As the idyllic channel island of Jersey’s capital, St. Helier exudes an air of vivacious vibrancy that is further enhanced by its stunning seaside situation. A thriving cultural scene is suffused by a sublime selection of sophisticated shops, refined restaurants and lively markets, creating a delightful holiday destination. Wander the rugged coastline to discover historic monuments; delve into the island’s history and culture in a revered museum; or feast upon seafood specialities upon the sparkling seafront. St. Helier’s is a warm and welcoming place that is sure to enamour visitors from the moment they step off the ferry.
Gazing solemnly out to sea from its precarious perch upon a rocky islet is Elizabeth Castle, a defensive monument that has become one of the city’s symbols. The castle, whose origin dates back to the 16th century, boasts panoramic vistas of St. Aubin’s Bay, in addition to a small chapel whose patron saint is whom the city derives its name from.
St. Helier boasts an excellent selection of museums that demand the attention of cultural connoisseurs. Begin with the Occupation Tapestry Gallery, a small space which contains 12 panels detailing aspects of life during the German occupation in 1940. The collection is hailed as one of the island’s most significant artistic treasures.
In the majestic Maritime Museum, interactive and intriguing displays document the importance of the sea and sailing in relation to St. Helier cultural and historic heritage; excellent collections of multi-media exhibits speak eloquently of the island’s 8000 year long relationship with the sea.
Boasting 4 Michelin starred restaurants, Jersey is an epicurean’s dream. One of the city’s most captivating and critically acclaimed restaurants is Ormer, a sophisticated eatery that specialises in creative innovation and culinary luxury. The seasonally changing menu is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate with its expertly crafted signature specialities. (St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands JE2 4TQ , UK)