Things to do
Looe is a very quaint, pretty coastal town with a beautiful sandy beach and a thriving fishing port. Several fish dealers operate from the docks of East Looe. With its fleet of small fishing boats returning their catches to port daily, Looe has a reputation for producing excellent fresh fish. The town is also a centre for shark fishing, and is the home of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain. Many boats offer sightseeing tours along the beautiful coastline and to Looe Island, as well as fishing and shark fishing trips.
Looe centres around a small harbour and along the steep-sided valley of the River Looe which flows between East and West Looe to the sea beside a sandy beach. Off shore to the west, opposite the stonier Hannafore Beach, lies the idyllic St George’s Island, otherwise known as Looe Island. Looe’s main business today is tourism with a large number of pubs, restaurants, and shops.
…centres on its broad sandy beach with the distinctive Banjo Pier. Stretching back from here is a grid of narrow streets forming the ancient centre of the town, packed with many small shops, restaurants and pubs, and the Old Guildhall, now a museum.
Along the estuary lies the quay, with several fish dealers. Towards the bridge lies the Victorian Guildhall, and just north of the bridge the railway station. This is the terminus of the Looe Valley branch line to Liskeard, a very popular and picturesque journey, itself an attraction (at Liskeard, the line connects with the main Plymouth to Penzance Great Western Main Line).
…spreads west from the bridge on the Polperro Road and along the waterfront south of the bridge are restaurants, pubs and pretty cottages leading towards a cluster of shops and businesses and the Church of St Nicholas.
Further south along the coast road is Hannafore Point, marking the edge of Looe Harbour, with to the west the wide, stony Hannafore beach, facing across a narrow channel to Looe Island (officially called St. George’s Island). Beyond lies a coastal path leading to the hamlets of Porthallow and Talland, and from there on to Polperro.
South West Coast Path
Just a three minute walk from The Boathouse and you’ll find yourself on the South West Coast Path, miles of superb, breathtaking coastline. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon stroll with spectacular views or a challenging hike, such as a 13 mile walk to beautiful Rame Head, you’ll find it all here.
The South West Coast Path continues to the west from Hannafore Point in West Looe (cross the bridge, turn left and continue towards the coast), taking in more stunning beauty spots such as Talland Bay, Polperro, Lantivet Bay and Lantic Bay. Check our Photo Gallery for pictures. Walk to the ancient fishing village of Polruan, approximately 4 hours, stop for well earned Fish & Chips, and take the passenger ferry across the estuary to picturesque Fowey. You can always take the bus back (check local timetables) to Looe from Polruan Quay!
New Year’s Eve
Looe has a surprisingly large celebration; it is on the list of top 10 places in the UK to celebrate the New Year. The small fishing town, usually quiet in winter, due to the largely seasonal economy, is host to an influx of visitors. People flock the streets in their hundreds, wearing fancy dress, a tradition upheld by all ages. The crowds begin the evening in the town and slowly move towards the seafront for a fireworks display, and the announcement of the New Year.
There is a wealth of local attractions easily accessible from The Boathouse including; Talland Bay, Polperro (another picturesque fishing port), The Monkey Sanctuary, the internationally renowned Eden Project, Tate Gallery St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
Several stately homes including; Lanhydrock, Cotehele, Mount Edgcumbe, Port Eliot and Antony House can be easily reached from here, as well as beautifully rugged Bodmin Moor, with the Hurlers Stone Circles and Cheesewring and a variety of beautiful sandy beaches, bays and hidden coves skirting our stunning Cornish coastline.
Other local attractions include sailing, fishing and diving, biking or walking along the Camel Valley Trail and spectacular coastal walks, especially via Talland to Polperro, Lantic Bay, Lantivet Bay, Polruan and Fowey. Check out the following links for detailed information
- Talland Bay
- Rame Peninsula
- Padstow Museum
- Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing
- Plymouth Barbican
- Eden Project
- National Trust
- Port Eliot House
- Antony House
- Bodmin Moor
- Cornish Beaches
- Cornish Coastline
- Cornish Castles
- Tintagel Castle
- Newquay Zoo
- The Monkey Sanctuary
- The Lost Gardens of Heligan
- Trebah Garden
- Porthcurno Telegraph Museum