Gems of Guernsey
Your coach will take you alongside our impressive harbour sea front, past the 12th century church of St Peter Port climbing to the top of Les Val des Terres where excellent views over the harbour and The Islands of Guernsey can be enjoyed. The route will take you through St Martin’s Village, stopping off briefly at St Martin’s parish church where Guernsey’s most ancient statue is situated ‘La Mere du Chimquiere’ (the grandmother of the church).
The tour will then move on to the Little Chapel. Situated in the heart of the Guernsey countryside this chapel is the smallest consecrated church in the world. Built as a labour of love, the design is based on the Grotto at Lourdes and decorated with a mosaic of shells and donated fragments of Wedgewood and Royal Doulton china. Barely 16 feet (5 metres) long and can fit less than a dozen people inside.
Your coach will continue through country lanes leading to the west coast where there will be a short stop for photos.
As you are descending the hill in the coach, you will see the Napoleonic Martello Tower of Fort Grey nestling inside the natural fishing harbour of Rocquaine Bay. This was originally built in 1804 to defend Guernsey’s west coast, known locally as the ‘Cup and Saucer’ and houses the ship wreck museum which can be easily reached from the shore.
Travel along the west coast past the sandy beaches of L’Eree and Vazon with time for photo stops at Grandes Rocques and Pembroke Bays. Before returning to the harbour visit the Dehus Dolmen, an impressive passage grave in the north from pre historic times and the fishing harbour at Bordeaux. This was one of the favourite haunts of Victor Hugo, the famous French playwright who was exiled in Guernsey for 15 years in the 1800’s.
· Type: Coach Tour
· Duration: 3.5 hours
· Wheelchair access to places of interest but no wheelchair access inside the Little Chapel.
· 10 steps on entrance to Little Chapel and a few steps to explore inside.
· Public toilet facilities only at Rocquaine, Vazon and Pembroke Bays.
· Optional entrance to the Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum (discount for large groups negotiable).