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Mousehole Cornwall

Mousehole Cornwall

Boats in Mousehole harbour Mousehole Cornwall

Mousehole is a picturesque harbour village on Mount's Bay in Cornwall. Pretty stone cottages line the narrow streets making their way from the harbour. Mousehole is a lovely village to visit and there are plenty of places to eat and galleries and gift shops to look in.

Mousehole Cornwall has a walled stone harbour, which is almost circular. In winter wooden beams can be brought down to cover the harbour entrance and protect Mousehole from high tides. You can walk around the harbour wall and take in the stunning views of Mount’s Bay, St Michael’s Mount Marazion Cornwall and St Clement's Isle - a small rocky island, said to have once been the home of a hermit. There is a small beach beside the harbour and over the far harbour wall is a stone / rock beach which, although not really for sitting on, can be explored (with care!) as there are plenty of rock pools. View Mousehole photo gallery.

When you are ready for something to eat or drink The Old Coastguard has fantastic sea views, changing seasonal menu, well stocked bar and choice of hot drinks. Dogs are welcome too.

There are lots of gift shops, galleries and eateries in Mousehole and look out for the things people are selling from outside their homes such as shells, food and plants.

On entering Mousehole from Newlyn Cornwall a tidal rock swimming pool can be seen at low tide, which looks as though can still be used although I have not used or seen the pool in use so this would have to be investigated for yourself. At Christmas the Harbour is alight with a wonderful display of Christmas lights including boats, angels, a water spouting whale, a sea serpent and of course the Mousehole Cat. The lights are funded by donations. The annual Sea Salts and Sail - maritime festival is also held at Mousehole.

When visiting Mousehole make sure you have a look round the Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital and sanctuary. Funded entirely by donations Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital treats around 1,500 birds each year with the aim of nursing them to health and releasing them back in to the wild, where this is not possible they are given a home at the Mousehole sanctuary, there are about 100 permanent residents. Open most days from 10.30-4.30 and admission is free (although donations very welcome).
Raginnis Hill, Mousehole, Cornwall TR19 6SR
Tel: 01736 731386

Tom Bawcock's Eve, which falls on the day before Christmas Eve, is celebrated in Mousehole by a procession of lanterns through the village and Starry-gazy Pie being served up in the Ship Inn. The tale goes that the seas were treacherous and the villagers were unable to fish. The bad conditions continued leaving the villagers starving. Tom Bawcock was the only person to dare brave the sea. He returned (helped by his cat) with several types of fish to feed the starving villagers. The fish were packed into a Starry-gazy pie, so called because the fish are baked whole with their heads gazing to the stars through the pie pastry top, and shared around the villagers.

The book the Mousehole cat written by Antonia Barber and illustrated by Nicola Bayley is based on the story of Tom Bawcock and has made Mousehole famous around the world. The book tells the tale of how Tom's cat sang to the sea to allow his safe return with the fish to Mousehole.

The roads in Mousehole Cornwall are very narrow and traffic, particularly in the summer, causes great problems in the village and therefore I would suggest that you park on the road leading to Mousehole from Newlyn (although make sure you are in walking distance) or the car park just on the outskirts of the village. This should make yours and the villager’s lives easier. Mousehole is on the bus route. The nearest train station is Penzance Cornwall. You will find public toilets by the harbour.

There is a Bench overlooking the harbour Mousehole placed in memory of the artist Jack Pender who was from Mousehole. Jack Pender’s grandfather was also an artist from Mousehole, although he did not start painting until he was 75! Jack took over his grandfather’s studio and followed in his footsteps as an artist.

In 1595 four galleys carrying 200 Spanish soldiers approached and raided Mousehole, burning the village to the ground. Outside the only surviving building the then Keigwin Arms is a plaque stating “Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here 23rd July 1595 defending his house against the Spaniards.”

The last person reported to have spoken nothing but Cornish, Dolly Pentreath, is said to have died in Mousehole in 1777 and there is a memorial to her in the Church yard at the St Pol de Leon Church at Paul, the building of which can be seen from the surrounding area. A plaque marks her home opposite Keigwin House.

Dylan Thomas spent his honeymoon in Mousehole in 1938 and it is said that it provided the inspiration for his famous play Under Milk Wood.

Mousehole Cornwall is a lovely village and well worth a visit. Read more about Mousehole Cornwall.

Mount's Bay is a beautiful Bay to explore read about a day around Mount's Bay


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