The seaside town of Looe keeps visitors entertained all year round whilst still retaining a working fishing port. Stand on the quayside in the evening and watch the boats return before dining on fresh fish in a local restaurant. The town prides itself on it's fresh fish, and be it award winning fish and chips near the river or gourmet menus in smart restaurants overlooking the harbour, you know you won't be dissapointed.
To work all that food off, Looe is a great place for walking. The South West Coast Path passes through the town, plus there are countless walks in the beautiful countryside, or along the two rivers that flow inland.
For children, a safe sandy beach with rockpools beside it is all they need. Hours of free fun, and if they want to take after mummy and daddy and go fishing, then there's always crabbing from the quayside.
Things to do in Looe
- Looe's main beach offers soft golden sand and slopes gently to provide safe swimming and a regular sun trap. It is easily accessible from the town providing all you need for a relaxing day including cafe's and shops.
- A visit to Looe Museum reveals a collection of smuggling memorabilia, the town’s railway heritage and some wonderful model boats housed in the towns old Guildhall and Gaol. There's even a ghost who lurks in the dark recesses downstairs! Across on the West Looe side of the river, The Old Sardine Factory has recently opened with a heritage centre that compliments the museum, focusing on the towns maritime and fishing history.
- Looe Marine Conservation Group run regular rockpool rambles for kids of all ages. Their website has loads of information, including a what's on listing for wildlife events and encourages visitors to discover, explore and learn about rockpooling, crabbing, snorkelling, bird watching, fishing and visiting Looe Island
- Apes and monkeys rescued from all over the world are looked after by dedicated staff at The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary four miles from Looe. A fascinating and informative refuge for troubled primates
- Looe has a long harbour wall that stretches up to the Victorian bridge and is perfect for catching crabs from. A line, a small bucket, a piece of bacon and a bit of patience is all you need to keep the kids entertained for hours
- Take a trip out to Looe Island, once a holy pilgrimage site, nowadays it's a sanctuary for rare plants and wildlife. It’s here you’ll find a grey seal population sunbathing on the rocks and bobbing up and down in the water. Trips out to the island start around Easter time depending on tides and weather.
- Often reported to be in the top 5 places in the UK to celebrate New Year, thousands of revellers flock to Looe dressed in an array of fabulous costumes to bring in the new year. Plenty of bonhomie topped off with a fantastic firework display on the seafront.
- Fishing is big business in the town and visitors can try their hand with a rod and line on organised mackerel fishing trips close to the shore or for big game hunters, you can take a boat and head down to meet the Gulf Stream 25 miles out to sea to seek out crafty blue sharks.
- Looe Live is the new name for the Looe Music Festival. Held on stages and in bars and cafes around the town, the event is the last big music festival of the year and promises to have everybody going home happy!
Useful Looe links
Looe Tourist Information Centre
Whats on in Looe
Things to do in Looe
Looe holiday accommodation
Looe caravan sites
Looe holiday parks
Looe self catering