Saint Peter Port, St Peter Port parish, Guernsey

Geography : Relief | Subdivisions | Sport and leisure | Parks and gardens | Features |

🇬🇬 St Peter Port is a town and one of the ten parishes on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. It is the capital of the Bailiwick of Guernsey as well as the main port.

St. Peter Port is a small town (commonly referred to by locals as just "town") consisting mostly of steep narrow streets and steps on the overlooking slopes. It is known that a trading post/town existed here before Roman times with a pre-Christian name which has not survived.

The parish covers an area of 6.5 km². The postal code for addresses in the parish starts with GY1.

People from St. Peter Port were nicknamed "les Villais" (the townspeople) or "cllichards" in Guernésiais.


Geography St. Peter Port is on the east coast of Guernsey overlooking Herm and tiny Jethou, a further channel separates Sark and surrounding islets such as Brecqhou; exceptionally Normandy's long Cotentin Peninsula and, to the south-east, Jersey are visible in clear conditions beyond from some, highest, vantage points. The parish borders St. Sampson in the north, The Vale in the north-west, St. Andrew in the west and St. Martin in the south.

The name of the nearest channel is the Little Russel, in which sits the Bréhon Tower; that separating Sark is the Big Russel. Both in width are less than half of Guernsey's greatest length and dotted with coastal rocks and stacks quite near those islands, some of which are narrowly submerged.


Geography: Relief The land in the north and by the harbour is low-lying but not marshy. In the south, the land gets higher (but not as high as St Martin's or the Forest). Grassy, gently terraced cliffs behind sea walls (including projections) topped by trees characterise the southern part of the coast here (by an underground military museum and historic battery at semi-wooded Havelet). In the north is the more built-up Admiral Park development. To the south of the town lies Havelet Bay and the coastal path which leads to the very pretty Fermain Bay after a walk of about 20–25 minutes.


Subdivisions Saint Peter Port is subdivided into four cantons:

1 Canton 1 or North Canton

2 Canton 2 or Canton of the North-West

3 Canton 3 or Canton of the South-West

4 Canton 4 or Canton of the South

In addition, the islands of Herm and Jethou belong to the parish, but are not part of any canton. They belong to Electoral district Saint Peter Port South.


Sport and leisure St. Peter Port has an English Isthmian League club, Guernsey F.C. who play at Footes Lane. The Guernsey Rugby Football Club also play at Footes Lane and compete in National League 3 London & SE.


Parks and gardens Candie Gardens, an award-winning restored Victorian Garden, features statues of Victor Hugo and Queen Victoria. The Guernsey Museum at Candie and the Priaulx Library are both situated within the grounds of the garden respectively.

Cambridge Park is a recreational park that includes Churchill Avenue, ‘a leafy tree-lined pedestrian Avenue’, named after Winston Churchill and a skate park. In 2014 the parish was a Gold & Category Winner in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, followed in 2016 with another Gold medal.


Features The features of the town include: • St Peter Port Harbour • Town Church, Guernsey, the parish church of St Peter Port at the heart of the town • Buildings

◦ The Royal Court House (La Cohue Royale), seat of the States of Guernsey

◦ Hauteville House, Victor Hugo's house of exile, which is now a museum under the aegis of the city of Paris).

◦ National Trust of Guernsey Victorian shop

◦ Elizabeth College founded in 1563 by Elizabeth I of England. The main building (built 1826) is a prominent feature of the skyline.

◦ Victoria Tower

◦ Priaulx Library

◦ Guille-Allès Library

◦ St James concert hall

◦ Our Lady of the Rosary Church • The Market, the Arcade, the High Street, the Pollet, Smith Street, Mill Street and Mansel Street, which are all pedestrian priority and part of the shopping district • Cobbled streets and narrow passageways of the old town • Guernsey Museum at Candie (Candie Museum) • Candie Gardens • Marinas for visiting and local boats • Military: ◦ Castle Cornet, the historic fortress that guarded the strategic entrance to the port. The castle was formerly a tidal island, but since 1859 a breakwater has connected it to the enlarged harbour.

◦ German Naval Signals HQ, HQ of the German Naval Commander Channel Islands which was established next to La Collinette Hotel, and was responsible for all radio traffic to and from Germany and the other Islands. The last operational Signals HQ that was running up until 9 May 1945, using the Enigma code machines that were being decoded by the staff at Bletchley Park.

◦ Island war memorial at the top of Smith Street

◦ Parish war memorial at the bottom of Smith Street

◦ St Stephens war memorial in St Stephens church

◦ Liberation monument

◦ Anglo-Boer War memorial, in the Avenue

◦ Fort George

◦ Cemetery at Fort George

◦ Commonwealth War Graves at Le Foulon cemetery

◦ Clarence Battery dating from the Napoleonic Wars

◦ La Vallette military museum

◦ German fortifications, built during the occupation 1940–45: 0 

◦ Two 13.5 cm K 09 German World War I Canon near Victoria Tower • The Guernsey Aquarium, situated in fortified tunnels at La Vallette, built during the German occupation. Scheduled to close down permanently next month (October 2019) due to lack of income and funds. As of December 2021, it is now closed.

• Bathing places at La Vallette • A number of protected buildings

◦ Castle Carey was built in 1840 for John Carey. It is a Gothic revival property, attributed to the architect John Wilson, who designed Elizabeth College and St James Concert Hall. It was briefly the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and hosted Queen Victoria and Prince Albert during their visit to Guernsey in 1859, and the Duke of Cambridge in 1862. Victor Hugo’s novel Les Travailleurs de la Mer, published in 1866 and dedicated to Guernsey, where he spent 15 years in exile, mentions Castle Carey. The castle stayed in the Carey family until William Wilfred Carey sold it in 1912. During the Second World War, the Germans occupying Guernsey used Castle Carey as an officers’ club.

The parish of Saint Peter Port hosts: • Government House (office of the Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey • St Peter Port Douzaine • Guernsey Information Centre • Fire Station • States of Guernsey Police Service • Guernsey Ambulance and Rescue Service • Saint Peter Port Lifeboat Station • Guernsey Border Agency • Guernsey Post • Footes Lane • Ladies' College • Vauvert Primary School • Many shops • Number of banks • Large number of offices • The International Stock Exchange • Condor Ferries, a car ferry company which operates to Jersey, France and the UK, has its head office in Saint Peter Port. • Countryside walks • Val des Terres Hill Climb • St Peter Port Harbour Carnival • Town Carnival .

Main roads


** **The following main roads (listed from north-south) provide important links between St Peter Port and the other parishes: • Les Banques (leads up the coast to St Sampson's and the north of the island) • Rohais (leads to the parish of Castel) • Mount Row (leads to St Andrew's and the west of the island) • Ruette Brayes (leads to St Martin's and the south of the island) • Fort Road (leads to St Martin's)

The following coastal roads (listed from north to south) are also very important as they provide access to the shops, carparks and the harbour: • St George's Esplanade • North Esplanade • South Esplanade

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Saint Peter Port is the #82 city in the world according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which evaluates and ranks the competitiveness of the major financial centres of the world according to a wide range of criteria – Human Capital, Business, Finance, Infrastructure and Reputation.

Saint Peter Port has a population of over 18,958 people. Saint Peter Port also forms the centre of the wider Guernsey Bailiwick which has a population of over 67,334 people. Saint Peter Port is ranked #987 for startups with a score of 0.069. For the location of Saint Peter Port see: St Peter Port.

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