Mousehole is a small village situated to the west of Penzance on the south coast of West Cornwall. Despite being recognised as many as the quintessential Cornish fishing village, Mousehole is not renowned for its beaches.
Mousehole Beach is a small area of east-facing sand and pebbles which is accessible at low tide, within the harbour of Mousehole. The small island known as St. Clement's Isle lies 400 yards offshore from the harbour entrance.
Formerly a major port on Mount's Bay, it hosted numerous markets and fairs and was granted a charter for a market on Tuesdays, with a fair for three days at the festival of St Barnabas, granted to Henry de Tyes in 1292. Mousehole fell into decline after the sixteenth century.
Mousehole, like Penzance, Newlyn, and Paul, was destroyed in the 1595 raid on Mount's Bay by Spaniard Carlos de Amésquita, the only surviving building being the 'Keigwin Arms', a local pub.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✘ Total dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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