Discover Jersey’s rich and varied history through a variety of exhibits dating back over 250,000 years. Enjoy the award-winning ‘Story of Jersey’ film and imagine life in the 19th century with a visit to the beautifully restored, gas-lit Victorian House before relaxing in our café or browsing our souvenir shop. Get acquainted with the Island’s own language Jèrriais, the ‘Jersey Lily’ and the many stories and artworks that make Jersey such a unique place.
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Jersey is the largest of the Channels Islands, but at 45.5 square miles (118 sq km) it’s still only about a third of the size of the Isle of Wight. Its human history goes back to the Neolithic period, as many megalithic tombs (knowm as dolmens) demonstrate. However, the most important history discovery of recent years was the unearthing of tens of thousands of Roman and Celtic coins in 2012. Two men with metal detectors uncovered this amazing find, and the coins are now on display at La Hougue Bie Museum. This location itself is quite a historical wonder; well-preserved Neolithic passage graves that were used for religious ceremonies around 3500 BC.
Other historic attractions on Jersey include the War Tunnels and other remnants of the German occupation, which lasted from 1940 to 1945. Liberation Day is celebrated on May 9th as Jersey’s National Day, and is an important part of the island’s calendar. Apart from its history, Jersey is well known for its potatoes and rich, creamy milk. Holiday visitors will also find plenty of opportunities for seaside pleasures, as the island has many bays and beaches.
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