The Little Chapel is a magnificent tourist attraction located in Saint Andrew’s in Guernsey. They are not kidding when they named it ‘little’ either, it is a lot smaller than you may expect. This work of art was created in 1914 and is a colourful and delicate looking building.

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The Little Chapel Guernsey

In this guide, we will discuss the best time to go to Lihou Island as well as the following

  • What is The Little Chapel?
  • History of The Little Chapel.
  • When to visit The Little Chapel?
  • Preparing for your trip to Guernsey
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What is the Little Chapel?

The Little Chapel is a beautiful building that was built by Brother Doedat in 1914. He was attempting to build his own version of the Notre Dame Grotto in Lourdes. 

It is made of shells and broken pieces of china and is a marvelous place to visit whilst you are in Guernsey. There are benches in the area and also boards that you can read more about the Little Chapel itself.

The Little Chapel is located in Saint Andrew’s, in the Les Vauxbelets valley. There is parking outside the gift shop or if you choose to get the bus, it is on bus route 71.

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History of The Little Chapel

The Little Chapel was first built in March 1914 and measured 9 feet long by 4.5 feet wide. Brother Doedat was criticised for this build by his brothers and demolished it, starting again in July 1914. This time he built the Little Chapel measuring 9 feet by 6 feet, however, the Bishop of Portsmouth visited in 1923 and couldn’t fit through the door. 

Deodat demolished the Little Chapel again soon built it again for the third and final time, measuring 16 feet by 9 feet.

Today, the Little Chapel is under the care of Blanchelande College.

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When to visit The Little Chapel

The Little Chapel is open daily between 9am-4pm during the summer months. It is free to enter, however, public donations are relied upon to keep the Little Chapel running. 

We would recommend visiting at quieter periods, not in peak tourist season or school holidays as it is a small attraction and may get busy.

You can go inside the Little Chapel and explore. There are some narrow stairs inside that are also worth going down to explore further. The inside is just as unique as the outside.

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Before You Leave for Guernsey

Before you leave on your trip to the beautiful island of Guernsey, there are a number of things you will need to organise to ensure a smooth and stress-free trip. These include what to pack, where to stay and what is the best travel insurance for Guernsey.

What to Pack for Guernsey

What you need to pack for Guernsey will rely highly on when you make your trip to the Channel Islands. During the Spring and Autumn months, temperatures and weather patterns vary wildly between beautiful sunny skies and storming gales.

The temperatures generally vary from 10 oC to 25 oC during these months, with a mixture between cold, northerly winds and warmer southerlies. There is a small amount of rain, with maybe 1 in 7 days receiving rainfall, which makes it perfect for days out exploring the beautiful island.

During the Summer months in Guernsey, temperatures tend to range from 20oC to 30oC, with some days topping 35oC. Summer days in Guernsey are perfect for the beach, with many locals and travellers alike sending their day soaking up the sun and playing in the sea. When it comes to toiletries, we recommend that you don’t forget to pack sunscreen. The sun in Guernsey can be strong, especially in the summer months.

If you need more inspiration on what to pack for your trip, check out our full packing guides for all-weather conditions over here.

Given the beautiful sights and scenery that you will see in Guernsey, we highly recommend packing a good camera for your trip. If you want to read more about the cameras we use and why we love them, check out the link below.

You can read what else we keep in our camera bag over here.

Photography Equipment

Main Photography Camera – Sony A7iii Mirrorless Camera

Main Lens – Sony FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM 

Zoom Lens – Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8

Camera Stand – Neewer Portable 177cm

Vlogging Camera – Sony HX90v

Action Camera – GoPro Hero 8 Black

Drone Camera – DJI Mavic Pro 2

Camera Bag – Lowepro Flipside 300 AW

What is the Best Travel Insurance for Guernsey?

If you are simply planning on heading to Guernsey for a holiday, one thing that is essential for everybody is good travel insurance. Accidents can happen anywhere and at anytime and unexpected hospital bills will ruin a holiday. Remove the stress from your next adventure and get covered for the worst.

World Nomads Travel Insurance provides budget reliable travel insurance that will keep you covered for any level of adventure.

You can get your quote before you leave on your trip right here.

 

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Where to Stay in Guernsey?

When it comes to accommodation on Guernsey, you are simply spoiled for choice with a huge range of hotels, B&Bs and even campsites to choose from. No matter what your preferred level of luxury is, there is the perfect place for you.

Luxury – Spend your time on Guernsey in true luxury at the Old Government House Spa and Hotel in St Peter Port. This hotel has beautiful views over the harbour of Guernsey’s capital, as well as access to a luxurious spa, an outdoor terrace and a heated, outdoor pool.

Book your stay at the Old Government House Spa and Hotel here.

Mid-range – If you would like a taste of luxury at an affordable price, then the Auberge du Val Hotel is perfect for you. This 19th-century farmhouse sits on the west coast of the island and offers cosy, ensuite rooms, complete with tea, coffee and tv. The hotel is just a short walk from the beautiful nature reserves in St Saviour, perfect for a romantic trip away for the weekend.

Book your stay at the Auberge du Val Hotel here.

Budget – Situated just 2-miles from Guernsey airport in the heart of St Martins, the Carlton Inn is the best value hotel in Guernsey. With free parking and wifi, as well as access to the Wicked Wolf pub that sits in the same building.

Book your stay at the Carlton Inn here.

Camping – If you are up for a more adventurous stay on Guernsey, Fauxquets Valley Campsite offer a range of glamping safari tents, glamping pods and sites for your own tent if you bring one. Visit their website for a full price list of tents and campsites.

 

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So there you have it, your complete guide to visiting the Little Chapel in Guernsey! This is just one of the many great things to do in Guernsey, and we would recommend that you include it in your itinerary on the island.

If you found this guide to the historical sites in Guernsey useful, please let us know in the comments section below. We love chatting you guys about this kind of thing, and sharing our top experiences with everyone else! What site was your favourite? Do you have any places to add that we missed out?

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