Walk the beautiful
sandy beaches and enjoy the shallow, warm water
of the Royal Bay of Grouville. The Royal Bay
of Grouville, named so when Queen Victoria visited
in 1846 and was exceptionally impressed, thus
giving it its royal epithet. This area, favored
greatly by tourists, is also one of the primary
oyster producers for the entire island of Jersey.
This little parish, known as Grouville, is charming
and quaint and steeped in history. At one time
the Royal Bay was also known for its production
Within the Channel
Islands lies Jersey and within Jersey lies twelve
parishes. The one that lies in the south east
part of the island is called Grouville. This
little parish is approximately 7.8 square kilometers,
or 4,354 vergees. And that is an area of about
3.01 square miles, most of which is dominated
by the Royal Bay of Grouville. This is the popular
area is for tourists.
When you move to
the inland part of the parish, you will find
the La Hougue Bie. This is the Island of Jersey's
most well known archaeological site. It is also
considered one of the largest and best preserved
graves in all of Europe. Now, the La Hougue
Bie is a museum that is operated by the Jersey
Heritage Truse. This is truly a sight to behold.
There is a passage grave that is aligned for
the equinox. It is covered by a prehistoric
artificial mound. The Notre Dame de la Clarte,
a mediaeval chapel, was built on the Neolithic
mound. In the eighteenth century, the Notre
Dame de la Clarte was converted to a Gothic
Revival residence. This folly like home, called
the Prince's Tower, was demolished in the 1920's.
The ancient mound served as a site for the constructions
of bunkers by the German forces during World
War II. They built bunkers in and around the
mound which has since been preserved for museum
The Royal Jersey
Golf Club is situated somewhat inland of Grouville,
but you still get a breathtaking view of the
Royal Bay. From the 4th green, you can see the
bay, but you are most struck by the beautiful,
lush green rolling hills of the Island itself.
The 12th green gives you a magnificent view
of Mont Orgueil castle looming in the background
when you look back towards the tee. The 17th
will give you an amazing view that you simply
have to see for yourself to fully appreciate.
It is guarded by a large bunker and offers a
view across the bay of the shore line and of
the villages situated along it.
Grouville is a
charming parish in the Jersey Island that is
literally steeped in history. Explore the historical
sites and wander along the broad beaches of
the Royal Bay of Grouville. Get lost in the
sight, sound, smell and romance of the ocean.
Grouville will take you to another time. Make
your vacation plans to visit historical, breathtaking
Grouville and let your adventure begin
Helier || St. Brelade
|| St. Peters ||
St. Mary || St.
Savior || St.
St. Ouen || St.
John || St. Clement
|| St. Lawrence
|| Trinity || Grouville
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