The Channel Islands are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. The Channel Islands fall into two separate self-governing bailiwicks, both are British Crown Dependencies, and neither is part of the United Kingdom.
The earliest evidence of human occupation of the Channel Islands has been dated to 25,000 years ago when they were attached to the landmass of continental Europe. The islands became detached by rising sea levels in the Neolithic period.
Tourism is the major industry in the smaller islands (with some agriculture). They issue their own banknotes and coins, which circulate freely in all the islands alongside UK coinage and Bank of England and Scottish banknotes
Things to do
The Channel Islands have so much to offer outside, you won't want to go indoors. The islands are perfect for an outdoors holiday within easy reach of the UK. The Channel Islands are home to important nature reserves and spectacular floral displays.
Guernsey's beautiful beaches stretch from the south coast cliffs to the north of the island. If you want to get close to the water, but don't fancy a dip, try kayaking, or get involved with surfing or windsurfing.
Alderney just one and a half miles wide and three and a half miles long with just over two thousand friendly and welcoming inhabitants, you will discover an island with an ancient and varied history, an abundance of flora and fauna, beautiful beaches, an enviable lifestyle