St Mawes is a quaint coastal town where traditional sailing and fishing boats can be seen moored in the harbour, and larger boats offer short, 20-minute ferry crossings across the Fal Estuary to the fascinating heritage town of Falmouth.
Whitewashed buildings and former fisherman’s cottages line the water’s edge, rubbing shoulders with famous hotels such as The Ship & Castle, which have become part of the landscape in this charming, time-forgotten Cornish haven.
As you’d expect from a Cornish town renowned for its fishing heritage, St Mawes has more than enough food outlets to satisfy hungry holidaymakers. Homely pubs stand beside seafood restaurants, and bakeries selling freshly-made breads and traditional Cornish pasties. The town has retained a strong fishing industry, and fish shops by the quay are stocked with freshly-caught seafood from the local waters. Various providers also offer fishing trips by boat, allowing you to catch your own fish and to view scenic local surroundings.
The coastal views are breath-taking, and typically Cornish. Watch out for playful dolphins frolicking close to shore, and small boats passing beyond the horizon. No coastal destination comes close to Cornwall in sheer natural beauty, and nowhere is this more evident than St Mawes.
With a mild climate and plenty of sunshine, St Mawes is the perfect choice for year-round holidays.
Sit back and relax on the sand, pebble and shingle beaches which dot Cornwall’s wild, heritage coastline, or hire a kayak and paddle up the calm waters of the Percuil River, marvelling at the beauty of its banks. The south Cornish coast is renowned for its excellent water sports, so why not try your hand at surfing, scuba diving or coasteering?
Meanwhile, local history comes in the form of St Mawes Castle, a spectacular English Heritage Site which has become one of the most famous landmarks in Cornwall. Enjoy a guided tour of this clover-shaped fortress, once home to Henry VIII’s coastal battery. The castle grounds include subtropical gardens that stretch to the Fal Estuary, and provide the perfect place for a picnic on a sunny afternoon.
Find out more about what to see and do during a hotel stay in St Mawes below.