The village of Boscastle
With its pretty harbour, historical sites and idyllic location on the South West Coast Path, you’d be forgiven for thinking Boscastle is a traditional Cornwall village. As well as offering an unrivalled coastal view, Boscastle is home to the Museum of Witchcraft Museum of Witchcraft , the world’s largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts. This is perfect for a family outing.
Boscastle’s prime position on the South West Coast Path makes it a haven for walkers. The Elizabethan quay is set among impressive, steep cliffs and offers beautiful coastal walks. Try the cliff path, leading you to the Willapark headland and an ex-folly, now used as a coast watch lookout. The harbour walk is also very picturesque, taking you to Pentargon Waterfall and returning to the village.
Boscastle’s fascinating history is another reason for its popularity among holidaymakers. The castle of Bottreaux, from which the village gained its name, is said to have provided the stone to create many of the houses. Thomas Hardy is also said to have fallen in love with Boscastle while working as an architect on the renovation of St Juliots Church. Boscastle Harbour
In the village, there are various independent shops to pick up a souvenir. Browse the craft, gift and fashion shops as well as the galleries, showcasing the work of talented local artists. Boscastle Farm Shop is a great place to pick up some tasty local produce. Why not pick up some ingredients to cook up in your cottage?
This quaint village also offers a plethora of eateries, from traditional Cornish pubs to riverfront restaurants. The Riverside hotel restaurant overlooks the breathtaking coast and is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious local food. Seafood fans can tuck into the grilled plaice fillets for a fresh lunch, while cheese fans can sample a taste of Davidstow Cheddar in the Ploughmans lunch. For an extravagant dinner, try the seafood Thermidor, including freshly caught Cornish lobster, crab and crayfish.
For a hearty pub meal, check out The Napoleon Inn . Scrumptious dishes include the freshly battered catch of the day and slow roasted ribs. Wash it down with a pint of local ale. The Harbour Light Tea Garden is also a firm favourite. Set on the riverside and backed by beautiful moorland, this is the ideal spot to stop for a coffee and homemade cake.
“The picturesque, quirky village of Boscastle is far from your ordinary Cornish holiday destination.”
Boscastle Food, Art and Craft Festival also takes place annually, with chefs cooking up a storm and beautiful local artwork on sale.