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Granville-Jersey info, please

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Granville is one of our favourites on the Northern coast. We think it is perfect for a relaxing "do not do much" break – contrast with our relaxing "do not do much" retirement in Caen!

Seriously, though, this year we thought of doing something – assuming that the Confinement is lifted at some stage before the winter – and taking a day trip to Jersey.

The timetable gives the departure times, but doesn't seem to say how long the crossing takes. 

And I gather from some 2018 posts that the Jersey terminal is a bit of a trek from the interesting part of the town. How far / how long, please?

Also, any current / recent recommendations for lunch will be welcome.

TIA

Ken

 

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Ken, the trip to Jersey takes around an hour and a half but you also need to check in an hour before departure. The big advantage obviously is that on the trip over you win back an hour so it provides a reasonable amount of time ashore. Thete is a map on the brochure showing the various routes they serve and the times taken.

Walking from the terminal to central St Helier takes around 15/20 minutes to Liberation Square/bus station and a little longer to the shopping streets and covered market.

As for lunch in Jersey, it really depends if you are staying in St Helier all day or heading out to explore. There are generally printed brochures available when you arrive at the terminal or tourist office (inside the bus station) which give a range of choices. 

Ed

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Because of why I go there, I tend to eat in either the St Helier Yacht Club on South Pier or the beautifully situated Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club at St Abubins. Do a check on Tripadvisor before you go. There are loads of good and varied eateries. The Chambers is the favourite watering hole for many.

As an alternative, in good weather, take the boat to Chausey for the day. Simply amazing scenery. One place to eat, so choice easy and booking essential.

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Do they sometimes serve Gorey rather than St Helier? For tidal reasons they certainly used to do that. There are things to do in Gorey (the castle for instance) and a few nice restaurants, but the greater choice and the shopping is in St Helier which is a bus ride away and that eats into the time on a day trip.

Perhaps this is no longer a route - but worth checking. I also second Colin's Chausey option - and an opportunity for a long, languid, liquid picnic.

Last time we went to Chausey we ran aground on re entering Granville harbour. Fortunately the incoming tide sorted us out - eventually!

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15 minutes ago, rogerpatenall said:

Do they sometimes serve Gorey rather than St Helier? For tidal reasons they certainly used to do that. There are things to do in Gorey (the castle for instance) and a few nice restaurants, but the greater choice and the shopping is in St Helier which is a bus ride away and that eats into the time on a day trip.

Perhaps this is no longer a route - but worth checking. I also second Colin's Chausey option - and an opportunity for a long, languid, liquid picnic.

Last time we went to Chausey we ran aground on re entering Granville harbour. Fortunately the incoming tide sorted us out - eventually!

They have stopped the service to Gorey. It was very irregular and probably impractical with the need for bag scanning etc. Here's the current brochure. 

https://www.manche-iles.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/brochure-indiv-MI-2020_pdf-web.pdf

Ed

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St Helier is all tide access, but Granville is not. You need to check the date to see if you can get a full day ashore.

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