48 Hours In Jersey – How To Get The Best From Your Trip

48 Hours In Jersey – How To Get The Best From Your Trip


Jersey is a fantastic choice for a mini break or longer stay. With 48 hours in Jersey, we will show you how to get the best from your trip. It’s often described as the sunniest place in the British Isles, although it’s actually a country in it’s own right. The largest of the Channel Islands, it has some fantastic beaches, walking trails and an intriguing mix of British and French culture.

48 HOURS IN JERSEY – DAY 1

I recommend that you start your exploration of the island in the capital, St Helier. There are quite a few pedestrianized streets in the city centre, making it a great place for an afternoon stroll or spot of shopping.

St Helier pedestrianised street
Take time to admire the many statues, including the Jersey cows. Hopefully you will see some of the real ones in the countryside.

Jersey statues
This statue by Philip Jackson in Liberation Square of a group holding the Union Flag symbolizes the liberation of the island from wartime occupation.

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There is a regular French market in Weighbridge Square, perfect for picnics.

St Helier French Market
The fish market is also worth a visit, it’s currently being renovated, but you can still wander around and buy some local produce.
Jersey Fish Market
A short walk or cab ride from the centre, The Mansell Collection was created by renowned racing driver Nigel Mansell, who lives on the island. Housed in a beautiful art deco building, it’s an impressive collection of sporting memorabilia. 

Mansell Collection
The former Formula 1 and Indy Car World Series winner had it written into his contract that he could keep all the helmets and trophies from his races. He provides the commentary for the audio-guide, and it’s a fascinating insight into his life not only as a race car driver, but also a talented golfer and reserve police officer – the man obviously has bags of energy!
The Mansell Collection Jersey
This Beechdean Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S is a Le Mans prototype race car, co-driven with his sons Greg and Leo in certain Le Mans events and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Leo & Greg Mansell

48 HOURS IN JERSEY – DINING

For Michelin starred dining in a relaxed atmosphere in St Helier, I recommend Bohemia and OrmerFor casual dining, Banjo’s and Mark Jordan on the Beach are safe bets.

Banjo St Helier

THE GARDENS OF SAMARES MANOR

Samares Manor is a must-see – it has the most spectacular herb garden in the United Kingdom, which you can view from a raised platform.

Samares Manor
The rock and water gardens are particularly stunning too, in fact there are several lakes in the grounds.

Samares Manor Jersey
Created in the 1920s by a prosperous ship owner, Sir James Knott, the gardens are open every day from April to mid October.

Samares Manor Jersey
The camellia plantations were in full bloom when we visited.

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If you’d like to see an overview from the viewing platform and an exploration of the willow labyrinth, check out the video below as we get lost in the maze (mute the sound if you wish). It’s our first GoPro filming attempt – any tips on how to best film with one would be very welcome.

There’s a lovely Garden Cafe for salads, sandwiches and a naughty but nice chocolate tiramisu cake.

Samares Manor cafe

48 HOURS IN JERSEY – DAY 2

Mont Orgueil Castle has a striking location overlooking the harbour of Gorey. For over 600 years, it protected Jersey against invasion, later becoming a prison and today it’s a tourist attraction maintained by the Jersey Heritage Trust.

Mont Orgueil Castle
Gorey derives its name from Gorroic in 1180 and Gorryk in 1274, as you can see from this boulder on the picturesque walk up to the castle.

Mont Orgueil Jersey
The view from the top over the harbour is well worth the effort. There are quite a few dining options in Gorey, including the Crab Shack, which has views of the harbour and the castle.

48 Hours In Jersey - How To Get The Best From Your Trip

LA MARE WINE ESTATE

One of the most idyllic places to visit on the island has to be La Mare Wine Estate. We sampled the wines, chocolates and other delicacies produced here. Our guide talked us expertly through the wine-making process, as well as the distilling of Jersey Apple Brandy, matured for a minimum of four years.

La Mare vineyard
Whilst you are there, have a go at tipple dipping, where you try to get the water into the glass without spilling it, and you may get wet in the process!

La Mare vineyard
We tasted three of La Mare’s wines, starting with a refreshing Sainte Marie white. This is a medium dry white wine, made from Orion and Seyval Blanc grapes, and we particularly enjoyed its aromas of citrus and herbs. We then tried the intriguing Perquage, a rose wine made using the Saignee method of “bleeding” a little red juice from a red wine ferment, then blending with white grape juice. I can see this working really well for barbecues and picnics. Finally, the red Bailiwick, my personal favourite, with a long finish and soft red fruit accents. It’s a subtle combination of Pinot Noir, Rondo and Regent grape varieties.

La Mer wines
The vines themselves make a lovely setting for a walk and a bride was having her wedding photos taken whilst we were there. Set over 25 acres, the vineyard was established in 1972.

La Mare vine
You might well come across a chicken or rooster enjoying the sunshine.

La Mare winery
There’s a great shop where you can get some souvenirs to take home. We couldn’t resist some of the estate’s handmade chocolates and don’t forget to try the famous black butter, which isn’t actually a butter but a conserve that goes well with cheese, cold meats, ice cream and apple pies – pretty versatile then! The latest addition to the vineyard’s products are Royal Gin and Royal Vodka, made from the famous Jersey Royal potatoes.

Jersey Black Butter
You can eat on the terrace vineyards if the weather is nice, and there’s also a large restaurant area with a private dining room that the manager, Tim, kindly showed us.

La Mare cafe

ST BRELADE’S BAY

Jersey is blessed with a multitude of sandy beaches. One of the nicest is St. Brelade, which is very sheltered yet which offers all sorts of water sport activities: banana boat rides, canoeing and kayaking.

St Brelades Bay
There’s a little Fisherman’s Chapel where you can see the perquage, a path from the chapel to the sea. You’ll notice that was the name of the red wine from La Mare Wine Estate. Ancient laws allowed a criminal to seek sanctuary in the chapel for eight days. On the ninth day, they had to surrender or walk down the path to board a boat, which would take them to permanent exile from the island.

St Brelades Bay Jersey
There are a number of Conway towers dotted around Jersey, often mistaken for Martello towers, they are earlier, taller than those and built from local granite. There is a whole stretch of casual cafes and stylish restaurants such as Oyster Box along St Brelade’s Beach.

Conway tower

48 HOURS IN JERSEY – WHERE TO STAY

The Atlantic Hotel is a great base, with the most amazing views over the coast. Alternatively, Longueville Manor is a Relais & Chateaux property and a 10 minute cab ride from St Helier.

GETTING THERE

There are regular flights to Jersey from a range of airports and you can even take some of the famous Jersey Royal potatoes back with you, there’s an honesty box at the airport! We were invited to try the Blue Islands service from London City Airport, which was incredibly quick and easy, with a dedicated passenger lounge at Jersey airport serving up refreshments.

GETTING AROUND

It’s best to take a cab or to hire a car, as public transport is quite infrequent. The added advantage of taking a cab is that the taxi drivers are a real mine of knowledge about the island.

FURTHER READING – 48 HOURS IN JERSEY

Check out our guide to the top 10 things to do in Jersey for more tips.

Have you been to Jersey? Do you have any tips for visitors?

Jersey Airport potatoes

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  • Swati Sharma

    thats such an amazing post with great pictures….

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  • Love these pictures!
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  • Angie SilverSpoon

    It’s such a relaxed and calm place! I last visited when I was 11 and we went to candle-making place and a tomato museum! I think if I go back I’ll follow you tips and go to a wine estate ;)! Video is looking great!

    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

    • There’s only one wine estate so it’s easy to find. Glad you liked the video, we didn’t really get lost, would have been quite hard to do there 😉

  • Jersey is definitely on my travel list! The photos are great.

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  • Jersey seems like a great city! I will make it out there one day! 🙂

    Tina
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    • Fingers crossed that you do Tina, and thanks for stopping by – love your style inspiration

  • I definitely wouldn’t miss the Garden Café and La Mare Wine Estate. Jersey looks lovely.

    • We struck lucky with the weather so really made the most of the Garden Cafe and the Wine Estate, felt sad to leave!

  • Wow what a great city guide

    xo

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    • Thanks very much Laura, I’m very glad that you enjoyed it

  • I love the photo of you and the flowers! So gorgeous! Jersey looks like a lovely place to visit, hadn’t really thought of it before.

    Ash | Liakada

    • I was actually throwing some petals up in the air, there were quite a few that had fallen on the ground. Jersey is great for a short break

  • Mehreen A

    I love your travel posts! Just back from a holiday and itching to book another one – definitely leaning towards a weekend in Jersey 🙂

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    • That’s very kind Mehreen, if you make it to Jersey, do contact Melissa for tips

  • Jersey Girl

    Aww, great memories of such a lovely day out, I could quite happily visit La Mare every weekend! So glad you enjoyed your trip here, and managed to squeeze so much in! See you in a few weeks! 🙂 x Jersey Girl x

    • We had a lovely time didn’t we, can’t wait to catch up! Hope you like HH

      • Jersey Girl

        I’m sure I will! Booked my flights today, can’t wait! x

  • Paola

    Perfect guide, I would like to visit this city!!! These gardens are a Paradise!!!!
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    • Thanks so much Paola, and you are right about those gardens – they were a real paradise

  • So many cools sites to see! Thanks for sharing, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • And we did all of that in a weekend, feeling tired just looking at the list!

  • Wow so many beautiful sites to visit!

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  • K.

    You always choose the most amazing restaurants and places to visit. I am so in love with everything about jersey. And the photos? Beautiful. I wish I was there.

    Kia / The House of KTS
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    • I’m very lucky, and we were quite blessed with the weather that weekend. Definitely worth a visit, Kia

  • The ‘rock and water’ gardens look utterly fantastic, that is definitely something I would go out of my way to see if I ever visit Jersey. Your dining suggestions are great too.. and a big thank you for sharing that huge slice of cake on your blog! haha 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Yes that slice of cake didn’t last long! Never had a tiramisu one before

  • Jersey looks like quite the delightful island to visit! Fresh crab? Mmmm. Janice loved the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – set in the nearby island of Guernsey. It sounds similar to Jersey??

    • I didn’t know that book but I love the title, sounds like a sequel of the Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency! Haven’t yet been to Guernsey but I’m told that it’s equally stunning with lots of gardens

  • I know Guernsey so well, but I’m yet to visit Jersey properly (I popped over for a day from Guernsey once but just to visit the zoo!). I love the history and landscape of the Channel Islands. This is definitely another post of yours for the back pocket. Thanks Suze!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • The zoo sounded really interesting, I know it was created by Gerald Durrell to help save species, we didn’t get time to visit though

  • Alis are u?

    I really like it!

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  • Looks very lovely, such an underrated travel destination!

    • Jersey definitely should be better known as a travel destination, it’s so easy to get to and with lots to see

  • Absolutely amazing post! Fully loaded as well. 🙂 I’ve not properly spent much time in Jersey just passing through mostly. <3 Thanks for sharing. /Madison
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    • Thanks very much Madison, hope you get to spend more time there in the future

  • Beauty Follower

    Good morning!

    I did not knew how many things you can see and done in Jersey… nice post dear 🙂

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    • Surprising isn’t it, how much there is to see in quite a small island!

  • Totally bookmarking this for when I eventually make it to Jersey!

  • Fantastic guide Suze! I’m hoping to go on a trip here with family next year so this is really handy. Looks really beautiful and love that it’s not too far away!

    • I’m very glad you liked it, you’ll have a lovely time with no jet lag and lots of lovely food!

  • Gardens, bays, wine estates, and fine dining…what’s not to love about Jersey?! Would absolutely love to get here some day!:-)

    • It’s got it all wrapped up in one small package! Hope you do get to visit

  • Simply Zyndee

    LOVELY pictures! I’d love to visit these places some day. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jamie RS

    wow! this place looks amazing! would love to visit this place someday 🙂

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  • Lucy

    Beautiful review this makes me want to go again. Highlights definitely St Helier and the gardens. Just wonderful pictures Lucy x

  • Corinne Vail

    Oh, I so want to go. I almost took a ferry to Jersey last summer, but changed my mind. Now, after looking at your gorgeous photos, I’m trying to figure out how to get there.

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  • Rod Michael

    Jersey is such a gorgeous place to visit! If you have the chance you should pass through the Hamptons during your vacation in the Northeast. I always put it on my checklist to pass through the neighborhood because the homes are just jaw-dropping! To get a sense of the homes I would suggest visiting corcoran.com as the Hamptons homes on there are the ones that I would literally do anything to live in!

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  • Anne Cohen

    The photography is great! I would like to visit there sometime!

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