World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.8 (192 votes)

Jersey

Listed under Islands in The United Kingdom.

Photo of  Jersey
Pin It

I first visited Jersey about 20 years ago. Back then, the Bergerac TV-series were all the rage (about Jim Bergerac, ruggedly handsome sergeant of the Bureau des Étrangers). Before leaving for the islands, I got some DVDs of that 80s show and got my oldest daughter a bit hooked.

Surprisingly (and annoyingly) St Helier looked nothing like I remembered. Today, it's full of shops and cafés. Didn’t see those back then. Was my memory failing? Of course many of the shops wouldn’t have been here then. Top Shop, for example. But surely some were: BH, Marks & Spencer...? Luckily for my sanity, I did at least remember the Victorian fruit and vegetable market.

Many are the theories as to the origin of the name Jersey. Generally there seems to be agreement on the ending -ey coming from the norse word ey (island). At least Vikings roamed here, as they did everywhere in their – or dare I say, our –heydey. Like the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands are neither part of Great Britain nor the United Kingdom, but are part of the British Isles.

That’s not the only similarity with Man. Jersey is also quite the finance hub and taxes are low. Income tax is a flat 20 % and there’s no VAT. A GST was introduced only a few years ago. It’s 3 %! Coming from Norway, where the sales tax is 25 %, I can only laugh at that

Written by  Anne-Sophie Redisch.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • Galapagos Islands

    The Galapagos Islands are deservedly famous for close encounters with wildlife. Some of the animals here are unique to these is…

  • Tierra del Fuego

    Tierra del Fuego or Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, is the largest island in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Half of the is…

  • Bali

    Everyone should visit Bali at least once in their lifetime. Words and pictures alone cannot describe this beautiful little isla…

Nearby Experiences

  • The Club Hotel and Spa, Jersey

    This top-notch town house hotel is in the centre of St Helier, so very handy for the shops just round the corner. The entrance …

  • Ayush Spa

    The Ayush Spa in the Hotel de France in St Helier is the first completely Ayurvedic hotel spa in the UK. And they're committed …

  • Bouley Bay

    A sweeping pebble beach of approximately two miles length on the north coast of Jersey near St Martin. The bay is set against c…

Related links

Contribute to this page