What to do when you’re in… Jersey

Spanning just 118.2km, Jersey is the small but perfectly formed jewel in the crown of the Channel Islands, and provides plenty of opportunities to eat, explore and enjoy.

Whether you arrive from the skies or the sea, here’s what to do when you hit land. Just don’t forget to pack your pound notes…

Where to stay in Jersey

If it’s luxury you’re looking for, Longueville Manor, Jersey’s most highly acclaimed hotel and the only AA 5 Red Star hotel in the Channel Islands, should be top of your list. Situated in a 14th century manor boasting everything from a heated outdoor swimming pool to a state-of-the-art wine cellar and its very own boutique spa, just one night in one of the 30 stylish bedrooms will allow you to reset and recharge.

Also popular are The Club Hotel & Spa, which also houses a Michelin-starred restaurant, and the Atlantic Hotel, with striking views across St Ouen’s Bay. At the more budget end of the spectrum, The Inn Boutique Hotel receives consistently positive reviews from satisfied visitors who say that it exceeds its 3* rating.

What to do in Jersey

Despite only measuring five miles by nine miles, Jersey has more than enough to keep you busy for the duration of your trip. The main town, St Helier, is the base for most travellers, but venture further afield and you’ll be met with delights as diverse as Jersey Lavender Farm, working mill Le Moulin de Quetivel and the historic Elizabeth Castle and La Hougue Bie Museum. If the weather is good, you can reach many attractions on foot or by bike – and if all of that exercise has good you in the mood for more, you can also attempt surfing and sailing (or for the truly brave amongst us, coasteering!).

It goes without saying that the beaches of Jersey are one of the biggest and most beautiful draws in the area – from the golden sands of St Ouens Bay to the peaceful harbour at Bonne Nuit, it’s worth pencilling is as many as possible. For a truly unique experience, pick your own pearls with Jersey Pearl, or take a kayak tour through secluded coves.

Where to eat in Jersey

The Cock & Bottle in the Royal Square remains a firm favourite – a pleasing combination of English pub and French brasserie, it’s an ideal spot to while away an hour or two over drinks, or tuck into a sandwich or steak.

Capitalise on the island’s easy access to fresh seafood at Oysterbox and Crab Shack, and tuck into carefully crafted contemporary cuisine, such as lamb loin or confit cod, at Sumas. Mark Jordan at the Beach is another excellent bistro with an extensive menu that also includes some creative vegetarian options. Fancy wood-fired pizza? Go to Portlet. For evening drinks, you’ll want to venture towards Project 52.

Jersey is famed for two main delicacies – Jersey royal potatoes, and the buttery milk that comes from Jersey cows, so be sure to try both before you depart. Cream tea is another must – head to the charmingly old-fashioned Rozel Bay Tea Room for yours – but an honourable mention should also go to Mad Mary’s on Bouley Bay, renowned island-wise for its delicious hot chocolate.