Liberation Day at Greenhills

04 May 2017

Throughout the Channel Islands, islanders and visitors alike will be celebrating Liberation Day on 9th May - or 10th May, if you happen to be in Sark.

The importance of these days in the Channel Islands' calendar cannot be underestimated. Islanders are incredibly proud of their past, which makes sense when you understand how deep it runs.

Jersey War Tunnels

Liberation Day is an ideal time to visit the War Tunnels in Jersey's St Peter's Valley, where you'll get an authentic feel of the trials that islanders endured during those five years of occupation.

In these tunnels, hewn from the bedrock by slave labourers, you'll find the story of the islands under Nazi rule. You'll learn about the ways in which people resisted and how island heroes helped prisoners escape and hid them under fear of the severest punishment.

There are no words that effectively describe the difficulties that people faced living through the occupation, but the War Tunnels offers a compelling narrative that's as close to truly understanding as a 21st century audience will get.

Refresh yourselves at Greenhills

A tour of the Tunnels takes about two hours and you'll be in need of refreshment afterwards, so why not walk or drive the mile or so through beautiful country lanes to the Greenhills Country House Hotel.

Here you can enjoy lunch in our award-winning AA Rosette restaurant or simply enjoy a relaxing drink in our newly refurbished bar or bask in the sunshine by our pool.

The simple luxuries of our country hotel are an example of the resolution and determination that islanders have shown to rebuild and move on from those troubled years, without ever forgetting the sacrifices that so many people made to ensure that liberation was won and that these islands will remain forever free.

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