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Victor Hugo's Guernsey

Victor Hugo was immediately captivated by Guernsey: he was struck by the harshness of its cliffs and the gentleness of the inland scenery. He appreciated both 'the breath of the ocean' and 'the breath of the flowers'.

At the same time that he was creating his amazing home, 'Hauteville House', he was completing or publishing major works: La Légende des siècles ('The Legend of the Centuries'), Les Misérables, Les chansons des rues et des bois ('The Songs of the Streets and Woods'), Les Travailleurs de la mer ('Toilers of the Sea'), etc.

He was led to express his gratitude in the dedication of this novel: I dedicate this book to the rock of hospitality, to this corner of old Norman land where resides the noble little people of the sea, to the Island of Guernsey, severe and yet gentle...'. 

Victor Hugo Guided Walks

Please contact the Guernsey Information Centre for further details. 

Guided walks covering Hugo and his house are also available on demand.  For details please contact the Guernsey Information Centre on +44 (0) 1481 723552 e-mail here or contact the Guide directly: Gill Girard on +44 (0)1481 252403 E-ail:

Please note: the Victor Hugo trail, which takes you through the historic town of St Peter Port, as well as to island wide locations, is currently out of print.