The Channel Islands, located in the English Channel near the North Coast of France, are made up of two Bailiwicks, Jersey and Guernsey. Whilst not being a part of the United Kingdom itself, they are properties of the British Government, but self governing, aside from matters such as defence and foreign affairs. Both Islands accept Queen Elizabeth (and any current British Monarch) as the Monarch, who is traditionally known as the Duke of Normandy, owing to the fact that the Islands were part of the Duchy of Normandy until being given over to the Duchy of England many centuries ago. When England formed a union with Scotland in 1707 the Islands became British property, and continue to be so to this day, and because of this the Islands, along with the Isle of Man off the coast of North West England, are known as Crown Dependancies.
Also, whilst they are not a part of the European Union, the Islands have trade agreements with Europe and the UK, and their own airports, located on Guernsey and Jersey as well as the smaller island if Alderney (part of Guernsey along with a few other islands). The Channel Islands in name merely refers to the islands collectively due to their possession, rather than a union as administratively the term Channel Islands is meaningless, with both Guernsey and Jersey having separate governments.
On the map above, Jersey is located at the bottom right, with the capital, St Helier, shown with a red circle. One of the most famous attractions across the islands is Jersey Zoo, set up by Gerald Durrell (1925 – 1995) to safeguard endangered animals. Jersey is the largest of the two islands, and the closest to France.
Guernsey is shown at the middle left on the map, and it’s capital is also highlighted in red, St Peter Port. Other, smaller islands make up the full Bailiwick, with Alderney shown nearer the top of the map, along with Herm and Sark next to Guernsey. Other islands include Jethou and Lihou.
Click on the highlighted links to go to the main page for each of the two Bailiwicks, where you can find out a bit more about them, as well as see any posts on places we have been there. Both islands are split into parishes, similar to the county set up in the United Kingdom. You can also navigate using the drop down menu from the Channel Islands sub menu.