Do you like doing things a little differently? If the answer is yes, then a visit to Jersey during the Winter season would be ideal for your next short break. Contrary to popular belief, Summer is not the only time of the year to explore Jersey, each season brings along something distinctively different, and Winter is not the exception.
With a history that goes back as far as the Ice Age, a unique cultural legacy, vast outdoors, rich local cuisine, and luxurious spas… the island has something for every traveller in Winter.
Walk the island
Take in Jersey’s natural scenery on foot to appreciate its natural wonders. The island offers a network of breath-taking cliff paths along the north coast that welcome walkers and hikers of all capabilities. There are plenty of routes to choose from ranging in length and difficulty, but not in beauty.
A leisurely stroll in the woods or quite green lanes is perfect if you’d like going off-the-beaten track. Don’t forget that you are visiting in an island, so you can opt for a refreshing walk along one of the beautiful beaches that Jersey boasts.
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Tips: wrap yourself up before venturing out and consider stopping by one of the many cafés along the way to grab a hot drink and something to eat.
Bouley Bay, North Coast
Go sightseeing outdoors
Explore the island’s rich history by paying a visit to some of its heritage sites and iconic landmarks. Although during the Winter months there are places that reduce their opening hours and others are close, there’s so much to do.
The picture-perfect Mont Orgueil Castle, perched above the scenic fishing port of Gorey, is a must-see while in Jersey. Standing on top of a rocky promontory for more than 800 years is one of Jersey’s oldest historic landmarks. Its eventful history is noticeable today, from remnants that date back to the 13th-century to the observation positions built by the occupying German forces in the WW2.
If delving into network of staircases, towers and secrets rooms whets your appetite, there are a few coffee shops, pubs, and restaurants where you can get a taste of Jersey’s winter produce. The Dolphin Grill & Bar is a favourite among visitors and locals alike is known for its fresh, locally sourced fish.
Tip: try to visit the castle on a sunny day to take in the breath-taking the views of the French coast.
La Corbière Lighthouse should be on the top of your list. Located in the most southwest point of the island, the lighthouse has become one of Jersey’s most popular tourist attractions due to its location on a tidal island that is only accessible on foot when the tide is far out.
It is the first in the British Isles to be built of concrete and its light is visible for 18 miles (29 km) in clear weather. This beacon of light has beckoned ships away from danger over its history.
Tip: The best time to visit is at sunset. Since it is winter, you can enjoy in the comfort of the panoramic Corbière Phare Restaurant & Bar cosy and warm.
La Corbière Lighthouse
Another landmark that can’t be missed is Elizabeth Castle, which has stood on a rocky islet in St Aubin’s Bay defending Jersey’s most important seaway for more than 300 years. Built in the 1590s served as a residence of Sir Walter Raleigh while he was Governor of Jersey (1600 to 1603). Also, during the English Civil War (1642-1651), the future King Charles II found refuge at Elizabeth Castle. Later, during the German occupation in the WW2 turned to be one of the strongest points overseeing the approaches from the sea.
Although the castle is close during the Winter months, it is worth stopping along the waterfront and admire it.
Tip: St. Aubins Bay promenade is packed with coffee shops and restaurants that serve up hearty breakfasts with a castle view. The Lookout Café is a wonderful choice!
The Jersey Zoo is a must-see when travelling with kids. You’ll encounter over 100 species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. Besides, you may also meet the gorillas and be a keeper for a day. To cope with the cold and the wet weather there are two cafeterias on onsite.
Go sightseeing indoors
There’s no shortage of awesome museums on the island. The town of St. Helier is home to The Jersey Museum & Art Gallery that opens all year-round, and The Maritime Museum that opens from mid-March to December. The perfect way to learn more about Jersey’s history and keep yourself warm!
The ArtHouse is a multifunctional space that produces events, large-scale exhibitions, theatre pieces, concerts, and more for islanders and visitors alike throughout the year.
Indulge in a spa session
Cold days in Winter are also made for an exhilarating spa session at one of the award-winning hotels that offers wellness facilities. Book a soothing treatment, dip in the pool, and indulge in a delectable afternoon tea afterwards. The Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa, the Royal Yacht Hotel and Hotel De France are just few of them.
Ayush Wellness Spa at Hotel de France
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