Victor Hugo Statue in Candie Gardens, Guernsey

History and culture

Although Guernsey is geographically closer to France, the Bailiwick has been loyal to the British Crown since the time of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy. English is now the predominant language, but Guernsey still has its own dialect, Guernesiais, and maintains its own distinct and unique culture. Local folklore focused on the Island’s ancient past and occupation by Nazi forces during Second World War is reflected in the Island’s many heritage sites.

Guernsey was famously the island home of writer Victor Hugo, who began, completed or published the majority of the works for which he is best known while living here, notably ‘Les Misérables’ (1862), ‘Les Travailleurs de la mer’ (1866), et ‘L’Homme qui rit’ (1869). Hugo himself described the Channel Islands as “fragments of France which fell into the sea and were gathered up by England”.