Facts About Saint Helier
|Region||British Crown dependency|
|Lat Long Coordinates||49.187°N 2.107°W|
|area Code||+44 – 1534|
|Language||English, French, Jèrriais|
|Point of interest||Elizabeth Castle, Durrell Wildlife Park, Jersey Heritage, Victoria College, Mont Orgueil, La Hougue Bie, Parish Church of St Helier, La Motte, Jersey, Samarès Manor|
About City :
Saint Helier is one of the twelve parishes of Jersey, as well as its capital. Home to around 33,500 residents, a greater part of this port is still predominantly rural. The town is named after St. Helier who was martyred there in AD 555. The Hermitage, a small 12th century oratory on L’Islet, has preserved the memory of this saint till this day.
The site of Saint Helier is thought to have been settled at the time of the Roman control of Gaul, though the harbor was built in 1751 with the monetary help provided by King George II. The Royal Square, situated in the center, was the site of the Battle of Jersey in 1781, where the French tried to seize Jersey unsuccessfully. Gradually Saint Helier grew as an agricultural hub, exporting its products to London and Paris. This parish was also under the oppressive rule of the Nazis, from which they were liberated in 1945. There are several architectural evidences in Saint Helier that signify important events from their historical past. Languages spoken here include English, French and Jerriais.
Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. Saint Helier is located along St. Aubin’s Bay opposite L’Islet, a tidal island, on the southern end of Jersey Island. The town covers a total area of 10.6 sq. km. The seashore in the southern part is covered with sand dunes.
How to Reach (Transport) :
The easiest way to reach Saint Helier is to fly to Jersey Airport, which is served by several airlines like the British Airways, Air France, Easy Jet, to name a few. From the airport one can avail of either a car or a bus to the town of Saint Helier.
Once there, it is advisable to walk around Saint Helier to enjoy its sites. Boat trips are also available from St. Helier to the nearby islands.
When to Visit :
Saint Helier experiences a temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers. The relatively bright sun accompanied by wide stretches of the seashore make the capital town an ideal tourist destination for an island holiday in the summers, especially between May and October.
Fairs and Festivals :
There are several local events and festivals that are celebrated in Saint Helier :
- Liberation Day is celebrated on 9th May where marching bands parade through the town to the Liberation Square, followed by a Liberation party.
- Spring Walking Week is celebrated in May. The island’s heritage and natural beauty can be discovered in a series of guided walks.
- Battle of Flowers Grand day Parade, one of Europe’s most colorful carnivals, is celebrated in August. It features flower festooned floats, amazing street dancers, musicians and entertainers providing a spectacular sight.
Besides these, Saint Helier also celebrates the common Christian Festivals of Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving.
Points of Interest (Places to Visit) :
- Maritime Museum has several exhibits about Jersey’s maritime history which also includes pirates.
- Occupation Museum tells about the military history of the country, especially the German occupation of the island.
- Jersey Museum covers the history of Jersey that includes an exhibition of a concentration camp as well as a model of a Victorian town house.
- The Central Market in Beresford Street is an indoor market that features Victorian Architecture. It is equally popular with tourists and locals.
Apart from these there are certain castles and forts, like the Elizabeth Castle, built in the latter part of 16th century, and Mont Orgueil that speak of the town’s historic past.
There are over 30 hotels in Saint Helier; hence accommodation won’t be a problem. Among the many hotels, Eulah Country House Hotel is the best luxury hotel of the area. Other luxury hotels include Royal Yacht Hotel, The Club Hotel and Spa, and The Inn Boutique. There are also several budget hotels that include Runnymade Court Hotel, Apollo Hotel and Stafford Hotel. Apart from these hotels, Saint Helier has plenty of apartments and cottages that are available on rent that gives a majestic view of the sea.