Mevagissey

Discover Mevagissey 

Narrow streets and steep valley sides lead down to the centre of the old Mevagissey where the distinctive twin harbour provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats that land their daily catch of skate, lobster, plaice and sole. In typical picture postcard style, pubs, cafes, galleries and shops cluster around the harbour walls and line the pretty streets. Named after two Irish saints, St Meva and St Issey, the village dates back to at least 1313 and during the 1800s Mevagissey prospered on the back of the abundant source of pilchards out to sea. Around the maze of streets you’ll find plenty of seafood restaurants that the village is renowned for and there is nothing more sublimely Cornish than tucking into some local scallops and mackerel and ending the evening with a walk along the harbour wall with lights of the village twinkling on the water.

Things to do in Mevagissey

  • Learn all about the history of the village at the Mevagissey Museum on the harbour. Stacked to the gunwales with memorabilia and local artefacts, the museum brings the history of the village to life
  • Experience Mevagissey Feast Week - a wonderful festival, though to be the longest surviving in Cornwall, with a blend of traditional and contemporary events which bring the community and visitors together to share in the celebrations.
  • Mevagissey Aquarium is full of fascinating marine life and is situated on the West side of the harbour 
  • At Mevagissey Model Railway any child is going to be fascinated by the dozens of trains whizzing past tiny houses and people set against a detailed backdrop. There’s an alpine scene, a harbour and Cornish tin mine and a Junior Junction layout featuring all the kids’ railways favourites. They can even have ago at operating some of the larger trains themselves 
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan once billed as the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ of horticulture, underwent its famous restoration after decades of neglect and now brims with an amazing array of sub- tropical flowers, trees and plants 
  • Swim at Gorran Haven beach a few miles from the village. One of the attractive and safest places to plunge into the water, the beach here is secluded below high cliffs and shelters in a narrow gorge that heads down from the lush south coast countryside 
  • Cycle or walk on the Pentewan trail through to St Austell. An easy-going 5 mile round trip from the beach at Pentewan to the village of London Apprentice and back. The trail runs along the bed of an old narrow gauge railway which once took clay and tin ore to the harbour at Pentewan until it silted up and the railway ceased operation in 1916. Bikes can be hired at Pentewan 
  • Polmassick Vineyard was the first to be planted in Cornwall over 30 years ago and today its well established vines produce consistently good vintages. Enjoy a glass of local wine, take a tour and stock up with some of the Polmassick’s white, rose, red, sparkling and dessert wines 
  • Take the ferry on a 35 minute trip up the coastline to Fowey. See the fabulous south coast from a bobbing boat while watching out for dolphins, huge basking sharks and seals sunbathing on the rocks 

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South Coast
5 star park located on the stunning south coast of Cornwall. Accommodation ranges from luxury lodges to grass camping pitches. Incredible sea views, swimming pool and play areas, near the beach, AA Holiday Campsite of the Year 4 times. 

South Coast
Small family park in the Pentewan Valley, near St Austell. Flat level park with touring pitches. Static vans for hire weekly/daily. Free internet. Indoor heated pool. Cycle off road to the beach. Beautiful play area plus lots of little extra facilities.

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South Coast
A five star campsite, which is dog friendly and ideally located next door to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan and offers modern, self-catering holiday homes and spacious grass or hard-standing pitches well laid out amongst lawns and shrubs. 

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South Coast
In a tranquil setting, The Vean nestles in the wooded Porthluney Valley, with stunning views over Caerhays Castle gardens. Its idyllic rural location is less than a mile from Porthluney beach.

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South Coast
Stylish award-winning hotel in Mevagissey, spectacular location, magnificent sea views, surrounded by beautiful unspoilt scenery, sandy coves & sheltered bays. Walking distance to harbour. Some rooms with balcony/private terrace. Restau

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South Coast > Mevagissey
Whether you are looking for a special romantic break, a base for exploring Cornwall or a family beachside holiday, Trevalsa is the perfect boutique hotel, with the perfect location in Mevagissey.

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