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Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands but it is still only 9 miles by 5 miles. However there are a lot of attractions sprinkled around the island and visiting them can soon start to get expensive. There is a way of managing your budget and saving yourself some money and that is by investing in a Jersey Pass.
The Jersey Pass is available to purchase from the Tourist Information Office in St. Helier. You can buy the pass over the internet but since you have to collect it from the office anyway, they won't post them, you may as well just go and buy it in person.
The passes are available for 2, 4 or 6 consecutive days use. The days are calendar days not 24hour days and they have to be consecutive so it is worth planning your visits accordingly.
Once purchased the passes give you one free entry to each of the participating attractions during the validity of your pass. Most of the major attractions in Jersey are members of the scheme and at the height of the season there are more than 15 different attractions covered.
The 2-day pass is sold for £32, however we visited in low season and when we came to pay we were informed that there was a special offer as fewer attractions were open and we only paid £25 per person for our passes after we had been shown a list of what attractions would still be covered. We were given the plastic; credit card sized passes and just had to sign the back. The passes do not get activated until their first use; we purchased ours on a Friday afternoon so that we would be able to use them first thing on Saturday. With the cards being tough plastic they are easy to keep in your purse with your normal cards and so don't get lost or damaged.
There is no child price or other concessions so people in these categories may be wise to calculate if they are making savings before purchasing but for adults they are a good deal, the more days you buy the cheaper each day becomes.
As I said we paid £25 each knowing that there were several places we wanted to visit:
Durrell Wildlife: £12.90
Mont Orgueil Castle: £9.50
Jersey War Tunnels: £10.50
Jersey Museum: £7.00
Thus we were nearly £15 each better off, if we hadn't had a pool at our hotel we would also have had a quick dip at the Aqua splash at £5 and if we had a little more time on Sunday we would have fitted in the Maritime museum at £7.50.
The website states that they will save you time and money. I can't see how they save you time as you have to make a special trip to buy them and you still have to queue up for entry into the attractions as normal, however they do save you money.
In the summer when you may be wanting to spend time on the beach and enjoying the open air the pass may not be such good value but in the early spring when we wanted to cram a lot into a weekend it was an absolute bargain. I really can't recommend this enough and it is certainly worth investigating if you are travelling to Jersey, their website gives all the information you need to calculate if you will make savings.
It is just a shame that you can only buy them at the Tourist Information Office as that may not always be convenient. I was surprised to find that you couldn't buy them at the attractions because if you didn't know about them and hadn't already been into St Helier you end up losing out.