Local Area Information & Things To Do
We produced this film about Alderney for Visit Alderney and Living Islands, which hopefully will give you a good idea about the island and things to do.
Alderney is the third largest and most northerly of the Channel Islands, measuring some three and a half miles long by one and a half miles wide. Situated approximately 60 miles from Britain and 8 miles from France, the island enjoys a mild climate and a slower pace of life, with an abundance of beautiful beaches, breathtaking walks and an ancient and varied history.
The Old Tea Room is situated at 28 High Street in the charming town of St Anne. It is very close to the island's charming museum and one of the town's small supermarkets is only a couple of minute's walk. The town features some characterful cobbled streets, a variety of individual shops, pubs and restaurants.
With over 50 miles of walks and paths taking you across clifftops, beaches and around town, the best way to discover Alderney is on foot. There is much to discover while walking around the island and the scenery is simply spectacular with the dramatic cliffs on the south coast dotted with Victorian and German fortifications, the fabulous sandy beaches and promentaries sprinkled with Victorian forts and bunkers along the north and east coasts and the bird sanctuary island of Burhou off to the north west.
We recommend a visit to The Alderney Wildlife Trust Office on Victoria Street to plan things to do during the stay. There you can pick up leaflets on the Alderney Bird Observatory or the island walks; book island tours, including boat tours of the island (depending on the time of year) and find out other events are taking place on the island during your stay.
The Alderney golf course is a 9-hole course with alternate tees, which add distance and variety to each hole, making it an overall, challenging 18-hole course. The natural hazards of the course call for additional skills and, at certain times, the wind factor can test the most competent of golfers. The course is one of the most scenic and testing golf courses in the Channel Islands with the superb views flitting between the English Channel and the nearby French coast as you complete the course.
Alderney Week has been taking place for over 60 years and is usually the first Saturday to Saturday week in August A fantastic week for all ages, with parades, calvalcades, torch light processions, strong man competitions, music, man powered flight, sandcastle competition, the daft raft race, a firework spectacular and so much more. The busiest time of year of the island, so book early to avoid disappointment.