St Helier, Jersey's capital and
administrative centre, stands in St Aubin's Bay on the southern
side of the island.
The town is named after Jerseys
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
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
On a rocky islet in the bay stand
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.