Accommodation in St Peter Port area close to GCI
On Guernsey you will find many cheap hotels and other accommodation offering you good value bed and breakfast stays throughout the year. There are also many B&B’s in the towns and villages dotted around the island. Many of the islands older buildings, such as some attractive Regency homes in St Peter Port, have been converted into budget friendly properties offering good value.
Many of the establishments around the island are within a short walk of beaches, such as Cobo Beach, and have beach side terraces as well as their own swimming pools and free parking. You will also find some attractive and economical properties set in old farmhouses or country mansions, some dating back to the early 18th century. Many are set in their own large gardens and attractive parkland. Other hotels are perched on the top of cliffs, giving you breathtaking views across to the other Channel Islands.
Cheap Deals for Accommodation
As the island is so small and compact you will find that wherever you choose to stay it is within easy reach of Guernsey airport, whether you have your own transport or use one of the shuttle transport services.
The Island of Guernsey – Introduction
Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands after Jersey; although close to the French coast it is an independent possession of the British Crown. The island has had a varied history since it was part of the Duchy of Normandy. During the Middle Ages it was a haven for pirates, who used the deep waters at St Peter Port, the island’s capital.
In the 19th century the island’s wealth grew rapidly through maritime trade and its stone industry. Guernsey was occupied by German troops during the Second World War and many defences can still be seen.
The island is small, being approximately 4 miles wide and 5 miles long, meaning nowhere is more than a short drive from the airport or ferry terminal, through which the island’s visitors arrive. Tourism is now one of the island’s main industries, being well suited to this with its mild winters and dry sunny summers.
If you choose to hire a car on arrival you will find that driving is pleasurable on the island with its low speed limits and plentiful parking. There is a regular bus link between the airport and the main towns of St Peter Port and St Sampson and many hotels run their own shuttle bus service.
While staying here you have plenty of things to do
Whether you like beautiful scenery, relaxing on the beach, or exploring history, you will find plenty to do on this interesting island. You could start your visit with a trip to the capital St Peter Port and stroll around the marinas. Then pay a visit to the battlemented Castle Cornet at the end of the breakwater; a castle has been here since the 13th century.
Be careful if you are near the castle at noon as the cannon is fired daily! Visits can be made to some of the island’s fortifications such as Fort Hommet Gun Casemate, operational throughout the war. This has been restored to its wartime conditions with interpretive displays.
The German Military Underground Hospital is also an atmospheric place to visit, the tunnels were created out of solid rock by a slave force and used as both a hospital for German troops and an ammunition store.
When you have finished exploring head for one of Guernsey’s twenty seven white, sandy beaches or take a long invigorating walk over the rugged cliffs to the south, looking out for the many sea birds that make their home here.
Hotel or B&B room in St Peter Port – the Capital City
Numerious accommodations can be found in the city of St Peter Port, within easy driving distance of the airport terminal.
Stay overnight on the seafront with views over the Albert Marina to Castle Cornet and the surrounding islands of Herm and Sark. Guests can take a ferry from the harbour to the picturesque islands which surrounds the capital.
Many properties are family run, and full English breakfasts are served each day.
Guernsey International Airport on the Channel Islands
Name : Guernsey Airport
Location : the terminal is situated in The Forest parish, west southwest of St. Peter Port city centre.
Another primary airport on the Channel Islands is Jersey Airport (JER), located on the island of Jersey. It serves as the gateway to the town of St Helier. Another option to reach the island is by ferry boat. Ferries services are provided year round from Portsmouth, and high speed catamarans from the port of Weymouth and from the coastal town and seaport of Poole as well.
Address : La Villiaze, Guernsey GY8 0DS, Channel Islands, Guernsey
Terminals : one passenger terminal.
Taxis are available from the Airport forecourt, but pre-reservations are recommended. Island Taxis – Tel: +44 (0) 1481 700500.
HCT operates a frequent bus service from the terminal building to destinations all over the island.
GCI airport is located off the Southern end of La Villiaze Forrest Road, approximately 4 miles from St Peter Port, which is the capital city of the island.
Postcode District : GY8 0DS
Region : Bailiwick of Guernsey in the English Channel
Island : Guernsey
Tel. : +44 1481 237766
Nearest Hotels : in the towns and villages of St Saviour, St Peter Port, St Martin, Kings Mills, Castel, Vale, Herm, Sark and Grandes Rocques.
Some attractions and sights within easy reach
The Little Chapel (Les Vauxbelets, GY6 8XY): small chapel covered in broken ceramics from Wedgwood. Beautiful inside as well as outside. A must see on the island of Guernsey.
German Military Underground Hospital (La Vassalerie, Channel Islands): historical attraction. It’s the largest remaining structure from the Occupation in the Channel Islands. The complex was constructed by slave laborers.
Sausmarez Manor (Sausmarez Road, St Martins GY4 6SG): historic house in Saint Martin’s. It’s still the seat of the seigneurs de Sausmarez since C1205. Take a tour of the house with a most informative guide and learn more about the history of the manor and the family.
The Guernsey Tapestry (St James, College Street, St Peter Port GY1 2NZ): The Guernsey Tapestry tells the story of Guernsey between the years 1000 and 2000 across 10 hand stitched panels. Well worth a visit whether you are interested in needlework or not.