Looe is a bustling sea-side town in South-East Cornwall - a popular holiday destination for many people. It is a convenient base for enjoying other coastal activities as well as for exploring the surrounding area including the Eden Project. Looe is still a fishing port and you can watch the daily catch been unloaded at the quay, if you are an early riser you might like to have a stroll down to the harbour and watch the days catch been auctioned at the fish market.
Tourism is important to Cornwall as a whole and Looe town is equipped to meet its visitor’s needs. Accommodation choices are fairly comprehensive in the town and the surrounding area, ranging from guesthouses, hotels, country cottages and camping/caravanning sites. If water-based activities are your thing Looe offers various water-sports and a variety of pleasure boating and fishing trips. This river divided town which separated East Looe from West Looe are today joined together by a seven arch bridge dating from the early 19th century.
Most visitors come here to enjoy the sandy beach where you can laze the day away East Looe has a broad sandy beach and is a great beach for families there are various beach activities to enjoy in the summer months. The other beach at Hannafore, West Looe is sand and shingle beach, children and adults can get pleasure from the fantastic rock pools here at low-tide. A short distance from here is St. George Island (also known as Looe Island) which can be visited by boat and is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Looe is an ideal location for exploring nearby coves and bays, bird watching and botany. There are some lovely coastal and countryside walks to try if you enjoy walking. The coastal walk to the picturesque village of Polperro takes around two and a half hours, you get to see some spectacular scenery on the way. On arrival you can have some refreshment; a wander around, take in the interesting harbour side museum the Museum of Smuggling and Fishing which has an amazing assortment of exhibits. For those of you interested, boat excursions are available here to. There is a regular bus service to Polperro from Looe town and in the summer months to other places of interest.
Looe is a delightful town with many narrow streets and alley ways to explore with a variety of small shops, pubs and restaurants to try, there are lots of places to eat, why not try a Cornish cream tea, a real treat! There are many historic buildings and houses in the town; you can visit the 16th century Old Guildhall Museum. You may want to take a train journey on the Looe Valley line.
Cornwall has many great gardens and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are a fascinating place to visit, Trebah Gardens are spectacular also and well worth visiting any time of the year. You would need to check the opening times etc. of both gardens prior to your proposed visit.
Plymouth is approximately 30 minutes drive away from Looe, here there are large shopping areas and many excellent visitor attractions.
Looe is an enjoyable town to visit at any time of the year, if you are looking to take a spring break, March/April are a good time to visit many of Cornwall’s wonderful gardens.
Cornwall has a dramatic and unspoiled coastline with stunning scenery and attractions for all ages to enjoy.