Planning a Trip to the Isle of Jersey
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Guide in Jersey:
Poingdestre Family History Specialist and Official Jersey Blue Badge tour guide, Sue Hardy. Sue is familiar with things to see related to
the Poingdestre family in Jersey, in addition to Jersey's history.
She is a professional tour
and may be available for hire to take you right to where all the family
history is. She can make arrangements for access to Swan Farm, the home where immigrant George grew up.
Her address is
The Old Coach House, Oxenford, St. Lawrence,
Jersey, JE3 1FJ. Sue's phone number from the U.S. is 011-44-1534-863-676.
Send an email to Sue.
How much time do I need in Jersey?
Sue Hardy can show you everything
in six days,
castles, manor houses, museums, churches and more. And that's a great
way to see Jersey on your first trip, but you will not get a lot of time to relax during
the day. Plan an extra day or two if you can to shop, eat at local restaurants and relax in the motherland of your ancestors. If you only have a day, add a day before and day after for travel to Jersey from London's Gatwick airport. Sue Hardy can get you to a few prime locations in one day. But don't expect to go away knowing Jersey.
On subsequent trips and
on your own, six days will get you to about half has many places,
if you are like me (the webmaster). I have been to Jersey five times (1998, 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2013). Each time we meet up with Sue for walking tours
she was giving. Where Sue got us through Gorey Castle in
about two hours during the PDA tour in 1998, it took me a
trip in 1999.
I took it
slower and absorbed more of it.
What you need to know to travel to Jersey
Passports and Visas:
U.S. citizens do need a US
passport to enter the UK or Jersey.
Visas are not usually needed to visit Jersey for a short time, such as a few days or weeks. If you are staying in Jersey, the other islands, UK and the Republic of Ireland longer or for reasons other than visiting, vacationing, etc., visit the Jersey government web site for more information and take the short quiz at the UK Border Agency web site.
Getting to Jersey:
You need to fly to London or other European cities because you can't fly to Jersey directly from the United States. Check with Jersey Tourism's page "Getting to Jersey".
Flying to London and to Jersey on the same day makes a long day and you may suffer from the time change, jet lag. Try staying in a hotel in in or around London, taking a short nap before going to dinner followed by some days to vist what London has to offer. This helps some people to reset their internal clocks. Spending some time in England is easy with good trains, buses and the Underground to take you just about anywhere in England. Contact PDA member Nigel Poingdextre Eyres and his uncle Ray Poingdestre before traveling for help in planning your visit to England or Scotland.
From London Gatwick airport you can fly to Jersey (about one hour flight time) or take a ferry from a southern coast city. You can also ferry to Jersey from St. Malo, Brittany, France, which I did once. I usually fly from Chicago to London Heathrow. After spending some time exploring England, I return to London and take the Gatwick Express train from Victoria Station to Gatwick airport. Most if not all flights from London to Jersey are via Gatwick.
When you arrive in London, you pass through passport control, immigration and customs. Be sure to retrieve your checked bagage before passing through customs as they will not be automatically forwarded to your domestic flight to Jersey. You have to have all your luggage with you when passing through Customs.
Links to several hotel and
holiday (vacation) web sites for Jersey. Also, links to news media, Jersey government,
history, weather, web cams and more. Jersey has luxury hotels, quaint
guest houses in historic buildings and B&Bs. I find the Jersey Tourism web site very helpful.
The PDA's most recent tour group in 2013 stayed at the Mayfair Hotel which was a short walk to St. Helier's downtown. It's a larger hotel with breakfast and dinner available, a bar, lounge area, self service laundry and more. The Mayfair caters to small and large tour groups.
No matter your needs, rural or town, on the water of away from the hub bub, there are many hotels and guest houses available.
Once in Jersey, you can hire (rent) a car and learn how to drive on the left down narrow lanes. Make sure the B&B or hotel you are staying in has parking available. There is also bus service on parts of the island. Your hotel hosts can advise you on the best way to get around and most will arange for the car hire at special negotiated prices. Most rentals have standard shift transmissions. If you need an automatic, be sure to order it ahead of time. Remember, in Jersey you drive on the left, as in England.
Disabled Access in Jersey:
A page on the Jersey government's web site suggests accommadations, tourist attractions, pubs and restaurants, etc. with comments on how accesible they are.
General information about Jersey
Maps of Jersey:
Our links to geographical and historical
and more Jersey:
Some additional links about Jersey.