Boscastle

Discover Boscastle

The picturesque fishing village of Boscastle with its medieval past and distinctive natural harbour is one of Cornwall’s most romantic places. It is a village steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty.

Reasons to visit Boscastle...

  • Distinctive natural harbour
  • Surrounding landscape and coastline
  • Picturesque fishing village
  • Steeped in history
  • Associated with authors and artists inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty
  • Abundant in wildlife, dramatic walks and historic features
  • Great potteries and art galleries
  • Fantastic walks and cycling

Things to do in Boscastle

The landscape, coastline and quaint old buildings are undoubtedly the main attraction of the local area. These are made all the more interesting with local potteries, art galleries and the Museum of Witchcraft. Also nearby is sacred site Saint Nectan’s Glen where the River Trevillet has created a magnificent 60 foot waterfall cascading into a beautiful valley.

The area also has a number of gorgeous churches, most dating from Norman times and there are plenty of good walks into the beautiful countryside that start in the village.

In the village... 

As you wander around Boscastle you will begin to notice the quaint old buildings which have been converted into pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Look out for the wonky rooftops and crooked cottages, they have real character. The limekiln and storage buildings give a brief reminder of Boscastle's industrial past.

Walking

Follow in the footsteps of the famous novelist Thomas Hardy by talking the path through the woods up the valley to St. Juliot’s Church. See the Old Rectory where Hardy stayed and met his sweetheart Emma whilst he was an architect working on the church tower.

For fantastic coastal views take the left hand path at the harbour that leads to a slate platform where you can see the ‘Blowhole’ an hour before or after low tide. Boscastle's blow-hole beneath Penally Point is often called the Devil's Bellows. It can be seen thumping and snorting about an hour either side of low tide, blowing a horizontal waterspout halfway across the harbour entrance if the conditions are right.

The Visitor Centre

The National Trust Visitor Centre has an extensive gift shop, tea rooms and the usual visitor information such as maps of the area and non expensive walking trail leaflets.

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★★★★Visit Britain
North Coast > Boscastle
4 star bed and breakfast in Boscastle, a beautiful Cornish village with an Elizabethan harbour. 7 tastefully decorated bedrooms which all enjoy en suite rooms. Comfortable guests’ lounge and licenced bar-library. 

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North Coast > Boscastle
B&B in the heart of the picturesque Cornish harbour village of Boscastle. Adjacent to the tranquil Valency Valley and only yards from the harbour, stunning coastal scenery & quaint old village, character inns, excellent restaurants & quality shops.

North Coast > Boscastle
Beautiful award winning B&B in the romantic historic village of Boscastle on the north coast of Cornwall. Superb location at the entrance to the wooded Valency Valley, close to harbour. 3 double rooms plus self catering studio.

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North Coast > Boscastle > Camelford > Crackington Haven > Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley
In the heart of the countryside 3 miles from the spectacular North Coast. Easy access to all of Cornwall and North Devon. No traffic, no crowds. No more than 10 visitors at any time. 

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North Coast > Boscastle
Enjoy stylish bed and breakfast in a beautiful Georgian house, just a 5 minute walk from the spectacular south west coast path and close to Boscastle harbour. Relax in peaceful, spacious and comfortable accommodation. Visit Britain Gold Award.

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North Coast > Boscastle
Boscastle Holidays offer a choice of 4 peaceful, individually sited self-catering holiday cottages, sleeping 2 - 8, located in, or near Boscastle on the North Cornwall Coast. Close to coast path.

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North Coast > Boscastle
Bridge House is a 200 year old Cornish cottage offering bed and breakfast in the beautiful fishing village of Boscastle, an unusual sheltered harbour owned by the National Trust, with spectacular cliff walks. 

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North Coast > Boscastle
A 350 year old Coach House Bed & Breakfast, which guarantees a warm and friendly welcome. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Tastefully furnished en-suite rooms. Beautiful mature gardens and large patio area. Private parking.

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