Once upon a time, the Channel Islands were not islands but part of the land mass we now call Europe. About 12,000 years ago the Ice Age ended. Ice caps melted and the sea water level rose leaving only the highest parts as land. This land became the Channel Islands.
Guernsey is the only one of the Channel Islands that has a natural harbour (today’s St Peter Port) and a sheltered stretch of water called a roadstead at its entrance. This made it a safe stopping place (anchorage) for seafarers crossing the English Channel.
Guernsey has a wonderfully rich heritage and unique history – read more about it by using the menu on the left hand side.