Point of Interest

Candie Gardens

Guernsey / Europe

Candie Gardens are a flower garden, once part of a private estate, established in 1894, and now open to the public.  They have the oldest known heated glasshouses in the British Isles, dating back to the late 18th century.  There are fine views over St Peter Port harbour and to the islands of Herm, Sark and Jethou.  There are beautiful flowers, lawns, and fishponds, a museum, art gallery, and a café, housed in a Victorian bandstand.

The Lower Gardens were reconditioned and restored between 1998 and 1999.  in A wide variety of plants from all over the world are grown here.

A feature of the gardens are two statues.   One is of Queen Victoria, by C.B. Birch (1832-93), unveiled on 1 March 1900 to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. (This is a replica of Queen Victoria’s 1896 statue at the north end of Blackfriars Bridge in London and one in Aberdeen).  The other is of Victor Hugo (1802-85), by Jean Boucher (1870-1939), presented by the French Government on 7 July 1914 to thank the island for the generosity shown to Hugo during his 15-year exile on the island.  The sculpted figure is posed looking broodily towards his homeland, France.

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