Victor Hugo

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

Accredited Guides conducting Victor Hugo tours(not including house tour):

Gill Girard on +44 (0)1481 252403 e-mail:

Michelle Kohlschein – +44 (0) 7781 491254 email:

Colette Bearder - +44 (0) 7781 439357 email:

Agnes Perry – +44 (0) 1481 721411 email:

Anne-Marie Cluett - +44 (0) 1481 264630 email:

Please contact the Guernsey Information Centre for further details.

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