German Military Occupation

GCI-210 | Guernsey (St. Peter Port) | See Special Notes

from $119.95*

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Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • German Occupation Museum and Underground Hospital German Occupation Museum and Underground Hospital

You will see:

Easy

Excursion Length:
Approx. 3 hours

Max. Group Size: 40

Tour Overview

Board your motorcoach and drive out of St. Peter Port. Cross the island and head towards the dramatic western coast. Travel through the island's center and view scenic villages, stone-built farmhouses and picturesque, narrow country lanes.

Your first stop on this tour will be the Occupation Museum. Starting in June 1940, half of Guernsey's population and most of the school children were evacuated. View a selection of musical instruments, used by some of the 12,000 troops stationed in Guernsey, together with uniforms, weapons and equipment. In the civilian room, the daily life of the remaining islanders can be gleaned from reading the various orders, permits and censored newspapers, complemented by entries from the diaries they kept. Take in a display of a town household in late 1944 represented by a model of an occupation kitchen, and see a horse-drawn ambulance from the same period.

Continue on to the Underground Hospital and Munitions Store. This complex is the largest structural reminder of the German Occupation existing in the Channel Islands. The complex contains a maze of tunnels which cover an area of about 75,000 square feet. Almost invisible from the surface, this vast concrete maze is built under a low hill in the heart of the Guernsey countryside. The hospital was equipped with an operating theatre, kitchen, cinema, staff quarters and wards for 500 patients. In an emergency, the hospital could hold up to 1,000 patients.

Empty today, one can still see some signs of the hospital's previous existence. View the remains of the heating plant, encounter abandoned hospital beds, and see the remains of the cooking arrangements. Along the two main corridors, one can also see the X-ray room, laboratory, staff sleeping quarters, store rooms, cinema and mortuary.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

Participation is very limited; book early to avoid disappointment. This tour normally sells out in advance of the cruise.

Tour is operated by motorcoach or minibus with a driver/guide combination. Therefore, please note that it is not always possible for additional assistance to be given to guests with mobility issues. No motorised wheelchairs/scooters permitted on any excursions.


The order of visits may be reversed to avoid congestion..

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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