During half term we spent a week in France, travelling there and back with Condor Ferries. On the way out we had an impromptu stop in Jersey and loved exploring the island and on the way home we had arranged to stop and stay overnight in Guernsey so we could explore and see what it had to offer.
I pride myself on writing honest blogs of both things we review and our days out and I have to admit that our visit to Guernsey was a complete disaster and really disappointing.
We arrived in Guernsey at 10pm at night as our initial ferry had been cancelled due to the weather and we had to take the Condor Clipper. Lets just say the four metre waves made us all feel a little queasy, with Sebby suffering the most and we were all please to get on to dry land. After a few problems checking in, we settled into the Grisnoir Guest House to get a good nights sleep. That was probably the highlight of our stay.
Hubby has been to Guernsey before, albeit 30 years ago, and had a plan of where he wanted to take us, with the Little Chapel being top of his list. We had breakfast and left the guest house around 10am so we could make the most of the island.
We found the Little Chapel just 5 minutes from where we were staying, but sadly it was closed for essential maintenance and covered in so much scaffolding that you could not see anything.
Never mind we thought as we had seen a sign for the German Military Underground Hospital, so we headed there instead. We arrived, parked and unloaded the kids from the car, crossed the road to the entrance to find it was closed.
In hindsight I should have checked the website first, but I had looked at Visit Guernsey and just made a list of things we had wanted to see without drilling down for further details. I then started looking for things we actually could do and found that ALL attractions were shut until the middle of March – even Castle Cornet!
It wasn’t even 11am and we had to find something to entertain the kids for 6 hours in howling winds and driving rain!
We happened upon Rocquaine Bay which was surrounded by bunkers that the kids to run across, or head down the stairs to the beach where we looked for shells and did some rock pooling.
We roamed the beach for a good hour before the weather drove us back to the warmth of our car and headed off in search of something else to do.
We found a few Forts to explore, but they were mostly closed off to the public so we just wandered around the outside of them before getting in the car to find the next one.
By now it was nearing lunchtime so we headed back to St Peter Port in the hope that as it was the main town, it would have something open to do.
Sadly we were wrong.
There is no doubt that St Peter Port is pretty but shops don’t open on a Sunday and the whole place was deserted. We wandered around, looking in windows before deciding to see if we could at least see some of Castle Cornet.
We wandered along the port wall to the lighthouse at the end, but that was as close to the castle we could get. In the summer months when it is open apparently they have a noon day gun which I can only imagine is a real spectacle to see.
At this point I am afraid we admitted defeat. It was obvious that Sebastian was not well and all he wanted to do was sleep so we headed to the Ferry terminal and sat in the car waiting for the check-in to open.
I can imagine that Guernsey is a beautiful place to visit in the summer, but my advice to anyone thinking of a break out of season is to avoid at all costs.