What We Do
Learn more about the JTGA and what we do
Our guides offer a range of coach and mini-coach guiding services to travel operators and group organisers, so that you can maximise your experience of Jersey.
For such a small island, Jersey offers a variety of walking – from cliff paths to country lanes – from hidden valleys to beach exploration, up to a mile off-shore on spring tides.
Our guides offer walking tours to suit all abilities and interests.
There are special walking week programmes each spring and autumn.
With more than 350 miles of roads and lanes to explore, the Island has designated cycle routes, many following the Green Lanes where cyclists and pedestrians have priority over the motor car.
Cycling in Jersey is about discovering our country Parishes with their ancient churches, often the hub of villages with pubs and shops. Manor houses and old farms are scattered among the tiny fields lined with hedgerows full of wild flowers, between narrow roads, many with over-arching trees. Even in the heart of the Island, the sea is never far away.
History and Heritage
The earliest evidence of human activity in Jersey dates back about 250,000 years (before Jersey became an island), when nomadic bands used caves at La Cotte de St Brelade for hunting mammoth. Jersey has been continuously inhabited for over 8,000 years, with evidence of settled communities in the Neolithic period, marked by the presence of ritual sites built of massive stones known as dolmens.
The Island ceased to be a peaceful backwater when the Duchy of Normandy and other lands in France were lost to the English throne in 1204, and endured the constant wars between England and France. Jersey remained loyal to the Kings of England as a Peculiar of the Crown.
The Island was granted independent government as a Bailiwick, known States of Jersey, presided over by the Crown-appointed Bailiff. Today, Her Majesty the Queen is represented by a Lieutenant Governor.
Our guides offer an extensive range of tours including castles, churches, prehistoric sites and an in-depth interpretation of the Island’s fascinating past, including many maritime ventures, centuries of agricultural practices, our extensive military traditions and extraordinary natural history.
Jersey, with it’s warm climate grows many plants which are considered to be tender in other parts of Britain. Our members can assist with the practical aspects to ensure that your group get the most out of your tour to private gardens, many not normally open to the general public.
Talks, Lectures and Presentations
Our guides can provide interesting, informative and entertaining talks, lectures and presentations which will bring additional enjoyment to your groups whilst visiting our delightful island.
MICE/ Itinerary Planning
As well as acting as guides a number of our members offer a fully managed service to travel operators and groups and help plan an coordinate your entire visit. This service includes liasing with accommodation, travel, food providers and attractions on your behalf.
The Channel Islands were the only British soil to be occupied by German forces during the Second World War. Following the withdrawal of all military personnel by the British government, then unexpected German bombardment, Jersey was occupied for five years between 1940 / 1945. This period saw some 8,000 Islanders evacuated to Britain, 1,200 British residents deported to internment camps in Germany, and a number of individuals sentenced to prison, and some to concentration camps in mainland Europe.
In the winter of 1944 after the Channel Islands were cut off from mainland Europe after the capture of Normandy by the Allied forces, starvation was only avoided by the arrival of the Red Cross ship Vega in December, 1944.
British warships brought Liberation on 9th May, 1945, a day celebrated as an annual public holiday ever since.
There are many sites to visit which provide a greater understanding of that time. Many of our guides have an in depth knowledge of the war years, and can gain access to a number of fortifications not normally open to the general public.