Janet’s guidebook for Mevagissey and Places to Visit in Cornwall

Janet
Janet’s guidebook for Mevagissey and Places to Visit in Cornwall

Sightseeing and places to visit

There are many wonderful places to visit in Cornwall and lots of beautiful beaches and gardens.
Mevagissey is a traditional vibrant fishing village. In years gone by it was predominantly the shoals of herring/sardines that kept the fishermen busy but these days the boats are busy fishing for all manner of fish and shellfish. In the summer months some of the boats run fishing and sightseeing trips around the bay. There is also a rib for those who want a more lively boat trip! The Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry runs from April to the beginning of October. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes and if you are very lucky you can enjoy seeing the dolphins following the boat. https://www.mevagissey-ferries.co.uk/ The local restaurants use local produce and have daily fish specials on the menu. There are two fish and chip takeaway venues, bakers shops and a convenience store. The village is a fantastic place for families to visit with two small beaches, crab catching on the harbour and a visit to the marine aquarium and the model railway. Wonderful memories of a Cornish holiday are easily made. Visitors come back year after year with their children and grandchildren. There are some lovely independent shops, restaurants and a visit to Cornwall wouldn't be complete without a pasty, a cream tea and an ice-cream. Mevagissey is an ideal base if you wish to walk some of the Coastal Footpath. Portmellon - approximately 20 minutes walk is the next bay around - a lovely small cove, ideal for the children to play on the beach, hire some water equipment and enjoy a light lunch from the food hut or the pub. If you walk to Chapel Point you can sometimes spot seals on the beach but be prepared for the mothers to be very protective if there are pups in the group. In the opposite direction along the coastal path you can walk to the beach at Polstreath (down some very steep steps) which is a beautiful quiet cove. Onwards towards Pentewan Sands - a very long sandy beach where there is a holiday park and the Hubbox bar and cafe which opens daily for drinks and meals. The village of Pentewan has The Ship Inn with it's garden for drinks and food and there is also a cafe in the village. Pentewan also has a cycle hire for you to ride the bikes along the Pentewan trail - away from the road alongside the river - ideal for families to enjoy some activity. From Mevagissey it 's a relatively short walk to The Lost Gardens of Heligan via the footpath from the Activity Centre or it's a short drive away. Currently the gardens are operating on a booking only system.
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Mevagissey
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Mevagissey is a traditional vibrant fishing village. In years gone by it was predominantly the shoals of herring/sardines that kept the fishermen busy but these days the boats are busy fishing for all manner of fish and shellfish. In the summer months some of the boats run fishing and sightseeing trips around the bay. There is also a rib for those who want a more lively boat trip! The Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry runs from April to the beginning of October. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes and if you are very lucky you can enjoy seeing the dolphins following the boat. https://www.mevagissey-ferries.co.uk/ The local restaurants use local produce and have daily fish specials on the menu. There are two fish and chip takeaway venues, bakers shops and a convenience store. The village is a fantastic place for families to visit with two small beaches, crab catching on the harbour and a visit to the marine aquarium and the model railway. Wonderful memories of a Cornish holiday are easily made. Visitors come back year after year with their children and grandchildren. There are some lovely independent shops, restaurants and a visit to Cornwall wouldn't be complete without a pasty, a cream tea and an ice-cream. Mevagissey is an ideal base if you wish to walk some of the Coastal Footpath. Portmellon - approximately 20 minutes walk is the next bay around - a lovely small cove, ideal for the children to play on the beach, hire some water equipment and enjoy a light lunch from the food hut or the pub. If you walk to Chapel Point you can sometimes spot seals on the beach but be prepared for the mothers to be very protective if there are pups in the group. In the opposite direction along the coastal path you can walk to the beach at Polstreath (down some very steep steps) which is a beautiful quiet cove. Onwards towards Pentewan Sands - a very long sandy beach where there is a holiday park and the Hubbox bar and cafe which opens daily for drinks and meals. The village of Pentewan has The Ship Inn with it's garden for drinks and food and there is also a cafe in the village. Pentewan also has a cycle hire for you to ride the bikes along the Pentewan trail - away from the road alongside the river - ideal for families to enjoy some activity. From Mevagissey it 's a relatively short walk to The Lost Gardens of Heligan via the footpath from the Activity Centre or it's a short drive away. Currently the gardens are operating on a booking only system.
The Eden Project is renowned the world over for it's transformation of an old clay pit into a living theatre of plants and people with huge biomes demonstrating the diverse nature of our planet. There are two biomes, the rain forest and the mediterranean as well as the core building and the gardens. Activities are organised for families during the holiday periods and it is lovely to sit and listen to the storytellers, watch the wildlife and relax in the peaceful setting.
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Eden Project
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The Eden Project is renowned the world over for it's transformation of an old clay pit into a living theatre of plants and people with huge biomes demonstrating the diverse nature of our planet. There are two biomes, the rain forest and the mediterranean as well as the core building and the gardens. Activities are organised for families during the holiday periods and it is lovely to sit and listen to the storytellers, watch the wildlife and relax in the peaceful setting.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a very firm favourite of mine. Being on our doorstep it has been a wonderul place to take my grandchildren. The gardens and plants are very beautiful - the snowdrops, primroses and bluebells quickly followed by the Camelias and Rhododendruns in the spring are a sight to behold. The gardens have a peacefulness and excitement depending which part of the estate you find yourself in. The jungle with it's huge tree ferns and bamboo and the Burma Rope Bridge or vegetable and flower garden which shows as the estate used to be run when the family lived in Heligan House. The house has been divided into apartments and sold but the gardens remain a testament to how lives were lived. The estate also has a rare breed farm where you can see the various fowl, sheep, goats and cattle as well as Courage the Shire Horse and Reggie the shetland pony. During the school holidays activities are organised so you can take your children to build a den, toast marshmallows, listen to the storytelling and music making and just generally let them run without worrying. When you're in need of some rest and relaxation there is Heligan Kitchen and The Stewards House which serve delicious food using produce from the gardens.
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The Lost Gardens Heligan
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a very firm favourite of mine. Being on our doorstep it has been a wonderul place to take my grandchildren. The gardens and plants are very beautiful - the snowdrops, primroses and bluebells quickly followed by the Camelias and Rhododendruns in the spring are a sight to behold. The gardens have a peacefulness and excitement depending which part of the estate you find yourself in. The jungle with it's huge tree ferns and bamboo and the Burma Rope Bridge or vegetable and flower garden which shows as the estate used to be run when the family lived in Heligan House. The house has been divided into apartments and sold but the gardens remain a testament to how lives were lived. The estate also has a rare breed farm where you can see the various fowl, sheep, goats and cattle as well as Courage the Shire Horse and Reggie the shetland pony. During the school holidays activities are organised so you can take your children to build a den, toast marshmallows, listen to the storytelling and music making and just generally let them run without worrying. When you're in need of some rest and relaxation there is Heligan Kitchen and The Stewards House which serve delicious food using produce from the gardens.
Caerhays Castle beach is just one of the beautiful beaches to visit near Mevagissey. You will be spoilt for choice with Gorran,
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Caerhays Castle
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Caerhays Castle beach is just one of the beautiful beaches to visit near Mevagissey. You will be spoilt for choice with Gorran,
St Ives is probably the most visited town in Cornwall due to it's beautiful beaches and the Tate St Ives. Known for internationally renowned artists and galleries, Bernard Leach pottery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum St Ives is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cornwall. The wonderful sandy beaches and beautiful blue sea is a wonderful destination for families. The railway travelling to St Ives takes you along the coast and you will travel through Lelant Saltings and Carbis Bay - a beautiful journey.
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St Ives
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St Ives is probably the most visited town in Cornwall due to it's beautiful beaches and the Tate St Ives. Known for internationally renowned artists and galleries, Bernard Leach pottery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum St Ives is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cornwall. The wonderful sandy beaches and beautiful blue sea is a wonderful destination for families. The railway travelling to St Ives takes you along the coast and you will travel through Lelant Saltings and Carbis Bay - a beautiful journey.
The Lizard and Kynance Cove in particular are some of my most favourite unspoilt areas of Cornwall. With the rugged coast and the rough sea it is a wonderful place to visit. Stroll along the beaches and search for the Serpentine the natural stone of which the cliffs are made. Beautiful gifts are made and can be purchased from the Lizard Serpentine Works.
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Lizard
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The Lizard and Kynance Cove in particular are some of my most favourite unspoilt areas of Cornwall. With the rugged coast and the rough sea it is a wonderful place to visit. Stroll along the beaches and search for the Serpentine the natural stone of which the cliffs are made. Beautiful gifts are made and can be purchased from the Lizard Serpentine Works.
The Minack Theatre perched on the cliffs, was built by Rowena Cade. Rowena and her buildes started building the theatre in 1930 and continued until she was well into her 80s. The Rowena Cade exhibition, the auditorium and the backstage walkway and gardens are open to the public and it is also possible to book to see a performance.
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The Minack Theatre
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The Minack Theatre perched on the cliffs, was built by Rowena Cade. Rowena and her buildes started building the theatre in 1930 and continued until she was well into her 80s. The Rowena Cade exhibition, the auditorium and the backstage walkway and gardens are open to the public and it is also possible to book to see a performance.
Charlestown was a very small fishing village where the few fishermen caught and processed pilchards but is now mainly famous for it's filming location. In Georgian times it was a working port where ships came to have copper from the local mines loaded for export and latterly china clay loaded onto the ships from the top of the harbour through the shutes into the waiting ships. By the 1990s the size of the ships outgrew the harbour and the last commercial load of clay to leave Charlestown was in 2000. Exports of China Clay continued from Fowey and Par. Charlestown Harbour is owned by Square Sail a company that owns and sails a small fleet of Tall Ships and one or two can often be seen in the harbour. There are two small beaches, one on either side of the harbour mouth and you will be able to recognise locations used in various films, The Eagle has Landed, Dr Who and more recently Poldark. The Shipwreck Treasure Museum has an exhibition of over 800 items. These days, Charlestown is also known for the many excellent restaurants and bars. The Pier House Hotel and Restaurant, The Longstore, The Rashleigh public house, Charlie's Coffehouse and Boathouse, Wreckers, Rebellion and probably several others!
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Charlestown
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Charlestown was a very small fishing village where the few fishermen caught and processed pilchards but is now mainly famous for it's filming location. In Georgian times it was a working port where ships came to have copper from the local mines loaded for export and latterly china clay loaded onto the ships from the top of the harbour through the shutes into the waiting ships. By the 1990s the size of the ships outgrew the harbour and the last commercial load of clay to leave Charlestown was in 2000. Exports of China Clay continued from Fowey and Par. Charlestown Harbour is owned by Square Sail a company that owns and sails a small fleet of Tall Ships and one or two can often be seen in the harbour. There are two small beaches, one on either side of the harbour mouth and you will be able to recognise locations used in various films, The Eagle has Landed, Dr Who and more recently Poldark. The Shipwreck Treasure Museum has an exhibition of over 800 items. These days, Charlestown is also known for the many excellent restaurants and bars. The Pier House Hotel and Restaurant, The Longstore, The Rashleigh public house, Charlie's Coffehouse and Boathouse, Wreckers, Rebellion and probably several others!