Guernsey is located in the Channel Islands. Although other islands make up the chain, Guernsey is the main island. The Islands were the only part of Britain to be occupied by the Germans during World War II. The island can only be reached by boat or plane. Besides soaking up the relaxing atmosphere and the beaches, visitors will find there is plenty to see and do in Guernsey as well as the other island. The pace of life tends to be laid back in the Channel Islands, although there is plenty of dining and accommodation options in the Islands.
Guernsey, is an island town that has shown itself capable of punching well above its weight in terms of a colourful history. The town has had to endure raiding parties conducted by the violent French pirates who were seeking to disrupt the crucial trade that The United Kingdom so heavily depended upon for its prosperity and stability. During the troublesome and volatile times of the English Civil War, Guernsey was caught up in the bitter war of attrition to the varying factions all of whom were seeking to secure and further their own agenda.
One of the most prominent attractions of the island of Guernsey is Castle Cornet which was destined to become a castle by virtue of its status as a tidal island, and this status remains even to this day meaning that if you do plan on visiting the castle, you had better do so within the correct time frame, otherwise you will find yourself stranded until low tide!
Originally established in 1206, Castle Cornet underwent major renovations in the 16th century in an attempt to more significantly modernise the castle, and to ensure that it was capable of withstanding the damaging effects of the newly discovered gunpowder. These reinforcements to the structural integrity of the castle was not enough to spare it from the effects of nature and in a stroke of misfortune, in 1672 when a lightning bolt hit the castle, significant damage was sustained.
Nowadays the castle is used to contain a number of different museum exhibitions as well as various creative outlets such as plays.