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St Peter Port
St Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey, as well as the main port of the island. In French, historically the official language of Guernsey, the name of the town and its surrounding parish is St Pierre Port.
As well as being a parish, St Peter Port is a small town consisting mostly of steep narrow streets and steps on the overlooking slopes.
The post code for addresses in this parish starts with GY1.
A lot of the coast is used up by the harbour but the beaches in St Peter Port include:
- Part of Belle Greve Bay
- Havelet Bay
- Soldiers Bay
- Part of Fermain Bay
The land in the North and by the harbour is low lying but in the South, the land gets much higher (but not as high as St Martin's or the Forest). This means that there are quite a few cliffs on the coast between Havelet and Fermain.
The features of the town include:
- The Royal Court House, seat of the Bailiwick's government
- Hauteville House, Victor Hugo's house of exile (now a museum run by the city of Paris)
- The Town Church
- St Peter Port Harbour
- Castle Cornet, the historic fortress that guarded the strategic entrance to the port. The castle was formerly a tidal island but it is now joined by a breakwater to the enlarged harbour.
The following main roads (listed from North-South) provide important links between St Peter Port and the other parishes:
- Les Banques (leads up the coast to St Sampsons and the North of the Island)
- Rue Des Varendes (leads to the parish of Castle )
- Mount Row (leads to St Andrew's and the West of the Island)
- Ruette Brayes (leads to St Martin's and the South of the Island)
- Fort Road (leads to St Martin's)
The following coastal roads (listed from North-South) are also very important as they provide access to the shops, carparks and the harbour:
- St George's Esplanade
- North Esplanade
- South Esplanade
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