Mousehole is a picturesque fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall, just a few miles west of the market town of Penzance.
Mousehole a village in Cornwall was formally called, Porth-Enys, this means ‘port of the island’ which at the time was a reference to St Clements Isle, the low rocky reef that lies offshore and where a hermit is said to have once tended a guiding light. What was once a market town, in 1595 was burned down by Spaniards during the Spanish raid. Fast-forward and Mousehole is a fully working pilchard fishery. There are still over 70 commercial fishing boats based in Mousehole and most mainly fish for pilchard.
To explore and learn more about Mousehole’s fascinating history why not take part in the Mousehole Guided Heritage Walk? The 1h 30m tour will immerse you in everything from, scenery to history!
Mousehole has two small beaches. At low tide you’ll be able to sit on a small patch of sand on the harbour and watch the boats go to and from the harbour. Near Newlyn, on the other side of town you’ll be able to explore a pebbly beach which is bursting with local wildlife which is perfect for crabbing and fishing!
The beach is well-maintained and has stunning views in all directions. RNLI Lifeguards do not cover this area. Please be aware of tide times. This is subjected to Covid-19 regulations, and we cannot guarantee that these will be open during your visit.
Mousehole is a vibrant village bursting with culture, heritage, and some fantastic shops. The village has a range of shops needed for the perfect day out including but not limited to, café’s, restaurants, takeaways, seaside beach shops, gift shops and so much more! Our favourite place to stop by is the Four Teas Café and here we like to overindulge in cakes, sandwiches and pastries. It’s the perfect destination for some Cornish homemade goodies!
In the summer months you can expect ice cream vans located near the harbour and inside the village…who else is craving Kelly’s Cornish ice cream?
Mousehole has 3-4 car parks based around the fishing village. The parking spaces are subject to availability, and we suggest arriving before peak hours. Day tickets and hourly tickets can be purchased, and prices may vary. Due to Mousehole having very narrow streets and at times being very busy the car parks are your only option.
Mousehole has many uneven surfaces and steep hills however, there are slipways leading to the beaches which are on both sides of the harbour. The slipway leading from the car parks to the village centre are easy to manage.
Dog restrictions may occur during the summer months. Please note that this is subjected to change.