St Peter Port, Guernsey
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Approximately 3 Hours
Step back in time to the era when St Peter Port was alive with the sights and sounds of booming trade.
Walk with your guide along the waterfront and hear fascinating tales of the passengers, porters, privateers and publicans when the port offered a haven for many a ship seeking refuge from violent storms. Smuggling, legalized piracy, the lucrative entrepot port and, of course, the wine trade are embedded in the cobblestone streets of St Peter Port. You'll also hear about the Bubonic Plague of the 14th century, carried by rats as they scurried between merchants' houses. It wiped out half of Guernsey's population before dying a natural death of its own.
Next, visit the majestic medieval Castle Cornet, built in the 13th century to defend the harbor. Entering the castle, you will understand what life was like for those living in this imposing fortress. The privation, the dank stench of the dungeons, the constant danger of invasion and the many deaths within its walls are brought to life by your guide's narration. Relive the medieval myths, murders and manifestations that took place in this captivating fortress. From mangonel to musket, crossbow to cannonfire, the secrets held within the castle are unlocked on your tour today.
Guernsey is well known for gache (pronounced gosh) -- a local fruit bread delicacy. You'll enjoy refreshments of coffee and gache at the end of the tour.
Subject to sailing time, you may remain at Castle Cornet to independently explore the excellent museums, or you can return to the center of St Peter Port for shopping. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Terrain includes a few steps at Castle Cornet but is mainly level.