About Polperro

Beautiful Polperro is an unspoilt fishing village on the South East coast of Cornwall with cottages clinging to steep hillsides around a small harbour. Polperro offers plenty of places to eat and relax with an impressive collection of traditional pubs and restaurants plus the ubiquitous pasty, ice cream, cream teas and fudge outlets. In addition there are a variety of craft, art and antique shops to browse through plus several galleries selling work by local artists. 

Whist in Polperro you can enjoy 

  • Walking the coastal paths either side of the harbour
  • A village steeped in history including a past economy based on smuggling
  • Swimming in the unique tidal sea pool
  • Beautiful beaches including Polperro beach, Talland Bay, Lansallos Beach and Lantic Bay  
  • Delicious seafood caught by local fishermen
  • Situated in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ 
  • Exciting events including Open Studios Cornwall and Polperro Music and Arts Festival
  • An abundance of quirky  independent shops
  • Fishing and pleasure boat trips from the harbour
  • Visit the Heritage Museum and learn about Polperro's smuggling and fishing past
  • Easy access to nearby attractions including The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Restormel Castle 

Polperro has many legends including that of the ghost of Willy Wilcox who was reputed to be a smuggler and disappeared whilst hiding in the beaches' labyrinthine caves. Another less well known legend relates to The Spirit of the Forest. This apparition is said to come down from the woods above the village and leave sweetmeats at the threshold of homes of the deserving. This is said to happen during times of great economic hardship and foretells immense good fortune for the recipient.