Jersey Island, UK, is one of the Channel Islands off the coast of England and France. Jersey is not actually part of the UK or the European Union, though Queen Elizabeth is the head of state. Reach Jersey by ferries from England or France.
Due to this country's independence, tourists to not pay VAT, but there is a goods and service tax of five percent as of 2011. Jersey also has its own currency that are not accepted outside of Jersey, but many UK banks do offer currency exchange services for the Jersey pound and coins.
Attractions in Jersey
Aquasplash offers year-round fun for the whole family. The water park has wave pools, swimming pools, flumes, snorkelling pools and a lazy river. Learn how to swim in the park or head to the sauna to soothe tired muscles. (Aquasplash.je)
Elizabeth Castle sits off the shore in St. Aubin's Bay. At low tide, the castle is easily reached by foot, but when the tide is in, there is a ferry that brings you to and from this fortress. Elizabeth Castle is open from April to October.
Mont Orgeil Castle is in Gorey Harbour on a hill offering amazing views of the French coast. Both castles allow you to explore all of the castle's nooks and crannies at your own pace. Mont Orgeil Castle is open daily from April to October and weekends November to March.
Festivals in Jersey
If you love the cinema, participate in the Branchange International Film Festival (Branchagefestival.com) in September. During this film festival, film makers present their latest independent films and participate in discussions with fans. Movie premieres occur throughout the island and prices range from free short films to £20 per person.
The Jersey Live music festival takes place every September at the Royal Jersey Showground in Trinity. For one weekend dozens of bands from around the world take the stage offering a weekend-long concert. Ticket prices in 2011 start at £56.
Over 150 restaurants participate in the Tennerfest every October. For six weeks, participating restaurants provide all-inclusive menus starting at £10. The £10 menus focus on Jersey grown produce, meats and seafood.
The Jersey Pass
The Jersey Pass allows travellers to enter more than a dozen Jersey attractions free of charge and provide discount offers at area restaurants. Passes are valid for up to six days and provide free entrance to Aquasplash, Amaizin Adventure Park, Elizabeth Castle, Jersey Museum, Maritime Museum and more. Passes start at £32 (2011 pricing). Buy them online (Jerseypass.com) or in certain area businesses.
These are only a few of the popular attractions available. For a full listing of Jersey Island, UK, activities, restaurants or to search for hotels, visit Jersey.com.