St Helier

St Helier is one of the twelve parishes, and the largest town in Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. It has a population of about 28,000, and is the capital of the Island (although Government House is situated in St. Saviour). The parish covers a surface area of 4.1 square miles, being 9% of the total land area of the Island (this includes reclaimed land area of 494 acres). The parish crest is two crossed gold axes on a blue background, symbolising the martyrdom of Helier and the sea. Sourced with thanks from En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Helier St Helier, Jersey's capital and administrative centre, stands in St Aubin's Bay on the southern side of the island. St Helier, the town is named after Jersey’s first and most famous saint who lived and preached in the island in the 8th Century. Jersey's parliament, one of the oldest assemblies in the Commonwealth, sits in the States Chamber in the Royal Square. The affluent town has a vibrant atmosphere, definitely British but with a distinct French and Portugese influences. Many streets carry old French titles and many shop fronts still display the names of their island founders. The paved town centre boasts a huge variety of stores, shops, restaurants and cafés. Jersey's own produce, including flowers, Jersey Royal potatoes and freshly caught fish is on sale in the Central Market which dates from 1882. The harbour and marina are always full of activity.

Here visitors can watch the comings and goings of ferries, ocean-going yachts and small fishing vessels or take a walk around the facinating historic harbours, led by a Blue Badge guide. St Helier has a wide range of museums including the Jersey Museum, Island Fortress Occupation Museum, Occupation Tapestry and the award-winning Maritime Museum. On a rocky islet in the bay stands Elizabeth Castle and the Hermitage. There are also a number of beautiful parks including Les Jardins de la Mer, in the newly created Waterfront area in St Helier. Sourced with thanks from Touruk.co.uk/jersey/jersey_St_Helier.htm

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