South Lytchett Manor is situated in a perfect location, close to the towns of Poole, Bournemouth and Swanage. From our 5-star Dorset holiday park you can easily reach a number of popular family attractions as well as some of the best beaches in the UK. Lesser known however, is that our central location affords visitors easy access to beauty spots slightly further afield. Thanks to a regular ferry service from Poole Harbour, you can experience the unforgettable beauty of St Peter Port on a day trip to Guernsey.
A Day Trip to Guernsey on Condor Liberation
Discover the delights of the Channel Islands during your stay at South Lytchett Manor. Book a seat on the fast ferry service and enjoy a leisurely steam across the English Channel. You don’t have to travel far to begin your journey – the ferry terminal at Poole harbour is only 15 minutes away from our holiday park.
The 3-hour journey is an experience it itself, thanks to Condor Liberation’s fantastic facilities. The high-speed trimaran is the most recent addition to Condor’s fleet and offers passengers the chance to relax and unwind before you arrive on the island for a busy day. Start your trip with a delicious bite to eat in Casquets Bistro or savour a drink in one of the onboard bars.
Every passenger is assigned a seat included in the ticket price, but there are optional upgrades available if you fancy a more luxurious affair. The Horizon Lounge offers 360-degree views, ideal for watching passing ships. For an extra special treat, you could even splurge on Club Class, which includes reclining leather seats and steward service.
There’s plenty to keep little ones entertained including a children’s TV room and onboard WiFi. Sometimes volunteers from Marine Life are on the upper deck looking for wildlife such as seabirds and dolphins. They will be able to answer any questions and help you identify and record any wildlife sightings.
If you’ve still got time to spare you can indulge in a spot of shopping in the duty-free shop, where you can enjoy massive savings on perfume, makeup and alcohol.
Experience the beauty of St Peters Port
Once you disembark at St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, you are free to explore this magnificent island as you see fit. You’ll have up to 4 hours on land, the perfect amount of time to see some of the top sights.
You don’t have to travel far to experience Guernsey’s unique charm. Simply walking down the cobbled streets as you peruse the independent shops and boutiques is enough to soak up the atmosphere of this unique seaside town.
In the heart of St Peter Port, you’ll find 19th century Candie Garden’s. Here you can enjoy beautiful flower arrangements, the Guernsey Museum and take a minute to admire the scenery. On a clear day you can enjoy far reaching views across the harbour and towards the neighbouring islands of Herm and Sark.
Delicious food with French flair
Guernsey is renowned for its dairy produce and the island has a wonderful foodie scene. Many of the dishes take inspiration from French culture and a growing number of artisans are developing award winning products, which are helping this small island receive international acclaim. Take some time out of your busy day to make a pit stop at one of the many café’s, bars and restaurants to sample some of the famed cuisine. The seafood is some of the freshest you’ll ever taste and the cream teas are said to be out of this world!
Rich and interesting history
If you’re in to history, Castle Cornet is an excellent starting point for your time ashore. Standing proud at the end of the pier, this 800-year-old castle is steeped in history and offers a fantastic insight into the island’s wartime involvement. The fortification is now split into 5 museums and four period gardens, which offer the chance to delve deep to the island’s history. Make sure you’re there at noon to witness the firing of the cannons!
Other points of interest include the German Occupation Museum and Hauteville House, where Victor Hugo wrote many of his masterpieces, including Les Misérables. This spectacular stately home recently undergone a major renovation, which has restored it to it’s former glory.
Explore Guernsey by car
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of St Peter Port, bringing a car will give you the freedom to explore slightly further afield. As you negotiate the islands winding country lanes, you’ll have the chance to experience the slower pace of life for which Guernsey is renowned.
Take a couple of hours to explore some of Guernsey’s idyllic beaches, which boast turquoise waters and bright white sand. A quick dip is the order of the day before returning back to the ship for the journey back to Poole and the comfort of our Dorset holiday park.
Find out more about a day trip to Guernsey with Condor Ferries