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Boscastle

The historic picturesque fishing village of Boscastle with its Medieval core and distinctive harbour is one of Cornwall’s most romantic places. It is a village steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty.  

The Old Forge   Now an artist's studio and gallery, the last blacksmith to work in the forge was Bill Gent in the 1940s.
It became a tea room in the 1950's and the National Trust shop from the 1960's until the 2004 flood.  Post-flood the National Trust moved to its new location and the Forge entered its present use.  





The Lime Kiln a well preserved double-sided lime kiln is next to the visitor centre.  A leaflet on the history and purpose of lime kilns is available to buy in the centre itself.





The Pilchard Palace now houses the National Trust's shop, café and visitor centre, this building was a pilchard palace in the 19th century.  Here the fish were salted, pressed and packed for export.  The slots for the pressing beams can still be seen in the walls.







The Museum of  Witchcraft first opened its doors in 1961. It has become an iconic attraction and one of the most popular museums in Cornwall.  It is open from  April 1st  to Halloween.







The Coastwatch Lookout is still manned by volunteers, all are welcome to view this historic building.  Originally a folly built in the 1820's by Thomas Avery a local merchant and Lord of the manor.  Possibly built as a shelter for his disabled daughter. It is situated on an Iron  age cliff castle.






Forrabury Church is dedicated to St Symphorian, from Burgundy.   Most of it was rebuilt in 1867. An ancient Celtic cross stands outside the churchyard.


The Bathing pool can be seen at low tide on the South side of the harbour. This was cut out of the rock in 1891on the instructions of the Lord of the Manor.














The Blowhole or Devil's Bellows can be seen on the North side of the harbour. Normally seen between an hour and and hour and half either side of low tide, depending on the height of the tide, wind speed and direction.  It is not an exact science!







The coastal grassland is a nationally rare habitat, sawwort and carline thistles are among the rarer plants in the short grass.  Inland are the 'Stitches' a medieval, or possibly earlier strip field system, carefully managed by the National Trust to help improve the plant bio-diversity. A wide range of orchids and the now scarce weasel’s-snout (lesser snapdragon) can also be seen.

Minster Church & Valency Valley

Follow the picturesque River Valency through a meadow and wooded valley. Cross the little bridge and up the steep, wooded hillside to historic Minster Church, or continue onwards to St Juliot's Church with more Hardy connections and walk by the Old Rectory where the writer met Emma, his first  wife.

Abundant in wildlife, dramatic walks and historic features, Boscastle with this many natural attractions, is an ideal place to make your holiday base at any time of year.

With so much to do – make Boscastle the hub of your next Cornish holiday.

Relax:  Slow down and unwind, with a leisurely stroll down to the harbour. Sit on the quay and admire the view, or dust off those old water colours and try to capture the scene. Soak up Boscastle’s unique atmosphere.

Explore:  Tough coastal treks and easy inland rambles. Sun-soaked, surfing beaches and shady valleys. High, windswept cliffs and the charms of ‘Top Town’ and the ‘Bridge’. Don’t forget to bring your camera – this place is very photogenic.

Discover:  Boscastle’s fascinating history. Ancient fields, Celtic crosses, Norman churches, a Castle and a Medieval quay. Fishing, famous visitors and flash floods. The past is all around you – waiting to be discovered.

Experience:  A taste of Cornish village life and local hospitality. Feel the spirit of a community brought closer together by adversity. Fill your lungs with fresh air and get to grips with ‘Mother Nature’ in all her moods.

Enjoy:  A guided walk, a fishing trip or a picnic by the Valency. Browse the shops, galleries and museums for souvenirs of your stay. Join in a pub quiz or an evening sing-song.