Our walking tour takes us to the centre of the town of St Peter Port, which has a fascinating history and has been a busy port since Roman times. The deep, safe anchorage and relative remoteness from France has made the town the Channel Islands’ premier port. It is a picturesque town with cobbled streets and narrow alleys and regency buildings.
From the harbour, with its forest of masts and bustling Fish Quay, we can see Castle Cornet, originally built on an island and now reachable by a raised walkway built in the 19th Century. Built on the site of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements, the castle has been built, partially destroyed and rebuilt many times with Medieval, Tudor and World War II remains. The castle dates from the 13th Century and started as a fortification against the French after the island decided to side with England after the loss of Normandy. It has been used as a garrison, arsenal and prison.
Castle Cornet guards the entrance to Guernsey’s Harbour and offered defence of the seaway between the islands of Herm, Jethou and Guernsey and towards Sark over many centuries.
See and hear the key highlights of the Castle with your accredited guide before spending some time at your own pace in the ‘Story of Castle Cornet’ exhibition, or exploring the castle and perhaps some of their four small gardens within the castle walls - including the apothecary’s garden, kitchen garden and ornamental gardens. The Castle contains a numbers of interesting museums including the Maritime Museum, the Story of Castle Cornet Museum, the 201 Squadron RAF (Guernsey's Own) Museum and the Militia Museum.