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Jersey Tourist Information

Jersey is part of the Channel Islands and it is situated in the English Channel south of England and just north of France.

Please click on the Jersey map below for more information about each Parish in Jersey.

Situated roughly 100 miles south of mainland Britain, Jersey is the most southerly island of the British Isles. It is actually much closer to France - just 14 miles from its coast, yet the official language is English.

Languages in Jersey

Jerriais, sometimes known as "Jersey French" or "Jersey Norman French" is the form of the Norman language spoken in Jersey, but only by around 3% of the population nowadays due to its decline over the past century. You can discover more about languages in Jersey on our Languages in Jersey page.

Jersey Currency

Jersey has its own coins and notes yet all trade is conducted in Pound Sterling, and English money can be freely used and debit and credit cards are widely accepted. This makes communicating and spending money in Jersey just like the UK! Find out more on our Currency in Jersey page.

Home to a population of around 87,186 residents, Jersey is just 9 miles by 5 miles in size, yet offers a huge amount of attractions and hosts a number of events to keep you entertained.

Great Outdoors

The miles and miles of beautiful coastline are particularly beautiful, featuring majestic cliffs, exposed bays, rocky coves and sandy beaches, all easily accessible by road or on foot. With glorious weather most of the time too it makes the scenery seem even better. See our Jersey Beaches page for details of the main beaches in Jersey.

Jersey Parishes

Jersey is split into twelve parishes, named after the saints to whom their ancient parish churches are dedicated. Our Jersey Tourist Information is divided into these Jersey parishes:
St Helier (the Island's capital), St Brelade, St Ouen, St Martin, St Mary, St John, Trinity, St Saviour, Grouville, St Clement, St Lawrence and St Peter.

Each Jersey Parish has its own crest, created to commemorate the Royal visit in 1921 of King George V and Queen Mary.

Travel Options

There are many ways to travel around these 12 parishes on Jersey including an excellant bus service, superb cycling and waking routes and a good road network. Jersey has over 350 linear miles of paved road so exploring the island by car is an ideal way of getting around You can even see the sights of the island by boat or get a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery that Jersey has to offer by helicopter. All of these options allow you to plan your travels around Jersey to experience the sights and sounds at your own pace. View our 'Getting Around' page for more detailled information about the travel options on Jersey.

Sights & Attractions

With a huge variety of historic tourist attractions, sights and leisure activities, such as a round of golf at one of the challenging golf courses, there is always something to do on a Jersey holiday. Read our Useful Information guide for vital information and key facts on Jersey.

Jersey became synonymous with knitting as all knitted articles became known as 'jerseys'. This term is still used today to describe knitted garments for the upper body. Island farmers no longer rear sheep for wool, however the traditional fisherman's jersey is still manufactured and makes an excellent and warm souvenir!

St Helier

The most popular parish and capital of Jersey, St Helier is a busy town with a population of over 28,000 and is the Island's main retail centre. St Helier offers a modern shopping experience, it features many high street stores found in the UK, yet still manages to maintain its character. Many of the old French street names can still be found whilst many shop fronts still display the names of their island founders. The result is a wonderful mix of old and new providing something for everyone.

There are a range of diverse activities available in St Helier. The Central Market which dates from 1882 offers fresh local produce, meats, fish and flowers, whilst there is the Jersey Museum, Island Fortress Occupation Museum, Occupation Tapestry and the award-winning Maritime Museum to name a few.