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Technically part of Bailiwick of Guernsey, and the only Channel Island actually in the English Channel, Alderney is just three miles by one and a half. But it’s still the third largest of the Channel Islands. It has no city and just one town, St. Anne. One of the great surprises of St. Anne is its magnificent church - it’s almost a cathedral. Alderney was captured by the Germans during WW2 and there was a forced labour camp here for which there is now a rather beautiful memorial. Just off Alderney is an islet called Burhou, which is a haven to an incredible array, and number, of seabirds.
What Not To Miss
- Take a boat ride and see colonies of seabirds in their natural environment. The guides are great and visitors can also learn about the local history of the area.
- Visit the Alderney Museum, featuring fascinating insights into the history of the island from the Bronze age to more recent times including the German occupation of the island.
- Hop on the Alderney Railroad and enjoy a historic journey along the scenic route taking the sights such as the lighthouse.
- Experience the island's military history with a visit to the Odeon - a German military tower. Visitors can even explore the installation making it an unusual educational experience.
- Described as one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the Channel Islands, St Anne's Church is unusually large for such a small island and features stunning stained glass windows.
Our recommendation of the best places to stay on Alderney allows visitors to enjoy the wonderful beaches and scenic views.
The Best Places to Stay on Alderney
For a seaside holiday
- The Braye Beach Hotel on the island of Alderney offers an old fashioned resort style holiday. Well equipped for rainy days - with its cinema and games room - the Braye Beach is right on the beach, so it's very family friendly when the sun is out. Alderney is also one of the best places to stay on the Channel Islands for twitchers - over 260 different species have been spotted here.
For an apartment
- If you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner, Booking.com for a great selection of properties throughout the Channel Islands.
- Fly to Alderney Airport - a small airport on the island with scheduled connections to Guernsey Airport and Southampton Airport.
- There's also ferry services to the island with connections to the UK mainland, France and other Channel Islands.
- If you want to rent a car to explore this charming island - for prices visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
- Best time to visit - the summer months from June to early September provide the nicest weather for exploring the island and enjoy the beautiful beaches.
Best Hotels in Alderney
Braye Beach Hotel, Alderney 27 rooms from $143Alderney
Modern hotel with spectacular views over Alderney's finest sandy beach. Family friendly (cinema, games room) with fine dining or pub food options. Popular for conferences and weddings.Birdwatching - Alderney is a magnet for 260 species of birds.Views - Great views from hotelSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide