Culture and Heritage
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is a smaller version of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The museum is responsible for the National Small Boat Collection and a range of Cornish boats. The museum is open every day of the year from 10am-5pm with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day and will cost around £10 for admission.
Owned by the National Trust, Trellisick House and Gardens are a great spot for walk. Set in 300-acre grounds you can wander the estate and enjoy views across the rolling hillside and coastline. The house itself is only open between July and September.
Looe Museum is a lovely little museum that sits proudly in the town. Whilst you are there you can learn about the history of smuggling in the area, Looe's railway heritage and the impact of the wars. And of course it has several displays that detail Looe's maritime history of fishing and boat building. The museum is open from late March through until the middle of October.
The Parish Churches of Looe
Looe benefits from two parish churches. Both the parish church of St. Martin's in East Looe and St. Nicholas Church in West Looe. These happy and vibrant congregations welcome visitors to all services and hold a number of social and fundraising events. St Martins Church holds Holy Communion services at 11am every Sunday which holiday visitors are welcome to attend.
Looe Harbour Quay
Take a trip to Looe Harbour and Quay to grab a sense of life on the Cornish coastline. Bathed in a rich fishing past, the town still has a thriving fishing trade today, and you will be sure to experience some of the finest fresh seafood available in one of the restaurants close by.
The Wheal Martyn China Clay Heritage Centre
The Wheal Martyn China Clay Heritage Centre is a fabulous museum which gives the history of china clay extraction. China clay was discovered in Cornwall by William Cookworthy in 1746. The Wheal Martyn China Clay Heritage Centre provides an interesting and educational visit into one of the most important industries in Cornwall. It has audio-visual displays and a fascinating trail through the 19th Century clay works. This has a working water wheel.
Restormel castle lies just to the north of Lostwithiel village, overlooking the River Fowey. Restormel makes a good day out and a surprisingly quiet ancient historic monument. The castle was originally built by the Normans on a spur and overlooks river valley one mile upriver from Lostwithiel. The grounds are ideal for picnics, with splendid views across wooded valleys. Children can explore the ramparts or race around the top of the moat.
Situated in Looe Bay just a few hundred yards from the shore lies St. George's Island or more locally known as Looe Island. Looe Island lies just off the shore from Hannafore Point on the town's Western side. Looe Island acts as a natural breakwater making for safer bathing from East Looe's golden sandy beach. The island is owned and managed by the Cornish Wildlife Trust and can be visited daily via a boat taxi service where boarding takes place weather permitting near East Looe's long sandy beach.
Located in East Cornwall approximately 10 miles from the cottage lined streets and beaches of Looe and Polperro lies the tranquility of Bodmin Moor. The moorland has a unique beauty often overlooked by the visitors to Cornwall. it can be a welcome tranquil retreat away from the hussle and bussle of the coastal towns on a Summer's day.
This nature reserve has been regularly wooded for over 400 years, and is one of the few areas of ancient woodland left in Britain. The reserve follows the course of the West Looe river, starting at the millpool in West Looe. The wildlife in Kilminorth Woods is both diverse and plentiful with an abundant plant life and wild fauna. Roe deer are frequently seen amongst the trees and birds such as the kingfisher and heron are also common highlights on the wooded trails. The ancient monument, nicknamed the ‘Giants Hedge', runs through the woods from Looe to the town of Lerryn.