Polperro

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The traditional fishing village of Polperro offers a taste of times gone by set against the backdrop of the dramatic and stunning South East Cornish coastline.

About Polperro

The traditional fishing village of Polperro, set along the dramatic South Cornish coastline between Looe and Fowey, is steeped in maritime history. Wandering its pretty, narrow, winding streets offers a nostalgic taste of times gone by.

For centuries local families here were reliant on “Polperro pilchards” which were sold right across Europe. Nowadays, there is still an active fishing fleet but their catch is more varied. You can sample their wares in a number of local restaurants, pubs and cafes, or simply sit back and watch the fishermen at work in the harbour as you tuck into a fresh crab sandwich.

Polperro has an abundance of small, twisting lanes, most of which are simply not wide enough for modern vehicles. Some are little wider than footpaths, so leave your car in the main car park at Crumplehorn and from here you can walk, catch the bus or even take a horse and cart the half mile down into the village. The traffic-free zones allow you to explore the winding alleys of whitewashed fishermen’s cottages at your leisure.

It’s easy to imagine the hustle and bustle of people with loaded horse & carts rumbling past during Polperro’s smuggling heyday, or the scores of  ladies lining the streets nimbly knitting fishermen’s jumpers, known locally as “knit-frocks”. On the harbour-side you can visit the Polperro Heritage Museum of Fishing and Smuggling to immerse yourself more fully in Polperro’s rich history.

The village and harbour are best seen at high tide, but at low tide, a small beach appears so it’s possible to go for a paddle. The picturesque South West Coast Path runs right through the Polperro. If you walk east along the coast you’ll reach the beautiful Talland Bay, or alternatively hop in your car to visit other nearby sandy beaches including Seaton, Downderry, Lansallos and Lantic Bay. Regular boat trips run from the harbour offering fantastic views of the coastline and day trips to nearby Looe, and you might even spot dolphins and seals on your way!

A holiday cottage in the Polperro offers a wonderfully traditional seaside escape on the dramatic South East Cornish coast.

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Polperro Model Village
(Less than a mile)

An utterly charming day out for the family, Polperro Model Village and Land of Legend is two attractions in one.  The village is, quite literally, the coastal town in miniature and has been around for more than 60 years, surviving both fire and floods – so don’t underestimate the strength of these little guys.  Meanwhile, Land of Legend is your chance to explore Cornish folklore, derived from tales of pirates and smugglers who thrived in and around Cornwall from the early modern period through to the 19th century.  It is a unique show of lights, sound and animation.  The site also houses a model railway, and prices are £3 for adults and £2 for children, open daily from Easter to October.

http://www.polperromodelvillage.com/

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Good attraction for young children rather than older children and adults. The miniature village and Land of Legend are charming (though perhaps a little 'worn' by modern standards). There is an interesting audio/visual on the Polperro floods of 1976 and 1993 and a separate small model railway.

May 2018


Polperro Museum
(Less than a mile)

In The Warren overlooking the harbour, the Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing houses a collection of exhibits and 19th century photographs that date back to a time when both smuggling and fishing thrived in Polperro.  It brings to life the little village’s beautiful history and the lives of the people who lived there, having depended on fishing for generations and been home to no less than three factories close by at one point.  A delightful opportunity for children and adults alike to learn about local history in this little Cornish village, entry is £1.75 for adults and 50p for children.

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I love a bit of local history and if your like minded, you'll enjoy this place. lots of information on the local boats and fishermen. it would take you a while to read it all.

August 2018


Well worth visiting to get a feel and understanding of how the once thriving community of Polperro used to be in former pilchard fishing (and smuggling) days. The old photos and exhibits transport you back to a very different world (though adults will undoubtedly find the museum more interesting than small children).

May 2018


This museum is packed with interesting facts and some great photos, so even though small we spent a good hour there. Definitely worth a visit to learn more on the local history (including about the more recent floods and storms), fishy facts and smuggling tales!

April 2017


Looe Island Nature Reserve
(4 miles)

On an island just off the coast of Looe, the aptly named Looe Island Nature Reserve is brimming with marine wildlife.  The island provides a variety of habitats including woodland, maritime, grassland, sand, shingle and rocky reef, and is part of the Whitsand and Looe Bay Marine Conservation Zone.  Trips run from Easter until around the end of September, although all visits are weather and tide dependent. The crossing via a passenger boat named Moonraker takes 20 minutes and you will then have about two hours to explore.  The return boat fee is £7 per adult and £5 per child, and then there’s a landing fee of £4 per adult and £1 per child.  You can then book guided walks online in advance, which are £25 including the boat and landing fee.  What makes the island so beautiful is its ruggedness and as such there are not any cafes or refreshments available, and dogs are not permitted.  However, there is a compost toilet should you need it. 

http://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/looeisland

 

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Well worth a visit. Well organised and lots of wildlife. There is a £4 landing fee charge in addition to the boat charge.

August 2018


No trip to Looe is complete without this experience . Had a wonderful few hours on the island . The wardens were lovely and very informative . It really was a special place and a must for anyone interested in wildlife .

July 2017


Looe Fishing Trips
(4 miles)

With their trusty boat Lily Lola leading the way, or their new boat Top Cat if you prefer, Looe Fishing Tripsadds a little adventure to your Cornish holiday with fishing jaunts and even shark fishing available. Lily Lola is a Cougar Catamaran, a new and modern boat with the latest electronics, fitted with the latest safety equipment, a life raft and jackets, tea and coffee facilities, an on board toilet and a seating area on deck. Meanwhile, Top Cat is a larger vessel; it's purpose made, has a covered sitting area and is licensed for up to 14 passengers. You can book a group shark fishing trip, or fishing trips with friends or family around Looe Island, taking in the clear blue water and amazing wildlife that occupy the Cornish coastline, all accompanied by a fully qualified skipper.

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Looe Sailing Club
(4 miles)

What would a seaside location be without a little sailing? Looe Sailing Club is a welcoming environment where membership is open to anyone wishing to join the club either as a sailing member or social member. The club fleets currently consist of Mirrors, Redwings, Lasers and Enterprises and they offer training, social events with live music and a hearty atmosphere, and racing championships. Opening times vary throughout the seasons, and for more information take a peek at the website www.looesailingclub.co.uk

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The Buccaneer
(Less than a mile)

Discover traditional dishes in this warm, classically English pub. From the seafood to the wines, meats and ales, you will taste some of the best produce Cornwall has to offer. Take away fish and chips are available.

The Buccaneer, Fore St, Polperro PL13 2QR (Tel: 01503 272699)

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Good food and Yummy pizzas, reasonably priced, friendly people.

August 2018


Very warm welcome. Made to feel at home and a very friendly atmosphere.

July 2018


Great takeaway food

June 2018


The Ship Inn - Polperro
(Less than a mile)

A proper Cornish pub with something for everyone - hearty dishes and a great selection of drinks, including local cask ales. In the summer, this can all be enjoyed in the beer garden and, when the weather isn’t quite up to it, by the cosy log fire.

The Ship Inn, Fore St, Polperro, Looe PL13 2QR (T: 01503 272453)

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Good live music

June 2018


A lovely traditional and friendly pub. We visited several times during our stay, including twice for a meal, and were made to feel very welcome. Brilliant jukebox!

September 2017


Couch's Great House
(Less than a mile)

Enjoy an artfully prepared, modern British evening meal in this sophisticated restaurant. All ingredients are locally sourced where possible.

Couch's Great House Saxon Bridge, Big Green, Polperro, Looe PL13 2QT (Tel: 01503 272554)

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Fabulous.

June 2018


Been a regular visitor since the restaurant opened, every year in fact. Best place for relaxing atmosphere,fine food and a sense of occasion. Best way to end a week in Polperro. Good value and a great chef/owner.

March 2017


Michelle's Restaurant
(Less than a mile)

A local and visitor hotspot, this restaurant creates an intimate, cosy ambience combined with tasty dishes and great service.

Michelle's Restaurant, Little Green, Looe PL13 2RF (Tel: 01503 272459)

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This is a real gem.Sunday lunch was delicious with loads of veg and great gravy.We returned later in our stay for an evening meal,same friendly welcome and superb fresh freshly caught fish.The chocolate bread and butter pudding....wow! Be sure to book or you could be disappointed.

October 2018


Excellent food and very good lady owner. Top marks.

July 2018


we loved this place! the food was excellent. We went to a number of excellent places in cornwall (fifteen, rick steins plus several local places) and this was by far the best. The food was 'home cooking' style but beautifully down using superb ingredients, the portions were huge (too big!) and the service very friendly and welcoming. Whats more, it was just on the door step. I would say this is a must visit for anyone going to polperro.

June 2018


Had two lovely fish meals here and would recommend to anyone who enjoys fish as Michelle's husband is the fisherman so a good selection of very fresh fish and lovely friendly staff

June 2018


Just had dinner here tonight. Food off the chart fabulous. Michele is an amazing Chef

May 2018


Best food in polperro :)

October 2017


Delicious food and friendly helpful staff. It's a good idea to book a table. We were lucky enough to get a table on spec on Thursday and booked for Friday right after!

August 2017


Great food, fantastic staff well worth a visit you won't be Dissapointed but book early as gets fully booked.

July 2017


We enjoyed a delicious meal at Michelle's and it was a real treat to take our well behaved dog into a restaurant. Staff and customers all very friendly - altogether a memorable evening.

July 2017


Had a really good Sunday lunch here. Food nicely cooked & presented. Friendly and attentive service would highly recommend.

June 2017


Enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch here, food cooked and presented nicely. Friendly and efficient service too. Highly recommend.

June 2017


Excellent on both visits, good ingredients well cooked and presented

April 2017


The House on the Props
(Less than a mile)

Enjoy superb English breakfasts, light lunches, afternoon teas and dinner in a cosy, nautical environment. The menus consist of a wide range of locally sourced produce and fresh fish specials created using what’s landed that day.

The House on the Props, Talland Street, Polperro, Looe, Cornwall PL13 2RE (T: 01503 272310)

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rubbish for the extra go to Milly's near the crumpelhorn. at the entrance to Polperro

July 2018


Gorgeous food and extremely friendly staff

June 2018


Such a great atmosphere and friendly staff..amazing food!

August 2017


Fantastic food and lovely hosts. Dog friendly too!

June 2017


Polperro Beach
(Less than a mile)

In South East Cornwall, Polperro is widely thought to be one of the area’s most picturesque fishing villages.  Brimming with whitewashed cottages all the way down the harbour, the beach sits in a sheltered position under the cliffs, only visible at low tide and close to the harbour.  Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular destination and can get busy in the summer months.  Dogs are not permitted at the beach during peak season, from Easter to October, and while parking in the village itself is all but impossible, but there’s a large car park about a mile up the valley with a regular shuttle service going up and down the hill.

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Easy access, dog ok

October 2018


We visited Polperro harbour/beach with our springer spaniel and although the write-up says no dogs allowed, they are allowed, just on a lead between 10am and 6pm, although beach is small, the sea is safe to swim in and not full of huge rocks, lovely ????

August 2018


Lovely clean small beach.

May 2018


Polperro is a magic place. It is so pretty with its winding streets and old cottages and the harbour with its fishing boats. The residents are so friendly and welcoming and there’s a wide choice of restaurants and cafes. I particularly recommend Michelle’s for fantastic food and a real welcome. As a woman on my own I dined there, as elsewhere, with no feeling of awkwardness. Breakfast at the House on the Props just unbeatable! Spring is one of the best times to visit for the wonderful coastal walks and the masses of wild flowers. When you visit, think about the parking situation before you go as it needs organising, but many rentable cottages have spaces provided in the main car park and PauI who runs a little motorised transport system for luggage is very helpful and reliable. I am one of the thousands of people who just love Polperro and every time I visit feel a great reluctance to leave.

May 2018


Enjoyed the harbour etc and all the shops but had dogs so did not visit the beach but a beautiful setting.

June 2017


really lovely, a must visit desination.

May 2017


Talland Bay
(2 miles)

A small, quiet beach between Looe and Polperro, Talland Bay actually comprises two beaches, one of which has sand both at low and high tide and is good for swimming all the time, while the other is less sandy and is easiest to swim from at high tide.  There is a ramp for launching boats from the main beach and there are lots of small coves and tidal pools to swim in as well, so it’s a delightful area to explore in the water.  Parking is limited, but there is a small, free car park by the beach and paid parking at The Beach Café, all of which provide easy access to the sand.  Thanks to the nearby café, visitors can also benefit from the accompanying facilities, on-site shop, and tuck into Roskillys Cornish Ice-Cream as well.

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A lovely place to walk too on the way to Looe. Hard work back up the hill to polperro, bit it's worth it!

October 2018


The coastal walk from Polperro to Talland Bay is outstanding. As both are scenic, (and Talland Bay benefits from an excellent cafe and free toilets), it makes for an excellent morning or afternoon trip in good weather.

May 2018


Lovely beach,beautiful walk from Polperro. Dogs requested to be kept on leads (which I suppose is preferable to a ban!). Families seem to use this beach alot.

May 2018


An interesting beach at low tide and lovely views.

April 2018


Brilliant. Bit seaweedy. Wear beach shoes incase of weever fish stings.

August 2017


Great beach pet friendly beach with rock pools etc for the dogs to explore

June 2017


Looe Beach
(4 miles)

In East Looe, the beach sits directly in front of the old town, sheltered by the Banjo Pier and overlooked from the east by the hillside of Mount Ararat.  A good family beach that has something for everyone, at low tide the sandy location is safe for swimming although it’s recommended you steer clear of the river mouth beyond the pier.  The beach backs on to a seafront walkway which runs its length all the way to Second Beach to the east, where it tends to be less busy and it’s good for snorkeling.  As it’s in the centre of the town there are lots of facilities and cafes nearby, but in the summer it’s a very popular spot and parking can be tricky, with traffic prohibited during these months, so be prepared for a bit of a walk.

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A wonderful place to sit relax eat an ICECREAM or a pastie, if the seagulls will let you! Perfect beach x

August 2018


You cannot fail to love Looe beach, early morning, during the day or for and evening stroll. A super clean beach.

May 2018


Lovely sandy beach. No dogs allowed but there is a small cove at the far end which allows dogs to enjoy their holiday too with a dip in The English Channel.

May 2018


Looe beach and seafront is cleaned every day (in season?) and looks good. A joy to sit and watch the sea and people passing by.

April 2018


Really good! Good sand and sea. Activities for the kids too. Difficult to get to cos no parking nearby.

August 2017


Lovely beach and even when it was busy didn't feel overcrowded

August 2017


Lantivet Bay
(4 miles)

Between Polruan and Polperro along the coastal path, Lantivet Bay is only accessible at low tide when a sand and pebble beach is revealed.  Parking is in the National Trust car park at Polruan, where there are toilets as well, but there aren’t any facilities closer to the beach itself.  Dogs are allowed all year round, which is lovely as it’s the perfect beach to incorporate into a walk.  The National Trust recommends a charming circular route, starting in the car park and taking in 2.4 miles of beautiful bays and surrounding landscape, and giving you the chance to explore the area with its rich smuggling heritage.

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Hannafore Beach
(4 miles)

Half a mile west of Looe, stretching along the coast, Hannafore Beach is a sandy, shingle bay with a rocky reef and views of St George’s Island.  At low tide it’s brimming with rock pools, making it fun and games for the whole family to enjoy, and it’s a wonderful sun trap in summer months thanks to its south east facing position.  Because of its location over the river, the beach never really becomes too busy, but equally there aren’t any facilities nearby.  It’s popular with dog walkers as it’s amongst the few dog-friendly beaches in the area, and having explored you can extend your excursion to a stroll along the promenade or a potter around the coast path to the wonderfully scenic Talland Bay.  There is roadside parking along the sea front above the beach, but it can be difficult to find a space.  Alternatively, there is a large car park in West Looe, around 10 minutes away on foot.

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Lovely for the dogs!

August 2018


Really nice beach and walk

June 2018


An interesting beach, but beware the incoming tide !

April 2018


Great beach. Good view of looe island. Loads of shells to collect. Lots of dog walkers tho!

August 2017


One of the many dog friendly beaches we visited lovely coastal walks to Talland Bay the nature reserve island is very interesting great refreshments available and not forgetting the free parking available all day which is very useful.

June 2017

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