6 facts about Guernsey that might surprise you
Guernsey is an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. It is the largest and most southerly Channel Island, 19 km west of France and 160km south of England. Like the rest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey is not part of the UK, but it feels very British. Guernsey is self-governing with its own parliament, its own government, and its own laws. In addition, because of its close proximity to France, it has many interesting things that make Guernsey feel very unique and such a great place to visit. Here are some of the most interesting facts about Guernsey:
- It’s warmer in Guernsey than on mainland UK with more than 2,000 hours of sunshine each year, making the Channel Islands the sunniest place in the British Isles.
- The island is English-speaking (although it does have its own language), uses the pound and is situated in the same time zone as Britain.
- Guernsey has blue post boxes rather than the iconic red ones of mainland Britain. That is apart from one, in Union Street, St Peter Port; it is red, dates back to 1853 and is Britain’s oldest post-box still in use
- Driving in Guernsey has a maximum speed limit of 35mph and in many areas, this is restricted to 25 and below. Driving licence number plates are black with numbers only.
- St Andrew on Guernsey has the smallest consecrated chapel in the world at only 16ft by 9ft. The original dates back to 1914 and was knocked down and rebuilt twice since. The chapel that stands on site today is covered with seashells, pebbles and broken china; a small and beautiful treasure that visitors to Guernsey love.
- There are three unique islands nearby to visit: Herm, Sark and Alderney. The wildlife and scenery on these islands are plentiful with puffins on Herm, fabulous birds and the rare blonde hedgehog on Alderney and opportunities for peace and tranquillity on Sark with no cars allowed.
There’s a lot to do on Guernsey and with its favourable climate and spring arriving early, there are maximum opportunities to spend time outdoors. Whether your passion is walking among glorious scenery, a love of wildlife or an interest in history then Guernsey and its surrounding islands have it all.
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