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
A comfortable furnished cottage in a superb position overlooking the harbour and St Austell Bay. Two minutes walk to harbour and village. There is a south facing sun terrace and a large modern conservatory.

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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 > Mevagissey
Quality farmhouse B&B on working farm set in open countryside and 1.5 miles from Mevagissey in South Cornwall. 

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South Coast > Mevagissey
Superbly situated at the top of Polkirt Hill, this B&B must have one of the best views in Cornwall, looking over both the inner and outer harbours and miles of Cornish coastline.

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South Coast > Mevagissey
Luxury Accommodation by the Sea! Five star licensed guest accommodation overlooking the peaceful, sandy cove of Portmellon, near Mevagissey. 

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South Coast > Mevagissey
Family run guest house just minutes from the picturesque harbour of Mevagissey in South Cornwall.

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South Coast
Ideally located directly on the beautiful south coast of Cornwall, the five star rated Pentewan Sands offers families and couples a host of quality accommodation options, excellent all-weather facilities and a range of on-site eateries. 

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South Coast
Gorran Haven - Comfortably furnished bungalow with large garden and ample parking, sleeps 4. Situated in a quiet position, 150 yards from beaches, harbours and shops.

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