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St Helier, Isle of Jersey Cruise Port

Within the English Channel between France and English are the Channel Islands, among them the cruise port of St Helier, Isle of Jersey. One of 12 parishes of Jersey, St Helier (or Saint Helier) is also the island's capital. The history of St Helier dates back to Roman times, when it was just a small fishing village; it was named for the 6th-century ascetic hermit named Helier who was killed by pirates. With the eventual expansion of the harbor, more settlers arrived, particularly from the United Kingdom. Military threats from France toward English immigrants prompted the building of Fort Regent, with peace coming to the island in the 1820s. Full of historical and archaeological sites, St Helier has adventures for all ages. If it’s nature you’re looking for, strolling through lavender-covered hills soothes the soul. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to St Helier, Isle of Jersey:
  • Named for Elizabeth I, Elizabeth Castle is located on L'Islet outside of town (it can be reached by foot at low tide or by amphibious vehicle). Begun in the 16th century, it wasn't used for military purposes until the English Civil War in the 17th century. Check out the artefacts on display and if there on a Sunday, you may also catch a reenactment from the Battle of Jersey.
  • Admission to both the Maritime Museum and Occupation Tapestry Gallery are included on the same ticket; the former features interactive exhibits that show how Jersey's landscape was shaped by the sea, while the gallery displays a 12-panel tapestry showing life in Jersey during World War II.
  • Liberation was created in 1995 to mark 50 years since the end of Nazi occupation here. The group in the statue holds a Union Jack flag, while the 12 jets in the fountain symbolize Jersey's parishes.
  • Animal lovers will want to see Durrell Wildlife Park, which focuses on rare and endangered species (its flanked by a dodo statue at the gate). Broken down into four main groups, here you'll see species you may never have encountered, and learn about the zoo's conservation efforts.

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