Saint Helier is the capital of Jersey. Treats visitors to an interesting blend of French and English influences, a lovely coastal landscape and a mild climate. The capital of Jersey is only 4.1 square-miles, and it includes both idyllic rural areas and urban amenities that make visitors feel quickly at home.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Jersey is from mid September to mid October. Sea temperatures are really good – they’re probably at their warmest.
Top Places to Visit in Saint Helier
There are a handful of memorable landmarks in the capital. One of the most noticeable is the obelisk on Broad Street, erected in honor of St. Helier’s most popular constable, Pierre Le Sueur, in 1855. All distances in Jersey are measured from Royal Square’s gleaming statue of George II, and Liberation Square centers around a sculpture of islanders raising a British flag. The sculpture was created in 1995 to commemorate the island’s liberation from the Nazis in 1945.
2. Central Market
Tourists and locals alike find much to enjoy at the Central Market. First opened in 1882, the indoor market is filled with fresh produce and flowers, and much of its charm comes from its ornamental fountains and Victorian architecture.
3. Harbor’s Maritime Museum
St. Helier Harbor’s Maritime Museum reveals the island’s history of seafaring through interactive exhibits. Visitors learn how to design ships, feel the full force of a gale and immerse themselves in the stories and songs of the sea as they learn about Jersey’s legends and myths. The museum also includes the award-winning Occupation Tapestry, a twelve-paneled tapestry made by locals to tell the story of life there during World War II.
4. La Hougue Bie
La Hougue Bie is one of the finest passage graves in Europe. The prehistoric mound is topped with a medieval chapel, creating a spiritual and tranquil atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Visitors can actually walk into the passage grave’s chamber and discover the place of worship’s heart. The on-site Geology and Archaeology Museum is a treasure trove of axes, coin hoards, spears and swords, and the nearby command bunker is home to a memorial to the islands’ slave workers during the Second World War.
5. Mont Orgueil Castle
For over 600 years, Mont Orgueil Castle protected the island against French invasion. The network of secret rooms, staircases and towers leads to many hidden treasures, including holographic portraits, life-size wooden soldiers and dark cellars filled with witchcraft exhibits.