, now supplemented by English law and local statute. United Kingdom law does not automatically apply in Jersey, unless adopted by the parliament, the States of Jersey. Most things are the same as in English law, with the exception of some laws about marriage and divorce. Attitudes towards homosexuality tend to be very similar to those you would find in Great Britain.

Outside of towns and villages, streetlighting is non-existent, and so a torch/flashlight is strongly recommended if walking on the road. Roads are also often tight and narrow, so walk defensively. In particular, take care on weekend nights. Although drink-driving is illegal in Jersey, law enforcement is very limited in more rural areas, and public transport is rarely available later in the evening, meaning most people will drive to and from pubs. This can make narrow, unlit roads particularly hazardous.

Stay healthyEdit

There is a hospital in St Helier which will be able to deal with most regular injuries. For specialist treatment, it is often necessary for patients to be taken to Great Britain.

Going to the doctor's in Jersey will cost you, normally around £40 a time. This can vary considerably, as it is up to the doctor's surgery to set the price.

A bilateral healthcare agreement between the UK and Jersey exists, but this does not cover dental treatment and prescribed medicines. Proof of UK residence is needed.

RespectEdit

Some people from Jersey refer to themselves as British (which is quasi-accurate). Some people refer to themselves as Norman, or some even French! People from Jersey are not English (in the same way the Welsh are the Welsh, the Scottish are the Scottish and the Irish are the Irish). The correct ways of describing persons from Jersey are 'Jerseymen' (Jèrriais) and 'Jerseywomen' (Jèrriaises). Calling them anything else may offend unless you are on good terms.

As a general rule, people from Jersey are very pro-Europe (despite not being a part of the 'European Union') and would describe themselves as being more a part of Europe than Great Britain is, on the basis of geography and French culture. With that in mind, British visitors should be aware that while the island superficially resembles the UK, service culture is more like Paris, and manage their expectations accordingly.

ConnectEdit

Go nextEdit

  • Guernsey
  • Sark — a small island near Jersey with a ferry service during the summer months.
  • Saint-Malo — day trips from Jersey to Saint-Malo are possible by ferry.
  • Portsmouth


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