Jersey is only at half an hour distance in flight from London and there are several flights that fly to the island each day. Flights also depart from other regional airports of the UK and reached the island of Jersey within few hours. Therefore, the place is ideal for weekend trips. There are undoubtedly so many things to see in Jersey that it is hard to cover all of them in a weekend.
Few spots that should be there in your travel itineraries include:
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
130 endangered species are conserved in 32 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. The animals are provided natural habitat to save the endangered animals from extinction. The visit to the island will remain in-complete if you missed out the sanctuary. It is the home for 1400 mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Your family will be enthralled to see Sumatran orangutans, Western Lowland gorilla, Brazilian black lion, Madagascan gentle lemur community and silvery marmosets in an open forest.
The woodland was founded 50 years ago by Gerald Durrell, is voted as the best spot on the island.
Judith Queree’s Garden
Located in the side of a valley in the rural district of St Ouen, there areover 2500 plants in Judith Queree’s garden. Judith, the gardener can take you on a tour of the award winning garden and show you some of the rare plants. An elevated wooden board walk will allow you to witness large bog garden filled with Iris, Primula and many interesting varieties of plants.
Jersey Museum and Art Gallery
The museum preserves the history from 250,000 years ago when the people first arrived in Jersey. Through the centuries numerous factors have shaped the unique island and the inhabitants of the island. You can learn about the traditional farming industry, witness fascinating footage of early years of tourism and influence of countries on the island. In the Art Gallery you can find the masterpieces of Claude Cahun, a leading artist of the Surrealist movement.
The largest and amazing shell garden is located in the Jersey Island. There are three levels of the garden decorated with shell dolphins, sea horses, flowers, giant clams, mermaids and doves. The garden is truly unique and a fun to enjoy.
The shop and the showroom of Catherine Best, a renowned jewellery designer is in a Windmill. You can also get an opportunity to witness the exclusive collection of the designer and even purchase. There is also a wonderful restaurant in the windmill where you can indulge in a warm winter meal or open-air summer lunch.
Aqua splash is great for serious swimmers or those interested some leisurely activities in the pool. The leisure pool has wave machine, 2 flumes, snorkelling sessions, sauna, steam rooms, 1 tyre ride, boogie board, swimming lessons and crèche.
St Mathew’s Glass Church
Rene Lalique of Paris created the glass architecture including altar rail, cross, font and pillars. It is considered as one of the greatest achievements of the genius. The most striking feature about the church is the moulded white glass that is used by Lalique to make most of the furniture of the church. Woods and stone that are normally used are also present only to complement the glass.
Apart from these interesting locations, nature reigns throughout the island. Jersey is rightly called island of flowers. The climate, long hours of sunshine and rich soil all the factors make the place conducive for plants.
There are lot more exciting places to explore in Jersey. However, all of them cannot be covered in a weekend. Therefore, before you plan a weekend in Jersey, make a list of places that you want to visit. Information regarding places to visit is available online.
If you are reluctant about roaming the places and willing laid back holiday get accommodation in one of the luxurious hotels of the place. In the luxury stay-ins you can expect fascinating ambience and enjoy the scope for ultimate relaxation.
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