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Mevagissey Cornwall

Mevagissey Cornwall

Mevagissey is situated approximately 5 miles south of St Austell in South East Cornwall. It is a working fishing village with an inner and outer harbour, complete with a fleet of small fishing boats. The name Mevagissey derives from St Meva and St Issey, first recorded as a hamlet in 1313. Over the years Mevagissey has grown from an old world fishing village into a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. Steeped in history its narrow streets and enticing alleyways with cottages placed at gravity defying angles tempt the visitor to explore all nooks and crannies. In former days fishing and smuggling were the primary activities. Nowadays, the village is well placed to serve the thousands of visitors who arrive each year. There is plenty of accommodation in Mevagissey from B&Bs to smart hotels catering for all tastes and budgets. Nearby there are caravan and camp sites.

The village is built around the picturesque Mevagissey harbour and quay which is very pleasant to walk around. There are benches where you can sit and watch the boats coming and going and people passing by, or you can take a longer walk around the outer harbour walls. There are tea shops, pubs and restaurants for refreshments. The pier heads are popular with anglers, hoping to catch pollack, mackerel or the occasional bass and you can still watch the working fishermen on the harbour unloading their catch and mending nets. You can purchase a variety of locally caught fresh fish on the harbour.

In former days the people of Mevagissey formed a living from the pilchard industry. Huge quantities of pilchards were caught in the Mevagissey area and then cured in rock salt, packed in cases and exported to Italy and the West Indies. It is said that the Navy also took supplies of pilchards and named them “Mevagissey Ducks”.  Nowadays little evidence of this former pilchard industry remains although it is clear that many of the buildings around the harbour were connected to the sea and the industry which developed from it.

There is a lovely little Museum which can be found at East Wharf, Inner Harbour, Mevagissey.  Opening times for the Mevagissey Museum are daily 11am to 4pm from Easter until October. 11am to 5pm in July and August. Admission is free, with donations welcome.  The public car parks on River and Church Street are within walking distance of the museum. The ground floor is suitable for wheelchairs and there is a stair lift between the ground and first floors.

There is a regular ferry service from Mevagissey to the picturesque harbour town of Fowey Cornwall. There is also an aquarium and a model railway. Bustling and lively, Mevagissey has something to offer all the family and is well worth a visit.