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Top things to see and do in Mousehole

Mousehole, a picturesque fishing village in West Cornwall, offers a charming mix of scenic beauty, artistic inspiration, and culinary delights. Here’s our list of top things to see and do in Mousehole, including where to eat along the way!

1. Mousehole Harbour

The heart of Mousehole, the harbour is perfect for a leisurely stroll. Enjoy colorful fishing boats, serene waters, and an overall tranquil atmosphere. In the summer (or winter if you’re brave!), you can take a dip in the sheltered waters.

2. Art Galleries

Explore local art at:

The Tyler Gallery: The Tyler Art Gallery specialises in Art by modern and contemporary artists and is now celebrating its twenty first year. It is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Cornwall. The gallery features a wide range of up-and-coming and established Cornish artists.

The Little Picture Gallery: The Little Picture Gallery is run by Pam Ellner and her team, and they sell a range of prints which would enhance any home or office.

Mowzer Gallery: The Mowzer Gallery specialises in original works by Cornish painter Josh Sim.

The Joel Gallery: The Joel Gallery features over a dozen artists, most are local and some are from far away. Apart from the work of the Joel Family (paintings, by Judy and Tim, textiles by Beth and photography by Paul), there is also the opportunity to book a lesson in painting for any age group with Tim, or  pottery with Alice who has her studio in one part of the gallery.

3. Dining in Mousehole

Rock Pool Cafe

Whether you’re after a light lunch, a cup of tea and a cake or a delicious evening meal with a view, experience the best of local cuisine at:

Rock Pool Cafe: A seafront cafe with exceptional views, ideal for any type of meal

The Ship Inn: Cozy atmosphere with delicious pub fare and fresh, local seafood.

2 Fore Street: Stylish bistro with stunning harbour views and seasonal dishes.

The Old Coastguard: Featured on the Michelin Guide, relaxed dining with sea views, focusing on seafood and local ales.

Mousehole Deli and Kitchen: Offers a mix of local delicacies and hearty meals.

The Orange Cafe Bar: A vibrant spot for plant based breakfast, lunch, and in-house roasted coffee.

4. Mousehole Christmas Lights

Mousehole Christmas lights

If you’re visiting in December, the Mousehole Christmas Lights are a must-visit. The village transforms into a festive wonderland with dazzling displays that light up the harbour and surrounding streets.

We highly recommend hiring bikes from Penzance at EBike Cornwall and exploring Mousehole without the car! For a truly unforgettable experience, make sure to check out our accommodation in, or near Mousehole.  These properties provide the perfect base to explore and see all that this enchanting village has to offer.