Islands are a group of British dependency islands in the English Channel,
off the coast of France. The largest,
is known for beaches and cliff trails. Just outside the main town of St.
Helier, the Jersey
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.
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
||196 sq km / 76 sq miles
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
These lie off Alderney: Burhou, Casquets, Ortac, Renonquet
These lie off Guernsey: Caquorobert, Crevichon, Grande Amfroque, Les Houmets,
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
||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
goes without saying that the beaches of the Channel Islands are a major