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Mousehole Town Information

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At one time it was a veritable paradise for smugglers who built their own fast sailing boats to outrun eagle-eyed customs officers.

Hugging a dramatic coastline and sheltered by Mount’s Bay, this is a delightfully relaxed settlement and the epitome of a Cornish fishing village.

Mousehole Harbour South Pier - Photo © Richard Thomson
Mousehole Harbour South Pier -
Photo: Richard Thomson CCL

Mousehole Harbour - Photo © Steven Muster
Mousehole Harbour - Photo: Steven Muster CCL

In the 16th century it was virtually burned to the ground by Spanish looters who left only one building – a pub – standing.

It was also the home of Dolly Pentreath, reputedly the last surviving exponent of the original Cornish language.
The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas described Mousehole as the ‘loveliest village in England’ after honeymooning here in the 1930s.

Mousehole Harbour - Photo © Nigel Smith
Mousehole Harbour - Photo: Nigel Smith CCL