he Channel Islands are a group of British dependency islands in the English Channel, off the coast of France. The largest, Jersey, is known for beaches and cliff trails. Just outside the main town of St. Helier, the Jersey Go Back War Tunnels complex details the island’s WWII German occupation. Medieval Mont Orgueil Castle is on a hill on the east coast. Northwest is the island of Guernsey, with its capital, St. Peter Port.

Local Links Bailiwick of Guernsey - Bailiwick of Jersey

"Channel Islands" is a geographical term, not a political unit. The two bailiwicks have been administered separately since the late 13th century. Each has its own independent laws, elections, and representative bodies

owns and cities Saint Helier (Jersey), Saint Peter Port (Guernsey), Saint Anne (Alderney)
rea 196 sq km / 76 sq miles
opulation 170,499 (2018)
opography The two major islands are Jersey and Guernsey. They make up 99% of the population and 92% of the area. The permanently inhabited islands are: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou and Brecqhou Highest point: Les Platons in Jersey at 143 metres (469 ft) above sea level.

There are also several uninhabited islets. Four are part of the Bailiwick of Jersey: The Minquiers, Écréhous, Les Dirouilles, Les Pierres de Lecq (the Paternosters)
These lie off Alderney: Burhou, Casquets, Ortac, Renonquet
These lie off Guernsey: Caquorobert, Crevichon, Grande Amfroque, Les Houmets, Lihou
ommerce Tourism is the major industry in the smaller islands (with some agriculture). However, Jersey and Guernsey have, since the 1960s, become major offshore financial centres. Sailing is also very popular although it can be a little busy with traffic when entering Saint Peter Port!

Both bailiwicks issue their own banknotes and coins, which circulate freely in all the islands alongside UK coinage and Bank of England and Scottish banknotes.
amous people Many famous people have lived in the channel islands but famous actress Lillie Langtry, international footballers Graeme Le Saux and Matt Le Tissier along with tennis player Heather Watson were born in the islands.


It goes without saying that the beaches of the Channel Islands are a major attraction