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"While Mevagissey stalwarts toiled,
When George-the-Third was king,
They needed oft refreshment,
And constant strengthening.
Ten inns provided stimulant,
Termed tavern"

Frank Baron, Mevagissey Backalong

A picturesque, little fishing town, Mevagissey lies on the Channel just 6 miles south of St. Austell. A sleepy place in winter, Mevagissey comes alive in summer as tourists are drawn here either to relax, fish or simply to absorb its Cornish essence. On your tour, you'll be charmed by the medieval winding streets and narrow alleys leading to Mevagissey Harbour with its sailing yachts and fishing boats.

Mevagissey first comes to light in 1313 as the hamlet of St. Meva and St. Issey. However, excavated remains date a settlement here to as early as the Bronze Age. Traditionally Mevagissey supported itself with a flourishing boat building and fishing industry that was frequently used as a smoke screen to cover an equally healthy smuggling trade. Today, you'll still see fishing boats come and go but all that you'll find of the smugglers are the exhibits in the Mevagissey Museum. If you're interested in fishing, you'll find many of the local fishermen take tourists sea angling, shark or mackerel fishing. If you prefer dry land, Mevagissey makes a great base for walking tours. Other attractions in Mevagissey are the World of Models Railway Exhibition, the Sea-life Aquarium and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Attractions outside Mevagissey
Mevagissey makes a great base to explore some of the remoter and less touristy seaside Cornish towns in the vicinity. Walkers can follow the South West Coast Path which hugs the coast for much of the way and takes you as far as Bohortha near St. Mawes. A mile or so south of Mevagissey is Portmellon, a small quiet sandy cove somewhat off the beaten tourist path. Gorran Haven, lies just a little further south, a former crab-fishing village, it boasts a lovely beach while Vault Beach just half a mile away is even more pleasing. Keep heading south and you'll get to Dodman Point, a beautiful headland marked by a granite cross erected by a local parson in attempt to reduce frequent ship-wrecks. West of here, you'll find Veryan Bay which boasts Hemmick Beach one of the most beautiful Cornwall coves and an excellent spot for a swim. Also of note is Porthluney Cove where your eyes will be drawn to Caerhays Castle. Designed by John Nash and built in 1808, Caerhays Castle is only open in the spring. Continuing along the coast, you'll pass Portloe and come to the pretty village of Veryan with its striking, circular white houses. If touring by car is more your style, St. Austell lies northwest. Another attraction of note in the area is the Eden Project, the largest plant conservatory in the world which was constructed out of free-standing interlocking hexagons.

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Mevagissey : Sightseeing and Attractions

World of Model Railways
A kid's attraction that will delight adults who have never forgotten their youth. At the World of Model Railways you'll see over 2,000 model trains touring through harbours, towns, tin mines with scenes ranging from film sets to weddings. Kids will love seeing Thomas the Tank engine in the Children's Junction and pressing buttons in the Fairground Diorama. You will also get to see the Guiness-breaking Hornby Locomotive and the Garden Railway.
Admission: £3.50 Adults £2.75 Children
Address: World of Model Railways, Meadow Street, Mevagissey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL26 6UL Street Map
Contact: PH 01726 842 475

Mevagissey Aquarium
The Mevagissey Harbour Marine Aquarium is located within an old lifeboat house in Mevagissey Harbour. This attraction is a charity project which is raising awareness and bridging the gap between the fishing industry and the general public. On your tour, you'll see various local species and appreciate the diversity of local marine wildlife. Money collected from the Mevagissey Aquarium initiative is put towards the maintenance of Mevagissey Harbour.
Admission: £Donation Recommended Adults
Address: The Harbour Office, Mevagissey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL26 6QU Street Map
Contact: PH 01726 843305

Mevagissey Museum
Lying at the end of the north quay, the Mevagissey Museum is a surprisingly interesting little museum. The exhibits are displayed in an old boat-building shed which was once to build and repair smugglers' boats. You'll see old tools used in the trade such as a lathe as well as out-moded fishing gear. Life in the 19th and 20th century was not easy for locals at Mevagissey and a good collection of old photographs reveals the duress that villagers experienced here. Amongst a broad range of artefacts you'll also find a display dedicated to Andrew Pears. A barber from Mevagissey, Andrew Pears went to London to seek his fortune. As he plied his trade in the big city, he noted that disgruntled punters complained of the negative effects of harsh, drying soaps. After a little experimentation, Pears Soap, a gentle formula suited to the delicate complexions of the gentry was born. On your tour, you'll also see a Cider Press, manacles, a Cornish Kitchen, Bronze Age artefacts and a Mevagissey Pound note.
Address: Mevagissey Museum, Frazier House, Mevagissey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL26 6TL Street Map
Contact: PH 01726843568

Fowey to Mevagissey Ferry
Winner of the Cornwall Tourism Awards in 2002, the Fowey to Mevagissey Passenger Ferry is renowned for its high standard of customer care. The service runs from the beginning of May till the end of September in good weather conditions. See some of Cornwall's best and take a cruise between Fowey and Mevagissey across St Austell Bay. The Fowey to Mevagissey Ferry leaves from the Lighthouse Quay in Mevagissey and from the Whitehouse Quay in Fowey.
Address: The Harbour Office, Mevagissey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL26 6QU Street Map
Contact: PH 07977 203394

Info CentreMevagissey Tourist Information Centre
The place to buy maps, book your accommodation or tickets for attractions near Mevagissey such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project.
Address: Mevagissey Tourist Information Centre, Mevagissey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL26 6U Street Map
Contact: PH 01726 844857

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