Some ideas

While in the area

For many wandering round Mousehole is enough.  An iconic Cornish harbour, with decent cafés and restaurants, and galleries hidden in its network of tiny streets.

For those who aim to move further afield, here are a few ideas and helpful websites, including the wonderful Minack open air theatre, a wonder of West Cornwall and just 15 minutes away.

Coastal Walking

Seaside painting breaks

Tate St. Ives

A Sculpture Garden and Cafe

Gardens and houses and mounts          

Theatre under the Stars

Stones and bones

Beaches in West Cornwall 

A Gallery in St. Just

St Ives Penzance



Some of the world’s most awe-inspiring coastline is right on our doorstep. Wander out of the back of Mousehole and be on top of the cliffs in little more than ten minutes. Stirring stuff, we promise.

Before you come, plan foraging walks with Caroline Davey (Fat Hen) or more serious walking of the Coastal Footpath. Or, as most of us do, decide after breakfast what you feel like doing.

If you'd like to arrange luggage transfers between your pitstops, do call our friends at Cornwall Luggage Transfers.


For us, a drive to The Gurnard's Head almost qualifies as an adventure sport.  But for those with greater ambition, this isn't a bad area.

If you're ever going to give surfing a go, Sennen Beach just might be the place.  Or, to explore Penwith on two wheels, these brilliant people can drop a bike off with us.  And if you're happy to test the good humour of Neptune, head off dolphin watching with this team.  

Pitstops and Playpens

A brilliant B&B near Wincanton

A perfect pub on Exmoor

Grub and Gaudi off the A303

Walled garden lunch south of Bristol

....but many still swear by the Golden Arches on Hamburger Hill on the B3275 exit near Indian Queens. We couldn't possibly comment.



The Newlyn and St. Ives schools, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallace, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton. The names from yesteryear roll off the tongue but the inheritance remains in good hands.

From the more famous Tate St. Ives and Hepworth galleries, to independents such as Essex Tyler here in Mousehole, Penlee in Penzance and Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange there is enough to keep the art lover busy for days on end.

Maritime Matters

Just north of Land’s End, Sennen Cove is the best known beach in the area. Long, sandy and popular with surfers, it has a great café.

We have our own favourite coves on this more protected coastline. Often a longish walk down the cliffs, but always worth it. Ask us about it when you stay.

If you’d like to go mackerel fishing, we can try to organise it for you, or join one of our Sailing Days in August.  More on our Latest page. 

“This is old fashioned Cornwall as it used to be: get down here before the Brora brigade invades”
Ticky Hedley-Dent, Conde Nast Traveller
iescape CTA Michelin Guide Sawdays
Tel: 01736 731 222
The Old Coastguard, The Parade, Mousehole
Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6PR