The town of Looe on the south coast of Cornwall is just a short drive from our boutique hotel and worth visiting for a day out. There is still a working fishing port at Looe, so you can rest assured that the fish you dine on in the evening is freshly caught that day. The coastal path also passes through the town, so walkers will enjoy heading there for an active day outdoors. Find out below about other activities you can do in Looe.
To the east of Looe is the beach, located in front of the old town and sheltered by the Banjo Pier. It’s family-friendly, and the sandy beach is exposed at low tide, and it is safe to swim, though we recommend avoiding the river mouth beyond the pier. In summer, it is bustling, so if you want to enjoy Looe Beach at its best, visit during the off-peak season.
A trip to a town’s museum is the best way to learn about its history, especially when it is housed in a 15th-century Guildhall. The Looe Museum has a collection of smuggling memorabilia, which the town had many links to in the 18th and 19th century and several artefacts and props detail the town's history, from the boat-building to railway heritage. Also, visitors may enjoy the recently opened Old Sardine Factory in West Looe, telling the history of the town’s maritime heritage.
Like Fowey, one of the best ways to explore Looe is on foot. There are several routes to take that will allow you to see the town and wider area. Points of interest to include on a walk around the town and local area are the mill pool, the old and new bridges which connect East Looe to West Looe and the long harbour which is popular for crabbing. There are a few churches to stop by too, such as the 13th century St Nicholas’ Church in West Looe, the ancient Celtic Lammana Chapel and Talland Church, located along the coast between Looe and Polperro.
Take a trip to Looe Island, which is a sanctuary for rare wildlife and plants. The island has become a wildlife haven due to the variety of habitats that can be found within the 22 acres. There is woodland, grassland, sand, shingle and rocky reef, as well as the quality waters around it. Trips run to Looe Island between Easter and the end of September and are dependent on the tide and weather. The boat ride takes 20 minutes, and you have two hours to explore, with guided walks available.
Fishing is a big part of life in Looe, and several fishing dealers operate from East Looe, with a fleet of small boats heading out daily. Looe has a reputation for delicious fresh fish, and it is also the centre of shark fishing in Britain. As fishing and tourism go hand in hand in Looe, visitors can have a go with a rod and line on organised fishing trips near the shore or for the more experienced, take a boat and head 25 miles out to sea to try your luck hooking a blue shark.
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