Harbour & Crafts Village of Polperro

  • Port

    Falmouth, England, United Kingdom

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    6½ Hours

  • Meals Included


Travel through the pleasant countryside, where green fields seem to merge almost into the sea. A working farm nestles among the quaint and colorful granite cottages, without a modern building in sight.

You'll head to Charlestown via the Great Charlestown Road, as it was once called. It was the widest approach road of any port in Cornwall, designed to take six horses and carts abreast, three going uphill and three down -- a measure of the port's historic activity. This tiny, unspoiled village port reflects a unique history of china clay, exporting and shipbuilding. Severe economic decline has left Charlestown essentially frozen in time. There will be time to stroll at leisure through this genuine Georgian port, the last such village in the county. Here, 500-ton coasters still load china-clay, and square-rigged sailing ships can still be seen from time to time, with their lofty masts and graceful lines.

Further along the coast you will discover photogenic Polperro, whose appeal is timeless. This village has a rich fishing heritage and its enchanting harbor is fringed by a jumble of whitewashed cottages -- once used for storing smuggled hauls of exotic cargoes. Polperro's narrow streets follow the stream towards the harbor and are closed to larger vehicles. A small minibus is used to convey visitors down to the harbor front. Cellar shops, once crowded with contraband, are now packed with local pottery and paintings, jewelry and maritime crafts.

Stroll alongside the small stream towards the center of Polperro, passing the quaint cottages with neat flower-filled gardens, pubs, shops and cafés, or take the inexpensive shuttle transport (at your own expense). Either way, you will appreciate the atmosphere of this smuggling haven of yesteryear with its maze of narrow streets and harbor activity. You are welcome to explore the village with free time on your own, and to purchase lunch (at your own expense). While you're here, why not try a Cornish pasty -- the local savory, meat-filled pastry?


Lunch can be purchased during the tour at your own expense. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.