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Saint Peter Port

View of St Peter Port from the South
View of St Peter Port from the South
Location of Saint Peter Port in Guernsey
Location of Saint Peter Port in Guernsey
Crown Dependency Guernsey, Channel Islands
 • Total 6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total 18,207
 • Density 2,801/km2 (7,250/sq mi)
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) UTC+01
Postal code

Saint Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey as well as the main port. The population in 2001 was 16,488. In Guernésiais and in French, historically the official language of Guernsey, the name of the town and its surrounding parish is St Pierre Port. The "port" distinguishes this parish from Saint Pierre Du Bois.

As well as being a parish, St. Peter Port is a small town consisting mostly of steep narrow streets and steps on the overlooking slopes. It is known that a trading post/town has existed here since before Roman times, the pre-Christian name of which has not survived into the modern era.

The postal code for addresses in this parish starts with GY1.

People from St. Peter Port, were nicknamed "les Villais" (the townspeople) or "cllichards" in Guernésiais.


St. Peter Port is located on the east coast of Guernsey. It borders St. Sampson in the north, The Vale in the north-west, St. Andrew in the west and St. Martin in the south.

On the seaward side it faces Herm to the east, across the Little Russel, and Sark and Brecqhou even further east across the Big Russel between them and Herm. The Bréhon Tower sits in the Little Russel between St. Peter Port and Herm.

Relief The land in the north and by the harbour is low lying but in the south, the land gets much higher (but not as high as St Martin's or the Forest). This means that there are quite a few cliffs on the coast between Havelet and Fermain.


Castle Cornet Guernsey
Castle Cornet

Saint Peter Port is subdivided into four cantons:

  1. Canton 1 or North Canton
  2. Canton 2 or Canton of the North-West
  3. Canton 3 or Canton of the South-West
  4. Canton 4 or Canton of the South

In addition, the islands of Herm and Jethou belong to the parish, but are not part of any canton. They belong to Electoral district Saint Peter Port South.

Sport and leisure

St. Peter Port has an English Isthmian League club, Guernsey F.C. who play at Footes Lane. The Guernsey Rugby Football Club also play at Footes Lane and compete in National League 3 London & SE.

Parks and Gardens

Candie Gardens, an award-winning restored Victorian Garden features a statue of Victor Hugo. Cambridge Park is a recreational park that includes a skate park. In 2014 the parish was a Gold & Category Winner in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, followed in 2016 with another Gold medal.


Famous people

See also: List of people from Guernsey
  • Margaret Ann Neve - The oldest woman in the world until her death in 1903
  • Sir Isaac Brock – Major General, "Hero of Upper Canada", War of 1812
  • Matthew Le Tissier, footballer
  • Alison Merrien MBE, World indoors bowls champion
  • George Métivier, poet
  • Heather Watson, tennis player, Team GB athlete and Wimbledon Champion
  • Victor Hugo, French writer, In exile in St-Peter Port from 1855 to 1870.
  • Cameron Chalmers, athlete

Numismatic History

See also: Guernsey pound

Guernsey bank notes feature a number of parish buildings:

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