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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North Coast > Boscastle > Bude > Camelford > Delabole > Crackington Haven > Tintagel
Self Catering accommodation in Crackington Haven.  A spacious sunny cornish bungalow, tastefully furnished, sleeps 2-5 people. Conservatory, enclosed mature gardens, 3 patios and seating. Quiet location, walking distance to beach. Brochure on request.

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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
'The Riverside' is situated in the beautiful village of Boscastle in North Cornwall and overlooks the River Valency. Nestled in a secluded valley, this B&B offers thirteen bedrooms, catering for walkers, cyclists, day trippers or holiday breaks.

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Bodmin > North Coast > Boscastle > St. Agnes > South Coast > Falmouth > West Cornwall > Lands End > Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin
Cornish hospitality at its very best. Enjoy quality self-catering cottages in Cornwall and farmhouse bed & breakfasts set in idyllic surroundings, close to the sea or deep in the heart of the countryside.

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North Coast > Boscastle
The Wellington Hotel in Boscastle overlooks the harbour in this picturesque fishing village, surrounded by the beautiful north Cornwall coastline. One of Cornwall’s oldest coaching inns dating back to the 16th century.

North Coast > Boscastle > Camelford > Delabole > Port Isaac > Tintagel
This cosy, character cottage with modern amenities and a pretty, private garden is only 1½ miles from the sea. It provides an ideal base for a walking, surfing, fishing, golfing or simply a relaxing family holiday in North Cornwall.

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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
Cargurra offers four star, tradtional cottage and converted barns in a secluded farm setting within the beautiful Valency Valley near Boscastle. Spacious gardens with barbeque, games room with pool and table tennis.

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