Spend a weekend in…Mousehole

Mousehole, West Cornwall

Mousehole is a charmer. Perched on the western edge of Mount’s Bay, three miles west of Penzance, we promise this classic Cornish fishing village will capture your heart.

Picturesque fishermen’s cottages

Picturesque fishermen’s cottages huddle around the harbor, an important fishing port from as early as 1266. Part of the south quay originates from 1390, possibly the oldest pier in Cornwall. Today a small number of fishing boats maintain the heritage of a working harbour.

A maze of winding, narrow lanes

You can literally get lost for hours in the maze of narrow, winding streets, stumbling upon artists workshops, galleries, little cafes, and interiors shops selling gifts inspired by the sea.

Stunning sea vistas

Eventually you will find your way back to the harbour and the stunning sea vistas. St Michael’s Mount glistens mysteriously in the distance, the crystal clear waters are framed by exotic banana and fig trees made possible by the mild climate, and you can often spot seals on St Clement’s Isle, a small rocky islet400 yards offshore from the harbour entrance.


The Old Coastguard 

Listed in The Good Food Guide, the red Michelin Guide and named County Dining Pub of the Year by The 2013 Good Pub Guide, this is a traditional Brasserie menu that takes good ingredients and gives them a very simple but classic treatment. All tables have views to St. Clement's Isle.

2 Fore St 

With a vibrant, continental feel, 2 Fore Street is a relaxed and stylish bistro-style restaurant on Mousehole harbour front with views across Mount's Bay as well as a beautiful secluded garden.

Rock Pool Café 

The ‘Rock Pool‘ is perched on a cliff above a natural rock pool and filled perfect for homemade cakes and coffee, toasted sandwiches and afternoon tea, with panoramic views of Mount’s Bay.


Mousehole Beach is a small, safe beach located in a sheltered part of the harbor, popular with families with small children.

Eight miles and a 25 minute drive away is the spectacular Porthcurno beach described by some as a paradise, with fine soft white sand washed by a sea that turns turquoise in the sun and high cliffs on both sides providing shelter.


It’s 10 miles and a 25 minute drive to Sennen Cove a great surf spot all year round with its crystal clear water and the swell coming straight in from the Atlantic.


Walking is a brilliant way to experience the beauty of the area, however, the walks in this stretch of coastline can be challenging. The most popular is from Lamorna Cove to Mousehole passing through several nature reserves. There are various footpaths in the area in addition to the coastal path running from Mousehole through Lamorna to Porthcurno which is well worth exploring for the stunning views of the rugged coastline.

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