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Discover Jersey

Jersey Facts - Closer to France, Nearer to Home

The island is a mere 45 square miles with 12 Parishes

The currency of the Great British Pound

14 miles from the coast of France

The language is English plus a little Jersey French

100 miles from south of mainland Britain

Jersey is self-governing and a British Crown Dependency

The population is approximately 100,000

Jersey doubles in size when the tide is out


A Wealth of Activities & Attractions

Jersey is the most southerly Island of the British Isles. Located some 100 miles (160 kms) south of mainland Britain yet only 14 miles (22 kms) from the coast of France, Jersey provides the visitor with a kaleidoscope of sensory stimuli. Despite its small size - Jersey measures just nine miles by five (14 kms x 8 kms) - all your senses are made to work overtime in this tiny Island.

Jersey's attractions and gastronomic excellence ensure that foodie fans and culture vultures are well catered for, with Michelin-starred restaurants, quirky beach cafes, Second World War relics and international conservation parks all offering a thoroughly enjoyable and varied holiday experience.

For those who want to seek thrills, spills and activities, there is a wealth of options both in the sea and on the land, from surfing, kayaking and scuba diving to golf, blokarting and cliff-walking.


Jersey's Geography

Approach the Island by air and you see lush valleys, well-kept fields and an unspoilt coastline. Arrive by sea and the rocky grandeur of La Corbiere, the sweep of St Aubin's Bay and picturesque Elizabeth Castle set the scene for a grand encounter with a small but delightful island whose variety of scenery, wealth of history and sheer beauty compete with much larger and, perhaps, better-known destinations.

The sea dominates the landscape with views of the surrounding Atlantic Ocean accessible from virtually every point on the island. The coastline also offers infinite variety - majestic cliffs, exposed bays, sandy beaches and rocky coves are all immediately accessible by road or on foot and just a few minutes drive from any community. Due to Jersey's unique position in the Bay of St. Malo the island grows and shrinks twice a day as the tide ebbs and flows in excess of 40 ft (12 m) - one of the highest tidal ranges in the world.


Unique to Jersey

Jersey is home to many things that make our island special. Step into the countryside and you will be greeted by the beautiful Jersey Dairy Cow's working tirelessly all year to provide us with world famous milk, butter, cheese and more.

Cast your eye's up to the sloping fields (Cotils) on the east of the island and you will see row upon row of the famous "Jersey Royals" one of the most exported products produced in Jersey.

Jèrriais is the traditional language of Jersey, closely related to French it is an important part of Jersey's heritage. As you explore the island you will easily spot the language amongst our street names and places around the island.