MEVAGISSEY is one of the most charming fishing ports of the South Cornish
Coast, its white and colour-washed dwellings perched on the slopes of the
hills encircling the two harbours. Many of the old fish cellars in the
picturesque village have been converted to modern use but their old strong
walls and the unspoilt appearance of the narrow streets retain the character
of old Mevagissey which is so enchanting to the holiday visitor. Fishing
still remains one of the chief occupations of local people and visitors
interested in fishing will be glad to know that many of the hundreds of boats
bobbing in the harbour are available for deep sea angling and shark fishing.
mackerel fishing trips around the bay are popular. Much of the coastline
adjacent to Mevagissey is cared for by the National Trust and is easily
accessible. Visit the ruins of Portgiskey, cottages, cellars, gardens and
boatyards, abandoned in the late nineteenth century. The Lost Gardens of
Heligan are just outside of the village and the Eden Project is about 7 miles
Mevagissey, comes from "Meva and Issey". The town of St. Meva and St. Issey were
first recorded as a hamlet in 1313, however there were settlements in the
locality long before that date as is shown by the uncovering of two Bronze
Age Burial Urns at Portmellon.
Interesting facts George Bernard Shaw wrote his play, 'The Doctor's Dilemma' while staying
in Mevagissey in 1906. The play was made into a film, directed by Anthony
Asquith in 1958. Various films have been made in
Mevagissey, including Johnny Frenchman and Dracula.
2 books from Susan Coopers 'The Dark is Rising' award winning series are based in
the village of Trewissick (Mevagissey) 'Over Sea Under Stone' and 'Greenwitch'. Susan used to holiday in Mevagissey
when she was a child, which is why she based Trewissick on Mevagissey. Stay
at one of Mevagissey Houses cottages,
the vicarage from
'Over Sea Under Stone'.
Order the books
from www.amazon.co.uk The film, The Seeker, starring Ian McShane, is based on the second book in the series 'The Dark is Rising'.
Mevagissey is a working harbour, but welcomes visiting boats and can offer
diesel fuel, fresh water and moorings at the following rates. Casual charge, eg 2 hours for lunch - £1 Overnight charge, There are about 10 visitor berths available.
Harbour Office Tel: 01726 843305
Mevagissey - Fowey Ferry
During the summer, a regular ferry runs between Fowey and Mevagissey. Take
in the sea air, the fantastic views and you don't have to worry about the
Mevagissey has 5 car parks, all a level walk of just a few minutes to the
harbour. The first, the Willows, is on your left as you drive into the village,
holds 300 cars and also takes coaches. Next, Sunny Corner holds 85 cars.
The other 2 are council run, pay and display, DO NOT be late back to your car!, with finally parking available on the harbour.
Motorcycles can park for free in the larger pay and display in the
centre of the village, spaces for about 6 or so bikes.
Places of Interest
The Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey Museum, World of Model
Railways, Mevagissey Harbour Aquarium, The Old Pilchard Cellars, The 15th
Century Church at Gorran, Polmassick Vineyard, Caerhays Castle, Dodman Point.
Facilities --- click for full
By Rail - there are full Inter City services to St.
Austell, 5 miles north of Mevagissey.By Road - the motorway system feeding
into the M5 brings traffic swiftly to Exeter, where a choice of routes presents
itself - A38 or A30.By Coach - country-wide via Plymouth. Regular National
Express services to St. Austell. By Air - to Newquay. By Ferry - for those coming from the Continent, there is a choice of ferry-link
from Roscoff in France or Santander in Spain - both to nearby Plymouth. Buses
run from St. Austell to Mevagissey every half hour mon - sat and every hour
sundays and Bank Holidays. The Bus station adjoins the Train station. Taxis
are also available from the station 24 hrs.
Mevagissey has one bank, Lloyds, open Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 2pm. No cash machine.
The Post Office is now in the Jubilee Hall, open Mon 10.30-16.30, Tue 14.00-17.00, Wed 10.30-16.30, Thur 14.00-17.00.
Cornish Pasties ! Traditional hand
made Cornish Pasties
The Cornish Bakery coffee and pastries, Olivers Quay, Mevagissey Martins
Bakery, St Georges Square, Mevagissey Tel: 01726
842288 Marys pasties on the quay