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Top 10 things to do in Polperro
Whether you're travelling with kids or looking to take a romantic break, be entranced by the stunning sea views and local charm of this Cornish treasure.
Step back in time and explore one of the most popular places in Cornwall. Just south of Looe, Polperro is a stunning hidden gem on Cornwall’s South East coastline, an unspoilt, ancient fishing village with its quaint buildings and cottages, and narrow, cobbled streets overlooking a small, picturesque harbour.
And there’s so much more to Polperro than stunning seascapes and harbour views – to get you in the mood for a magical break, check out our top 10 list of things to do…
Make a day of it and book an unforgettable fishing trip or pleasure cruise to Fowey and Looe. Have your cameras at the ready when returning to Polperro harbour - it’s a sight to behold, especially if you’re returning with your very own ‘catch of the day’. It will certainly make for a holiday highlight!
With breathtaking views as far as the eye can see, whatever the season, there are several routes to choose from around Polperro. One of the most stunning in the area is the 5-mile coastal path from Polperro to Looe, via the stunning Talland Bay - offering dramatic views out to sea and plenty of opportunities to grab a photo or two!
Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing
Polperro is packed with history, including great tales of smuggling and fishing – so why not take a trip to the Polperro Heritage Museum, which is home to a fascinating collection of photographs and memorabilia depicting this Cornish village’s extraordinary history and many of the people who featured in it?
Polperro is situated close to many family-friendly beaches, with its very own just outside the harbour wall (visit at low tide). Just a short, 10-minute drive away, you could venture to the beautiful and quiet dog-friendly beach in Lansallos, or turn right and visit the well-renowned beach with golden sands at East Looe Beach, only 11 minutes away – there really is something for everyone.
Polperro Model Village
Families have been enjoying the delights of the Polperro Model Village and Land of Legend for over 60 years – discover the village of Polperro in miniature and learn about the Cornish myths and legends surrounding this spectacular town.
Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary
In nearby Looe, take a small detour to The Monkey Sanctuary and explore this stunning, nine-acre attraction with gardens - a safe haven for 40 monkeys rescued from situations of abuse and neglect, each with their distinct characters and personalities.
Tidal Bathing Pool
One not to be missed, the small south-facing natural pool basks in sunshine beneath the picturesque cliffs of Polperro. Although man-made, it has been described as a giant rock pool, so make sure you bring your buckets and nets, and you could find seaweed, starfish and crabs sharing your swim!
* Please note, the steps down the cliff to access the pool are steep.
Take a short, 30-minute car drive and discover one of the most remarkable castles in the UK. Restormel Castle’s 13th century circular structure offers 360-degree views across the valley of the River Fowey, and is a favourite picnic spot for couples and families alike.
A day at Eden is a real adventure. Less than 35 minutes from Polperro Holiday Park (formerly Seaview Holiday Village) by car, the Eden Project is the largest indoor rainforest in the world, and houses over 1 million plants. It offers something for everyone - thrill seekers, food lovers and small children alike will enjoy the space-age Biomes, weird and wonderful plants, intriguing artworks and inventive play spaces.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of Britain's finest restorations - the once-thriving Heligan estate was lost for decades under a tangle of weeds and rediscovered only 30 years ago. Lose yourself in an exotic sub-tropical jungle, atmospheric Victorian pleasure grounds with mysterious sculptures to discover, animals to meet, a Burmese rope bridge and children’s play areas.
Discover Polperro Holiday Park (Formerly Seaview Holiday Village)
Polperro is one of the most popular places in Cornwall – enjoy spectacular seascapes, a picturesque harbour with colourful boats and ancient fishermen’s cottages set on steep hillsides.
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