Seize the opportunity to visit the fascinating capital of the island of Jersey, Saint Helier. See the highlights like Liberation Square, Fort Regent, Saint Helier Parish and the Royal Square. Many streets still carry old French titles and many shop fronts still boast the names of their island founders. The town is named after the island’s first and most famous saint who lived and preached in Jersey in the 8th century.
Highlights, architectural gems and the markets
We start this walk with a visit to Liberation Square, the location of a statue depicting islanders celebrating the liberation of the island from the German occupying forces of World War II. We pass Fort Regent, originally built as a defence during the Napoleonic Wars and now a leisure complex. Continuing into the town centre we see Saint Helier Parish Church with its mix of architectural styles from throughout the ages and arrive at Royal Square dominated by the gilded statue of George II. Then we will visit the Central Market in Beresford Street. This is an indoor market that was opened in 1882. It is an official Site of Special Interest and a popular destination for both tourists and locals. It features Victorian architecture including cast iron structures and an ornamental fountain in the centre. The market contains stalls selling flowers and fruit and vegetables, as well as small shops and cafés. The fish market, Beresford Market, is a separate building next to the Central Market.
Also located in Royal Square are the Royal Court and the Island's parliament. Jersey is a British island, but is not part of the United Kingdom nor is it a colony. The Island's link with the United Kingdom and the rest of the Commonwealth is through Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who as the Sovereign is the Head of State. Following our visit to Royal Square we return to Saint Helier quayside and the ship.