Having not too long ago accomplished a Channel Island household vacation we wished to share our tried and examined locations to go to in Jersey. We explored the capital, points of interest, seashores and look at factors and have put collectively our really helpful itinerary for exploring Jersey with children.
It’s such a wide ranging place and is firmly amongst our favorite UK islands to go to.
We managed to see lots throughout our week lengthy vacation whereas maintaining all the things slow-paced and leaving loads of causes to return.
Attending to Jersey and the Channel Islands
Jersey referred to as for a bit extra planning than our regular UK holidays with a little bit of sea time thrown in for enjoyable.
Whether or not you’re travelling with a camper van like us or not, there are a couple of choices for travelling to Jersey from the UK:
Ferry to Jersey
We took our VW transporter on the ferry from Poole in Dorset to St Helier in Might 2022.
My seven-year-old’s face was just a little inexperienced through the crossing – I misplaced rely of the variety of occasions we wanted to go to the lavatory to hover by a toilet (fortunately the queasy feeling got here to nothing).
However once we heard that there have been individuals on the boat who’d dashed to the port after their flights had been cancelled, we felt tremendous proud of our transport selection.
After all, it will have been just a little troublesome to go to Jersey with a camper van if we’d booked flights too.
There’s two crossing choices from the UK to Jersey:
- Condor Voyager from Poole that takes 4 hours
- Commodore Clipper, from Portsmouth that takes 10 hours and 20 minutes.
The latter is the cheaper possibility however in case you have set vacation dates you lose time on the island. That is why we opted for the crossing from Poole.
Test crossings and costs:
Fly to Jersey
You too can fly to Jersey direct from London and 10 different regional UK airports.
Tip: seek for airplane tickets in a personal browser to keep away from seeing the costs going up artificially.
The place we stayed in Jersey
We took our camper van to Jersey and booked our campsite simply earlier than our ferry crossing. It’s a good suggestion to do each similtaneously there’s a restricted quantity of lodging and crossings to the island.
We selected Tenting Rozel – a family-friendly website 20 minutes from St Helier. There’s an out of doors swimming pool, playground, video games room, loopy golf and good amenity blocks.
The closest harbour village and seashore is Rozel, which is a 15 minute down hill stroll on a street. Simply bear in mind, like many rural roads in Jersey, there’s no pavements.
Learn our full evaluation of Rozel Tenting Park.
Locations to go to in Jersey with children
We like to combine up our vacation activies with some which can be particular treats and others which can be low-cost and even free.
From seashore days to household points of interest and historic locations, right here’s the place we visited throughout our seven night time vacation in Jersey:
Portlet Bay Seashore
We visited stunning Portlet Bay after a advice from a household additionally staying on our campsite. It’s on the South West nook of Jersey.
Go to when the tide is low and there’s a lot rock swimming pools and powdery white sand for making castles.
There’s additionally a seashore entrance cafe serving takeaway pizzas and a stroll throughout a sandbar to Portlet Tower on Ile au Guerdian.
This Napoleonic spherical tower was constructed on the spot the place a Jersey sea captain was buried after falling sufferer to the plague off shore. The authorities wouldn’t let his physique be introduced on land, fearful the illness would unfold.
So that is his closing resting place. I believe he’d have permitted.
Entry to the seashore is through a steep footpath with steps. Deal with yourselves to a chilly drink and ice cream from the Portlet Inn on the prime of the cliffs once you climbed again up.
What an incredible zoo! I’m unsure I anticipated a lot for a wildlife park on a tiny island however Jersey Zoo punches properly above its weight.
The enclosures are set inside an attractive 32 acre park and make you are feeling such as you’re in among the many animals.
Highlights for us had been seeing the orangatan speak, strolling via the butterfly home and witnessing a good quantity of politics within the flamingo lake. They’d give my ladies a run for his or her cash once they’re feeling a bit tetchy!
I’d positively suggest including this to your locations to go to in Jersey in case you have animal-loving children or should you’re a fan of The Dunnells on ITV.
Discover Jersey Zoo:
Test opening hours and ticket costs on the Jersey Zoo web site.
On the best way again from the zoo we determined discover an ice cream. We handed via Anne Port on the East aspect of the island and couldn’t resist a cease.
This small port has a tidal seashore with parking on the slipway and some areas on the street. It was stunning however we didn’t spot an ice cream store so we continued to some other place that had been really helpful to us…
Our goal for ice lotions was the Driftwood Cafe on Archirondel Seashore. It’s identified on the island for its seafood, Thai delicacies and fairly superb collection of desserts.
We ended up skipping the ice cream and ordering chips and cake whereas having fun with a view throughout the rock swimming pools.
There’s not plenty of parking on the seashore, so arrive early or late within the day for one of the best likelihood to seize a spot.
Discover Archirondel Seashore:
Jersey Battle Tunnels
Mr Tin Field and I visited Jersey Battle Tunnels throughout our first, child-free journey to the island. It was the kind of place we’d not take the youngsters then, once they had been pre-school age. However we thought we’d give it a go now they had been 9 and 7.
We spent an hour and a half exploring the tunnels. There’s a round route that takes you alongside a timeline of the struggle from the rise of the Nazis to the choice to permit them to occupy the Channel Islands and their eventual Liberation.
That is an fascinating place to go to with kids who’ve studied the Second World Battle in class because it offers them perception into what it was wish to dwell in an occupied a part of the UK.
Life was not rosey for the individuals who determined to stick with one German soldier to each 4 islanders, a tradition of suspicion and meals in brief provide. That’s to not point out that 22 of the 5,000 employees who constructed the tunnels died within the course of.
There movies, recreations of wartime scenes and some interactive shows.
A couple of extra issues price mentioning:
- Youthful kids is likely to be unsettled by the noises and particular results within the unfinished tunnels.
- The tunnels are accessible with a pushchair or wheelchair.
- The bogs are within the constructing with the store and cafe exterior the tunnels.
It’s additionally price saying that for a 1.5hour expertise, the tunnels aren’t low-cost to go to. We additionally spent simply as a lot on lunch within the cafe afterwards as we did on our tickets. So I’d solely suggest including this to your locations to go to in Jersey in case you have a eager curiosity in historical past.
Discover Jersey Battle Tunnels:
Discover out extra about opening occasions and costs for visiting Jersey Battle Tunnels.
Wander St Helier and Jersey Central Market
After visiting the tunnels we determined to have a wander across the capital St Helier. It has a stunning continental really feel about it, as does a lot of Jersey with its French road names and sunny local weather.
We had no explicit plan and stumbled upon Jersey Central Market, which is a prime spot to choose up native produce. We purchased barbecue meat and recent veg in addition to a few jars of unbelievable Jersey jam.
There’s additionally loads of different outlets, cafes and eating places within the capital, which is straightforward to discover on foot. Throughout our wander, our earlier lengthy weekend in Jersey with out the ladies got here flooding again. St Helier is a perfect vacation spot for a metropolis break.
Right here’s the place to search out Jersey Central Market:
This gorgeous seashore is on the North West tip of Jersey and was one other tip from locals staying on our campsite. It was so helpful pitching subsequent to them as this ended up being certainly one of our favorite locations to go to in Jersey.
Apparently Plémont Seashore very fashionable in Victorian occasions when vacationers got here for the caves, swimming direct from the seashore steps and choosing the samphire that grows right here.
The caves, rock swimming pools and turquoise waters stay an enormous draw as we speak.
We arrived two and a half hours after excessive tide and the water was simply beginning to retreat from the steps to disclose a golden shoreline.
The sheltered bay was preferrred for paddle boarding and the shallow slope of the seashore meant the water wasn’t too nippy, even in the beginning of June.
On the cliffs above, Plémont Seashore Cafe serves massive cold and warm meals to eat over wanting the bay or takeaway to eat on the sand.
That is the place you’ll additionally discover the seashore bogs.
It’s vital to bear in mind that the seashore is tidal. It might be simple to get struck on a rock or in a cave should you don’t regulate the rising tide.
There’s restricted parking on the street approaching the cafe and a bigger, free automotive park on the prime of the cliff. In the event you’ve obtained a big car stick with the highest automotive park.
Plémont Bay puffins
After our day on the seashore we puzzled again as much as the headland to search out these love birds overlooking the bay.
The willow and wire mesh puffins had been unveiled in 2022 to focus on the plight of this species.
A whole bunch of puffins used to flock to Jersey however predators consuming their eggs and folks disturbing their nests has decreased their numbers to simply 4 breeding pairs on the Island.
We didn’t spot these stunning birds throughout our go to. And I’m really fairly glad. I hope they had been busy quietly billing (that’s ‘puffin’ for nuzzling).
The place to search out the enormous puffins:
On our closing day on Jersey we determined to remain near our campsite and go to the closest village, picturesque Rozel. It’s a small port with boats neatly moored behind the harbour wall and enormous brightly colored seashore huts alongside the entrance.
The seashore was largely stoney with a slither of sand on the prime once we visited.
We popped into Rozel Pub for a light-weight lunch. There’s additionally the Hungry Man takeaway cafe on the harbour.
We walked to Rozel from our campsite however there may be parking alongside the harbour and slipway, in addition to a small automotive park set again from the entrance.
Extra issues to do in Jersey
In order that’s my spherical up of the locations we visited throughout our Jersey household vacation. In the event you’d like to search out extra concepts check out my information to our earlier weekend in Jersey. And should you’ve obtained your individual camper discover lout extra about visiting Jersey with a van.
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