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Candie Gardens is located in the heart of St Peter Port and gives spectacular views of town and the other Channel Islands.
The gardens are just outside Candie House and were discovered in 1894 when they were opened to the public. Candie Gardens are traditional Victorian gardens which include flowers and plants from all over the world. The flowers always look beautiful and are well looked after. The gardens are more popular during the summer months with both locals and tourists. The gardens are a lovely setting for a picnic or walk around with family or friends.
The gardens welcome children to visit but there are some areas that would be difficult to access with a wheelchair or pushchair. At the entrance to the gardens there are two statues, one of Queen Victoria and the other of Victor Hugo.
The Queen Victoria statue was placed in Candie Gardens to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. It is made from bronze and cost £730 back when it was made. The 8ft high statue was unveiled on the first of March 1900. It is placed in a nice area of the gardens as you can see it even if you are just walking past.
The Victor Hugo statue was bought by the French Government for Guernsey because of all the work Victor Hugo had done over here. This statue is made out of stone and cost the French £1291. It was unveiled on July 7th 1914. On the side of the statue it says (in French, but this is the translation) 'To the rock of hospitality and liberty, to that portion of old Norman ground inhabited by the noble little nation of the sea. To the island of Guernsey, severe yet gentle...' and 'Given from France to England and the island of Guernsey.' It also has a representation of Victor Hugo's signature and the date of his birth and death. I prefer this statue than the other as I think the stone is a lot nicer to see and it looks great against the surrounding plants and flowers.
Candie Gardens are open all day every day and there is no entry fee.
Also inside Candie Gardens is the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery. The museum was originally built to bring three museums together in 1978 but now it shows the story of Guernsey and also has displays which are regularly changed. It is currently about the sixties because its been 50 years since the Beatles performed in Guernsey.
Café Victoria is open from 9am to 5pm daily and serves drinks snacks. There is often live music being performed on the terrace. This is a beautiful café and has some delicious home made cakes. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the view.
Candie Gardens is a beautiful place to visit, especially on a sunny day.