Hotels in Mevagissey
Mevagissey, a traditional fishing village, in Cornwall has a history that can be traced back to the Bronze Age. Book a Mevagissey hotel with us and discover this Cornish delight destination.
The original settlement goes back at least as far as the Bronze Age and two burial urns from that era were discovered nearby. Once the centre of the county's pilchard fishery, Mevagissey still has a working harbour complete with its coterie of small fishing boats. As long ago as 1745, the town has been associated with boat-building.
By the sea
A great way to see this part of the Cornish coast is to travel by ferry to the attractive port of Fowey further up the shore. Mevagissey is, of course, ideal for fishing and one of the best ways to ensure a catch is by chartering a boat from which you'll have the opportunity to land wrasse, dogfish, conger eels, spurdogs and much more. And within the old RNLI lifeboat house on the harbour is Mevagissey Aquarium. Despite its relatively small size, it packs a lot in with tanks brimful of coastal fish, lobsters, crabs and starfish.
In 1745, in the days when smuggling was rife, a boat builder's yard was constructed in the town. One of its buildings was turned into a museum whose three floors contain a huge variety of artefacts telling the story of the village. This charming museum, with its wooden beams and quirky-but- fascinating displays is enhanced by the knowledgeable team of volunteers who run it.
Less than six miles south west of Mevagissey you'll find Caerhays Castle. Built in the early-19th century, this grand manor house overlooks Porthluney Cove. The gardens are renowned for its rhododendrons and camellias, as well as having the largest collection of magnolias in England.
Eating and drinking in Mevagissey
There's a great choice of eateries in the town, particularly those that capitalise on its seaside location. The Harbour Tavern is a free house with a wide range of ales, including Cornish brews, and the menu always includes a Catch of the Day. You'll find two bars within The Fountain, both serving St Austell Brewery ales as well as "the freshest seafood". The Salamander Restaurant specialises in locally caught fish and is popular for its friendly atmosphere as well as its menu. And a good place to grab a tea or coffee is No 5 in Market Square.
Shopping in and around Mevagissey
Mevagissey has a number of shops selling all sorts from arts and crafts, angling gear, books and fashion. And of course, this being Cornwall, you'll find lots of fudge, made from a variety of recipes, that comes in all kinds of flavours.
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