Hotels in Mousehole

Popular for retaining its original character, charm and beauty, Mousehole is a historic fishing village in West Cornwall, three miles west of Penzance.


Mousehole's picturesque harbour is surrounded by narrow streets and lichen covered houses, which huddle together creating a stunning location. Stay amongst it all at a local hotel.

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Hotels in Mousehole

Mousehole is considered one of Cornwall’s prettiest fishing villages, with two small sandy beaches and a long pebble beach. Experience this picturesque village at one of its hotels and enjoy everything you need for a quality break in Cornwall.

All along the harbour road and tucked away up little lanes, you’ll find galleries, gift shops and places to eat. Lose yourself for an hour or two as you wander the maze of narrow streets that always lead back to the sea. With the tide out the harbour becomes a safe sandy beach, popular with families, whilst the sea wall is a great place to promenade and take in the views across to St Michael’s Mount.

So stay a while in Mousehole, explore the narrow streets, soak up the atmosphere and have a pint in the pub, but make sure you call it Mowsul, not Mousehole!


The answers to your all-important Cornish questions.

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  • You can always tell a holiday maker by the way they pronounce certain Cornish placenames... Tintagel, Launceston, Mevagissey, Fowey.... but probably the most common mispronunciation is Mousehole.

    To say it correctly, you need to say Mow-zul..

  • Started in 1963, the small village of Mousehole, on the western side of Mount's Bay has lit up the harbour with a display of lights. Over the years these have increased and grown in size and are now a major attraction in themselves with people coming from far and wide to view them every night.

    There are now over 60 displays using over 7000 bulbs!

    They are switched on around the second weekend in December, illuminating the village until early January. However each December 19th the lights are turned off to remember the brave men who lost their lives when the Penlee Lifeboat and the Union Star were lost in a storm on the Cornish coast in 1981.

    Visitors coming to see the lights should be aware that they may have to park some way from the village and walk into Mousehole as the carparks fill up early.

  • The Mousehole Cat is a popular children's book written by Antonia Barber and published in 1991. It is based on the legend of the Mousehole fisherman Tom Bawcock and his cat who go out into a storm to catch fish for the starving village. When they return all the villagers bake a stargazzy pie to celebrate their safe return..


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