Heritage in Jersey
Jersey's unique history has been moulded over time by Ice Age visitors, occupying forces, languages and local traditions. You can experience major historical sites dating back hundreds of years, which are now open to the visiting public. From World War II bunkers to ancient burial grounds, farm houses, castles and caves. Jersey is there waiting to be discovered.
Why discover Jersey's Heritage?
Just nine miles by five, Jersey’s size makes it easy for you to fit plenty into your visit. With history on your doorstep, heritage sites to seek out and discover it's perfect for all ages. Unravel Jersey's colourful past as you spot Martello Towers, built to keep the French at bay or step back in time to discover the history of the German occupation at the Jersey War Tunnels.
Jersey's top heritage sites
There are numerous heritage sites to choose from in Jersey, with many local organisations, including Jersey Heritage, The National Trust for Jersey and the Channel Islands Occupation Society working hard to tell our island's story. Here are a few suggestions to help you decide where to start.
Jersey’s Occupation Story
The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to fall into enemy hands, when they were occupied by German forces between 1940 and 1945. Many of the coastal military zones and inland sites are still visible to this day. Thanks to the hard work of local historians and associations many are open to the pubic, allowing visitors a glimpse at what life would have been like during that period. The surrender of Germany was announced on the 8th May 1945 with the official arrival of allied forces on May 9th, our Liberation Day.
Heritage for Kids
Allow your child's imagination to run wild as they learn about and explore Jersey's history and heritage. From ancient castles and forts to farms, mills and war tunnels. Let them be inspired by our historical past and wonderful environment in which we live.
Heritage for Free
One of the best ways to take in Jersey's history and heritage is to get out and about and discover it for yourself. By either walking or cycling around our beautiful cliff paths and country lanes you will be able to discover many heritage sites for free. So if you are a keen explorer or photographer you're in for a real treat as you hunt for some of Jersey's famous landmarks and hidden secrets.
Heritage Events & Tours
There are many events and tours to choose from during your visit to Jersey. Many of our local guides can help you explore some of our historical sites, with facinating tales of war and heroism. Or why not take in a film screening or theatrical performace at one of our heritage sites. The choice is yours.
What better way to understand Jerseys's past than to explore sites of civilian wartime protest and defiance in Occupied Jersey. These fantastic videos as well as historic images bring back to life the challenges that local residents had to overcome whilst living alongside the occupying forces.
Explore the Ice Age landscape
Discover how the spectacular scenery of Jersey's modern coast was shaped by the forces of ice and sea during the Island's Ice Age past. Download dedicated walking guides designed to introduce you to three distinctive parts of Jersey's Ice Age coast.