Things to do in Looe

Looe, a charming coastal town in south-east Cornwall, offers a delightful mix of activities for visitors. The picturesque harbour is at the heart of the town, with quaint shops and an array of restaurants and cafes lining either side of the river. With beaches, heritage, and delicious seafood, Looe has all you need for a quality day out in Cornwall.

East Looe Beach

Seaside Charm

You're never far from the beach in Looe. Just a short stroll from the town centre is East Looe Beach, a soft sandy beach popular with families. This particular beach is a sun trap, perfect for whiling away the day during the summer. Across the river, you'll find Hannafore Beach, a shingle beach perfect for rockpooling. Other's lie just a stone's throw from the town, including Talland Bay.

The town has a rich maritime heritage and is still a working fishing port. The Harbour Heritage Centre offers a fascinating insight into Looe's maritime history and is well worth a visit.

In the evening, sample the award-winning seafood the area is renowned for. Whether you grab fish and chips on the go, sitting by the harbour watching the fishing fleet, or dine on delicious fresh seafood in a local restaurant - you won't be disappointed!

Looe Valley Line
The Looe Valley Line links the bustling market town of Liskeard with the picturesque fishing port of Looe.

Take the scenic train to Looe

Swap tedious traffic for gorgeous views. Head to Liskeard station by train on the Cornish main line or arrive by car.

Then take the scenic 30-minute ride to Looe. The highlight of the journey is the final stretch as the train travels alongside the estuary on the approach to Looe.

Travel at high tide for fantastic views across the water or at low tide to spot the estuary's little egrets, grey herons, oystercatchers, curlews and more.

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Talland Bay Beach

The seaside town of Looe keeps visitors entertained all year round. With a mix of sand and shingle beaches, maritime heritage, quaint shops, and the most delicious seafood - it's no wonder Looe is loved by all who visit. Find out what you can get up to and plan your trip today.

  • It's an argument that's been going on for hundreds of years, and not one Visit Cornwall wishes to take sides on!

    East Looe is the bigger of the two former towns. It has the most shops and a nice sandy beach. However, many prefer West Looe as it is a little quieter and if you know where to go, the beach at Hannafore provides lots of hidden corners for sunbathing, it's also great for rockpooling.

    We have been informed the local saying is "One's the moneyside and one's the sunnyside" but which is which we are not sure?

  • It depends which beach, the main sandy beach at East Looe has a dog ban all year around, whereas Hannafore Beach at West Looe is fine for dogs.

  • No, but then again it is generally a safe beach with gently sloping sand and usually sheltered from big waves and currents.

    Visitors should be aware that jumping from the pier is not allowed and dangerous.

    Also you should not swim in the river.

  • No, and many would say it doesn't need one. There are four convenience stores dotted around East and West Looe and several bakers (Good for pasties!), a greengrocer (which also sells meat), a fishmonger and a health food shop.

    If you are really desperate for a supermarket, there's a couple at Liskeard, eight miles away.

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