With an almost overwhelming choice of fantastic locations to choose from in Cornwall, here’s our guide to the lovely town of Looe, a small town that deserves to top your list of great places to visit whilst your enjoying your stay at our North Cornwall holiday park.
Back in medieval times Looe was split into two towns due to the River Looe flowing through the steep-sided valley to the harbour. These days the two towns are now one, joined by a bridge across the Looe river, but you have East and West Looe to visit. Things to visit in East Looe include the fishing harbour, the main shopping centre and the lovely sandy beach. West Looe is quieter, but also has shops, restaurants and hotels.
Fresh fish on your dish
Visit Looe for a great fish supper! Looe has a reputation for some excellent restaurants specialising in seafood and this is because the town retains a bustling fishing industry with its fleet of small fishing boats returning their catches to port daily.
East and West
If you’re looking for beach fun, visit East Looe and enjoy the wide sandy beach and the distinctive Banjo Pier. Stretching back from the coast are quaint narrow streets just begging to be explored, packed with many small shops, restaurants and pubs and the Old Guildhall, now a museum.
West Looe has a fishing quay and a choice of restaurants along the waterfront. Follow the South West Coast Path from West Looe for stunning views from the cliff tops.
Places to visit in Looe include The Old Sardine Factory, which reveals the fishing industry history in Looe, as well as harbour life through the ages. There are many interactive displays throughout the heritage centre and daily activities for children.
Walking and hiking
The 33 miles of the South West Coast Path stretching from Fowey, through Polperro and Looe, to Mt Edgcumbe, is a fabulous hike with stunning views. It’s not flat, but it can easily done by most people in three hours. Stop by the pretty Talland Church on this route for a moment of calm.
If you enjoy a boat trip, head out to Looe Island, a marine nature reserve. Looe Island is part of the Whitsand and Looe Bay Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) and has a variety of precious wildlife habitats including woodland, maritime, grassland, sand, shingle and rocky reef.
Fun for the kids
Messing about on the beach is perfect for the kids. When you’re getting bored of all the golden sand and playing in the waves, head to Hannafore in West Looe, pick up a couple of nets and while away the time exploring the rock pools. Or try your hand at crabbing off the quayside.
If the children start to play up then a visit to the Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol in East Looe may be a good idea. This small museum is crammed full of all sorts including lots of on local history, old jail cells, puppets and even a ghost.
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Children and adults love the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe. This charitable organisation has been offering a safe haven for monkeys since 1964. It’s a small sanctuary but there is a wild play area where children can learn about the environment around them plus a playground in which to let off some steam.
Family day out
For a fun day out in Looe, the Looe Valley Line is one of the most scenic railways in England. This eight and three quarter miles of community railway from Liskeard to Looe follows the valley of the East Looe River for much of its course. It is operated by Great Western Railway.
These our tips for great things to do and places to visit in Looe but don’t forget our North Cornwall holiday park near Looe is also easy for visiting other places of interest such as Polperro, Liskeard, Rame, Bodmin Moor and Fowey River.