Mousehole - map

Mousehole - map

Described by Dylan Thomas as the loveliest village in the UK – it’s where he spent his honeymoon, Mousehole doesn’t fail to impress with its picturesque harbourside setting, narrow streets and thick set fishermen’s cottages. It’s said that the village was inspiration for Thomas’s Under Milk Wood and if you listen carefully to the author and poet’s most famous work, you’ll realise there’s a more than just a passing resemblance.

Along the harbour road you’ll find galleries, gift shops and restaurants while in the harbour itself there’s a safe sandy beach at low tide popular with families. Situated on the steep hill heading to Lamorna is the Mousehole Bird Hospital, a sanctuary for injured birds brought in from around the coast for treatment where you can visit the patients. The village is famous for its Christmas lights which illuminate the harbour in the depths of winter and for Tom Bawcock’s Eve, a traditional pre-Christmas celebration commemorating a local hero who saved the village from famine by bracing the stormy seas to bring back fish for the starving villagers. Locals mark the event by baking the famous Stargazey Pie made with mixed fish, egg and potato with fish heads poking out through the crust.

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