Polperro is a large unspoilt fishing village located along the Polperro Heritage Coastline in South East Cornwall. The village sits amongst the steep hillside and around a small picturesque harbour with a rich history associated as a smugglers haunt. It is like stepping back in time with a jumble of quaint colour washed fishermen's cottages, narrow twisting cobbled streets and laid back pace of life. Much of the village dates to the 13th century, history is evident throughout with the Saxon and Roman bridges, the famous House on Stilts, the old Watch House, the fish quay, the 13th century Lansallos Church, and the 16th century house where Dr. Jonathan Couch lived. It is worth noting that visitors are not allowed to drive their cars in the village, it is about half a mile walk through the village to reach the harbour side.
It is still a working fishing harbour full of colourful boats, you can watch from the harbour in the evening to see the fishermen return with their catches of crab, lobster and a variety of fish.
Polperro is a popular setting for artists owing to its spectacular views of land and sea, its natural light and the natural beauty that abounds here in this Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty. There are several galleries in the village selling the work of local artists.
Independent quirky shops feature here selling unusual souvenirs and are ideal for indulging in a spot of retail therapy.
Polperro Model Village is a replica of Polperro in miniature with model railway. The museum provides an accurate depiction of the village and there is a video about the flood damage done to the village in 1976 as well as a short history of Cornwall. It does not take long to get around.
Polperro Harbour and Heritage Museum is located next to the harbour in an old fish processing warehouse and is well worth a visit. It narrates and brings the rich history of the village and its association with fishing and smuggling to life, packed with information, pictures, artefacts, ship models and exhibits. You will even find some unique knitwear here.
Polperro Beach is a small sandy beach just outside the main breakwater, and away from the hustle and bustle. It is sheltered by the cliffs and is accessed by steep steps, it is safe and popular with families. Nearby are some beautiful beaches including Talland Bay beach, Lansallos beach and Lantic Bay.
Home to a unique tidal sea pool, this can be found at the foot of Chapel Cliff. It is effectively a giant rock pool and is accessible from about half tide, access is by means of steep steps carved into the cliff. It is well worth the effort to get here.
There are plenty of places to eat and relax during a visit, you can choose from fish and seafood restaurants, fine and casual dining, bistros and brasseries, gastro pubs and café bars you are literally spoiled for choice. Menus feature freshly caught fish and seafood or local produce ensuring the finest flavours and freshness. There are places to suit all tastes and budgets.
When it comes you entertainment you won't be disappointed with a number of events taking place throughout the year, the most notable are Open Studios Cornwall which runs over a weekend and features sculptors, textile artists illustrators, printmakers, potters and painters. These artists open their studio doors and you can follow the evocative art trail set amongst a range of establishments from fish cellars to cow sheds. You can talk to the artists and buy their works. A great opportunity to explore this creative community.
Polperro Music and Arts Festival is based on an old tradition but, with a modern twist. It involves many of the local artists, the event includes crowning of the mock mayor and parades amongst the narrow streets. With plenty of live music, an arts and craft fair, comedy night, lighting of the solstice bonfire and colourful village carnival, it is a real community festival with entertainment from morning till night, and everyone is welcome, so make sure to get there to enjoy the fun and festivities.
The best way to see the area is by foot and there are numerous walks to make the most of this beautiful region. Take a stroll along the coastal footpaths and admire the stunning views out to sea, discover secluded coves, interesting churches and more. These walks provide access to some wonderful beaches with many of them not getting too busy during the summer months. An exceptional walk is from the village to the town of Looe, it is around five miles along the coastal footpath taking in some stunning scenery.
At the end of a long day exploring you can ride back to the car park on a converted milk float or a cart taxi.
The sea provides its own entertainment and should be explored and experienced, take a fishing trip and try your hand at fishing hopefully you will bring something home. Sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding there is so much to do on the clear surrounding waters. Or simply kick back and relax on a pleasure cruise where you may get to see seals and dolphins. Take a boat trip to neighbouring Fowey and discover another gem.
A wealth of attractions are close by if you feel like venturing further afield including, the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Restormel Castle. These and many more attractions are literally on the doorstep.