Jersey Travel Guide

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Quick Facts
Capital Saint Helier
Government British crown dependency
Currency British pound (GBP) or Jersey pound
Area 116 sq km
Population 89,775 (July 2002 est.)
Language English (official), French (official), Jèrriais spoken in country districts
Religion Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Congregational New Church, Methodist, Presbyterian
Electricity 230V/50Hz (UK plug)
Country code +44-1534
Internet TLD .je
Time Zone UTC

The Bailiwick of Jersey is a self-governing British crown dependency and is not administered by the United Kingdom. The Channel Islands are the last remnants of the Dukedom of Normandy and are considered a separate jurisdiction to the United Kingdom.

The island of Jersey [1] is the largest and southernmost of the British Channel Islands. It lies in the English Channel, northwest of France.

This beautiful island is famous for the Jersey Cow, Lilly Langtry and the Bergerac TV series during the eighties.

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Cities[edit]

Other settlements within the parishes[edit]

  • Gorey - this is an area which straddles the parishes of Grouville and St Martin
  • Saint Aubin - this is an area within the parish of Saint Brelade, otherwise the island would have 13 Parishes!

Other destinations[edit]

  • Les Ecrehous - uninhabited islet, there are however, a few buildings which act as holiday homes.
  • Les Minquiers ("The Minkies") - uninhabited islet.

Understand[edit]

High earnings, zero inheritance tax rates and a mild climate make the island a popular offshore finance centre. Tourism, financial services and agriculture, particularly dairying, are the mainstays of the economy. Produce includes potatoes (Jersey Royals), cauliflower, tomatoes, flowers, beef and dairy products as well as light industrial and electrical goods, and textiles.

History[edit]

The island of Jersey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy that held sway in both France and England. These islands were the only British soil occupied by German troops in World War II.

  • Jersey War Tunnels (Jersey War Tunnels), Les Charrieres Malorey, St Lawrence, Jersey, JE3 1FU (Head west from St Helier taking the inner main road. From Bel Royal the attraction is well signposted. Bus No. 8a), 01534 860808, [2]. 10:00 - 18:00. Formerly known as the German Underground Hospital, the tunnels were built during the Second World War, and now is an interesting tourist attraction. Cut deeply into rising hills, the site is now a museum telling the story of Jersey, which, along with the other Channel Islands, was the only part of Britain to be occupied by Germany during the war. £10.50.  edit

Geography[edit]

Temperate, with mild winters and cool summers. Gently rolling plain with low, rugged hills along north coast.

Get in[edit]

Jersey is not part of the European Union, European Economic Area or Schengen Area. However, Jersey is part of the European Union Customs Union, meaning that there is free movement of goods and trade between the island and the EU.

In addition, Jersey is part of the Common Travel Area, meaning that there are no passport controls for those coming from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man or the other Channel Islands. However, the airline and ferry companies usually request some form of photo ID.

By plane[edit]

Jersey Airport (IATA: JER) (ICAO: EGJJ) [3] - in the parish of St. Peter. Air France, Flybe, British Airways, and Aurigny Airlines offer regular flights from London (Gatwick, Stansted and Luton) and other airports of Great Britain. Aer Lingus offers regular flights from Dublin, Ireland. There are also regular flights to Switzerland and the Netherlands (provided by local airline Blueislands) and seasonal flights from Dusseldorf with Air Berlin.

By boat[edit]

To/from Guernsey.

From Great Britain and France, try Condor Ferries.Jersey.com

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Despite its small size, Jersey has over 350 linear miles (563 kms) of paved road on which to explore this beautiful Island.

Traffic in Jersey moves on the left side of the road, as in the United Kingdom. Take precautions as many of the roads are quite narrow and twist and turn between the fields and farms. The maximum speed limit throughout the entire island is 40 mph/64 km/h.

Car hire in Jersey is easily arranged and very good value. Visitors must hold a valid driving licence with no endorsements for dangerous or drunken driving in the last 5 years. You must be aged 21 and over. Some restrictions may be imposed by the hire company's insurance agent in respect of the upper age limit.

By bus[edit]

The 2 major bus routes on the island are the 1 and the 15. The one goes to the east of the island and the 15 goes to the west. During the day these run approximately every 20 mins. They get less frequent in the evening and stop running at about 11:30. The rest of the routes will not run so frequently, but are a must if you want to explore some of the island's better attractions and do not have access to a car. Timetables [4] for the buses change seasonally and can be obtained from the bus station near town. All buses will go to and from this bus station. Note that if you are not going to or from town, you will probably need to get 2 buses and timing this can be difficult.

How much you pay is dependent on how far you travel, with the maximum fare being £1.70. Students with a valid NUS card should be able to get travel for 60p as should those under 16. The "This is Jersey" website will contain more information as well as up to date timetables.

By taxi[edit]

Taxi ranks can be found at the airport and St Helier. Different tariffs are applied for day and night hire and on public holidays. Extra charges are made for waiting time and luggage not carried in the passenger compartment. Tariffs are subject to change.

There are two types of taxis in the Island, Controlled (Public Rank Taxis) and Restricted (Private Hire Cabs). The main difference between Public Rank Taxis and Private Hire Cabs, is that the fare structures of the Controlled taxis are set by the States of Jersey, and are in some instances as much as 30% cheaper than that charged by Private Hire companies, which dictate their own fare structures, which vary from one company to another. Public Rank Taxis have a yellow roof sign and yellow license plate on the rear of the vehicle, and have their Taximeters sealed by the authorities, whilst Restricted cabs will have a white license plate on the rear of the vehicle, and white roof sign normally showing the company name and telephone number and the words 'restricted'. Most restricted cabs have Taximeters installed, but are not obliged to by law.

Rank Taxis[edit]

Rank taxi drivers take passengers from the taxi rank to their destination, but will take return bookings, and telephone bookings. Taxi ranks are adjacent to the arrivals building at the airport and just outside the arrivals buildings at the Albert Pier and at the Elizabeth terminal, both in the port of St. Helier. Taxi ranks can also be found at various locations throughout St Helier, namely at Library Place, Snow Hill, and The Weigh bridge (Liberation Square), as well as a night time rank out side La Cala night club, in Beresford Street. There are four fixed tariff rates depending on the time and day that the taxi is required. Public holidays are charged in accordance with the third and fourth tariff, according to the time that the taxi is required. These rates are updated on an annual basis, and a tariff card is displayed in every Public Rank Taxi.

Restricted Cabs[edit]

Cabs provide door to door pick up. Public holidays are charged in accordance with the middle tariff. These rates are updated on an annual basis.

It is advisable to always ask the taxi driver for a receipt in case of any complaints or queries you may have on a taxi fare as it can only be dealt with if a receipt exists. Complaints should be addressed to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Department,(DVS).

Talk[edit]

English is the predominant official and majority everyday language. French is also an official language, although its common use is for formalities in the local parliament. Jèrriais, a variety of the Norman language, is spoken by around 2,600 people on the island, mostly in country districts. Portuguese is spoken by around 5% of the population.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The economy is based largely on international financial services, agriculture, and tourism. Potatoes (Jersey Royals) , cauliflower, tomatoes, and especially flowers are important export crops, shipped mostly to the UK. The Jersey breed of dairy cattle is known worldwide and represents an important export income earner. Milk products go to the UK and other EU countries. In 1996 the finance sector accounted for about 60% of the island's output. Tourism, another mainstay of the economy, accounts for 24% of GDP. In recent years, the government has encouraged light industry to locate in Jersey, with the result that an electronics industry has developed alongside the traditional manufacturing of knitwear. All raw material and energy requirements are imported, as well as a large share of Jersey's food needs.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Jersey has an abundance of excellent restaurants [5] covering most tastes. There are now three Michelin-starred restaurants (Bohemia, the Atlantic and Tassilli) in the island.

There are many French, Italian and Portuguese style restaurants. Chinese, Indian and Thai are well represented too. Only one each of Greek and Sushi and one Mexican, located in Colomberie or Iranian though. There are a few B.Y.O. restaurants (example the Dicq Shack). Fast food chains, such as McDonalds are in town, although there is only 1 McDonalds and 1 Starbucks..located at the Airport.

There are occasionally themed "food weeks" celebrating the different cultures in the Island. Every October (for a little over a month) there is a Tennerfest [6] where you can explore many of the world-class restaurants.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The minimum age for drinking alcohol is 18 years. For such a small place there are a lot of bars and quite a few different clubs. Despite duty on alcohol being lower than the U.K. most popular bars set their prices close to what you'd expect in London. Normal pub closing time is 11PM and most clubs have to be closed by 2AM (there is no "drinking-up-time"). There are a few bars with alfresco areas including one with a view over the bay toward Elizabeth castle. Most of the working-men's pubs became trendy wine bars in the early nineties so there's not much chance of finding a pool table in town. There are two bars which sell Absinthe.

There is quite a good music scene, in part due to licensing regulations which allow some bars to stay open till 1AM if they have live entertainment. The bars with a late licence never have a cover charge but all the clubs do.

The main town of St. Helier is compact enough that you can wander from pub to pub and club to club quite easily.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Jersey may only measure nine miles by five but it's home to an amazing range of places to stay that suits all tastes.

More details can be found on Jersey.com. There are four camp sites, including one in St. Brelade near the west coast.

  • Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Rue de l'Etau, St. Helier, +44 1534 671 100, [7]. Situated along the popular waterfront promenade, it is just a short walk from the majestic cliffs, unspoilt beaches and lush landscapes that define Jersey.  edit
  • Rocque-berg View Guesthouse, Rue de Samares, St Clements, JE2 6LS, +44 1534 852642, [8]. Friendly non smoking guest house, quietly but conveniently located near Green Island beach, two miles from St. Helier.  edit

Learn[edit]

Jersey does not have any universities, although there is a college, called Highlands, which offers a very limited selection of university level degrees.

Work[edit]

Employment in Jersey is subject to strict regulations. The basic principle, enshrined in the 1973 Regulation of Undertakings Act, is that anyone offering employment is required to have a license to employ those who are not qualified to live on Jersey under the various Housing Acts. Those who come to the Island have to be resident for five years before they are regarded as qualified to apply for unlicensed vacancies.

The way that this has been interpreted has varied over the years: for many years it was relatively easy for businesses to get licenses. At the moment, it is far more difficult.

This does not mean that there are no available vacancies, but it means that the Jersey job market is rather unusual. Those who have specialised essential skills (particularly in medicine) will find vacancies, and some of the offshore finance companies have block licences which they will use to bring in specialist or senior staff. At the bottom end of the market there are still some seasonal vacancies for waiters and bar staff (although the States, Jersey's government, are increasingly pushing the tourism industry to use local staff). In between there is very little.

The five year rule also applies to anyone who wishes to set up a business outside the finance sector, unless thay can prove that the business does not duplicate an existing business.

Stay safe[edit]

Jersey law derives from Norman customary law, now supplemented by English law and local statute. Law of England and Wales does not automatically apply in Jersey, unless adopted by the parliament, the States of Jersey. Most things are the same as in English law, with the exception of some laws about marriage and divorce. Attitudes towards homosexuality tend to be very similar to those you would find in Great Britain.

Stay healthy[edit]

There is a hospital in St Helier which will be able to deal with most regular injuries. For specialist treatment it is often necessary for patients to be taken to Great Britain.

It is also worth noting that going to the doctors in Jersey will cost you money, normally around £40 a time. This can vary considerably, as it is up to the doctors surgery to set the price.

Jersey is not covered by the British NHS, however, most emergency treatment is free.

Respect[edit]

Some people from Jersey refer to themselves as British (which is quasi-accurate). Some people refer to themselves as Normanic, or some even French! People from Jersey are not English (in the same way the Welsh are the Welsh, the Scottish are the Scottish and the Northern Irish are the Northern Irish). The correct/official way of describing persons from Jersey are 'Jerseymen' and 'Jerseywomen'. Calling them anything else may offend unless you are on good terms.

As a general rule, people from Jersey are very pro-Europe (despite not being a part of the 'European Union') and would describe themselves as being more a part of Europe than Great Britain is, on the basis of geography and French cultures.

However, people from Great Britain rarely refer themselves as European.

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