With the local natural beauty and history all around we don't recommend those 'attractions' which are little more than a gift shop/cafe with a tourist trap attached.
Here are our 'Top 10' attractions in Jersey:
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Though still called Jersey Zoo by many Islanders, this is a misrepresentation.
It's raison d'être is the conservation of endangered species. A must see in our opinion. [Find out more]
The Weighbridge, St. Helier
This award-winning local museum mixes modern interactive displays with exhibits that tell the story of Jersey’s past.
Special exhibitions are held throughout the year and a section of the building has been restored to show the house of a wealthy shipbuilding family in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Open all year round.
Jersey War Tunnels
A thought provoking place where prisoners laboured in slave like conditions to build these tunnels.
Originally designed to protect the occupying Nazis during WWII and, as D-Day approached as a hospital for military casualties, it was never used for it's intended purposes.
New North Quay, St. Helier
The Maritime Museum takes the sea and Jersey's central relationship with it as its theme. The museum has attracted widespread deserved acclaim for its emphasis on ‘learning through doing’ – visitors are not only allowed to touch the exhibits they are encouraged to. With the story telling giant whelk (it sounds naff, but it isn't) children will enjoy the experience as much as adults.
Open all year round. [Find out more]
St. Aubin's Bay.
Built in the 16th century when Sir Walter Raleigh was Governor of
Jersey. The castle is where an exiled Charles II gave land- in the 'new territories'- to the Governer for Jersey's loyalty during the English Civil War. It's now known as New Jersey!
You can learn about the history of Elizabeth Castle here.
Open from beginning of April to end of October
Note: Because of it's location access for disabled people is difficult. [Find out more]
Les Landes, St. Ouen.
In the best supermarket tradition you get three for the price of one
here. On the cliffs on the north west coast are the ruins of this 14th
century castle. A short stroll futher along the cliffs is an observation tower , built during the Nazi occupation.
Walk a little further along and you will see a rock formation known as Le Pinacle. This rock formation was a site of ritual worship during neolithic times. You can often pick up Neolithic arrow heads on the nearby excavation spoil heap.
Les Mielles, St. Ouen's Bay
On the west coast of Jersey is this Martello Tower built as part of a series of defensive forts to protect the island from Napoleon's forces.
Open during summer months, Kempt Tower is an information point for the adjacent wildlife conservation and countryside management area at Les Mielles.
The Glass Church
Millbrook, St. Lawrence
St. Matthew's Church or as it is popularly known The Glass Church. The glass work including the font, altar rail, cross and pillars, was created by René Lalique of Paris and is considered to be one of the the finest examples of his work in Europe.
Open all year round.