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St Mawes

The idyllic fishing harbour of St Mawes with its mild climate, fascinating history and stunning location is one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets.


Visit St Mawes

The idyllic old world fishing harbour of St Mawes with its mild climate, fascinating history and stunning location is one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets.


Sitting in the shelter of St Mawes Castle, the small harbourside village enjoys a wide selection of waterfront cafes, bars, restaurants, ice cream shops and galleries; it’s an absolute must for anyone visiting Cornwall.


It was in 1536, probably in anticipation of the construction of St Mawes Castle, that a stone pier was built in St Mawes. It wasn’t until 1854 that the St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company was formed and was granted an act of parliament to develop a new pier and deepen the harbour.

The harbour has always looked to the sea for its livelihood and to this day the town still has fishing boats working from the harbour and selling their produce on the quay.

Today, thanks to its idyllic location and rich heritage, the town’s main industry is now visitors and the village is busy all year round.

The Castle

The perfect place to explore when you visit St Mawes, this immaculately preserved artillery fortress overlooks the Carrick Roads and, on a clear day, has great views of Falmouth.

The castle makes up one of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 on the orders of Henry VIII to protect the strategically important harbour from the threat of invasion posed by the French and the Spanish.

A trip on the St Mawes Ferry followed by a picnic by the castle on a summer’s day is one of the highlights of a visit to Cornwall.

The Water

St Mawes maritime heritage is alive and well in the 21st century and water lovers are in for a treat.

If a trip on the ferry isn’t enough to satisfy those nautical urges then jump in a kayak or, for the more adventurous, one of the many vessels you can hire and head out to explore the waters that surround St Mawes.

Being on the water will give a completely different perspective on the beauty of the area.

St Mawes Cruises

St Mawes mini-cruises, one of the best RIB rides in the bay.

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St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle is always a great day out.

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St Mawes Ferry

One of Cornwall’s iconic boat trips. The St Mawes Ferry runs 364 days a year between the bustling maritime port of Falmouth and the old-world fishing village of St Mawes.

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St Mawes Beach

St Mawes and Summers Beach in the heart of St Mawes.

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St Mawes Kayaks

Hire sit on top kayaks from St Mawes.

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Great Molunan Beach

Set in the shelter of St Anthony Lighthouse and headland. Great & Little Molunan is best accessed on the Place Ferry.

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