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St Mawes

"The quaint little town occupies an almost unrivalled position as a resting place for tired brain workers. It is in fact a natural convalescent home where men and women, weary and worn with city life,"
A. Hayward, Ancient St. Mawes.

A busy yachting harbour, St Mawes is ideally situated on the Roseland Peninsula overlooking the River Fal towards Falmouth. One of Cornwall's finest little villages, quaint St Mawes slopes to the sea with streets lined by pretty thatched cottages, villas and gardens.

Flanked by Carrick Roads and the River Percuil, St Mawes is an old fishing village that has always depended upon the water for its survival. Fishing is no longer as important here as it once was and now the greatest catch of the day is the tourist pound. Picture postcard perfect, St Mawes is blessed with Cornwall's mild climate providing an ideal location for sailing, fishing, swimming and walking. On either side of the harbour at St. Mawes, you'll find two great beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Look to the hillside and you'll see the beautiful, wee Tudor fortification of St. Mawes Castle. Shaped like a clover leaf, St Mawes Castle and its sister Pendennis Castle were built by Henry VIII to protect Carrick Roads, a waterway created during the Ice Age that leads to the third largest natural harbour in the world. Now an ideal spot for sailing and cruising, you'll be able to make your way along the water to Falmouth or as far as Truro.

Attractions around St Mawes
Often described as the the capital of the Roseland, St. Mawes makes a great base for sailing, fishing, walking and exploring other attractions in the area. If you're interested in walking, take a stroll down to the seafront and head on a coastal walk accompanied by the splash of the waves and the cries of sea-gulls. Another option is to take a walk by the Percuil River on National Trust Land. Needless to say, the best way to enjoy the harbour is upon the water. If you can't afford a cruise, jump on a ferry and visit Falmouth or St. Anthony Head with its 1834 lighthouse and beautiful 13th century church of St. Anthony-in-Roseland. Alternatively, you can take the King Harry Ferry to Truro. You'll dock close to Trelissick Garden, a National Trust property noted for its Mediterranean flowers and beautiful woodland walks by the River Fal. If you're exploring the Roseland Peninsula don't miss St. Just-in-Roseland, a little hamlet with a lovely church lying next to a creek just two and a half miles away. Described by by John Betjeman as “the most beautiful churchyard on earth”, the gravestones slope down to the water's edge surrounded by subtropical plants and plant trees. Other villages worth your while in the Roseland Peninsula include Portscatho which lies close to some more good beaches and Veryan famous for its round houses built to confuse the devil!

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St Mawes : Sightseeing and Attractions

St Mawes Castle
A cloverleaf castle built with Pendennis Castle to protect Carrick Roads, St Mawes Castle is one of the best preserved Tudor fortifications in England. Scenically situated, St Mawes Castle also boasts some fine Tudor ornamentation. .. more
Admission: £3.60 Adults £1.80 Children
Address: St Mawes Castle, St Mawes, Cornwall
Postcode: TR2 3AA Street Map
Contact: PH 01326 270526

Classic Sailing
Beautiful calm waters make St Mawes an ideal spot to whet your sails. Classic sailing offer cruises around St Mawes for novices as well as RYA courses for the more experienced sailor. Other sailing destinations on offer are trips to the Isles of Scilly, Brittany and Scotland.
Address: Classic Sailing, Parton Vrane, St Mawes, Cornwall
Postcode: TR2 5ET Street Map
Contact: PH 01872 580 022

Lamorran Gardens
Located in St Mawes, Lamorran Gardens looks out to St Anthony's Head and lighthouse. Planted in 1982, Lamorran Gardens is inspired by Mediterranean and Japanese influences. Water features are ever present throughout this landscape both as a backdrop and in the form of pools and running streams. On your tour of Lamorran Gardens, you'll be able to explore I Gardini Secreti and other intimately secluded areas. More attractions here include a Japanese water-garden, a wishing well, woodland areas, temples, archways and bridges.
Admission: £5 Adults
Address: Lamorran House, Upper Castle Rd, St Mawes, Cornwall
Postcode: TR2 5BZ Street Map
Contact: PH (01326) 270800

Info CentreSt Mawes Tourist Information Centre
The place to book local attractions and accommodation or find out more about other attractions and villages in the Roseland Peninsula.
Address: The Roseland Visitor Centre, The Millennium Rooms,, St Mawes, Cornwall
Postcode: TR2 5AG Street Map
Contact: PH 01326 270440

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