Following our wonderful week in Cornwall, I felt it only fair to share with the world all of the wonderful things to do in Looe.
Things to do in Looe
Looe has a beach to rival the Med. Golden sand, drastic rocks and views to take your breath away. Do take notice of the tide times before you visit though; because when that water starts to come in, it does so a quite a pace.
If getting sandy isn’t quite your thing (and I don’t blame you if it’s not, that stuff get everywhere) then you can still have some waterside fun with a crabbing net in your hand. A short walk round the cliffs in West Looe will bring you to some great rock pools, or if in East Looe then head down to the side of the bridge and you’ll have a bucket full in no time.
Keeping with the water theme, then how about a boat trip? 50p will get you a water taxi across from East to West Looe or for a little bit more adventure you can catch a glass bottom boat around Looe Island nature reserve. If you are really lucky (as we were when we visited) you’ll even see some Seals.
Venturing further afield with our things to do in Looe, why not take the short bus ride to the nearby Polperro to see this working village in all its glory. Here you will learn all about the dark past of this stretch of coastline, with the smugglers and pirates that are engraved in this history and see how it is now a thriving fishing community.
Lets face it, holidaying in the UK can bring with it a fair few rainy days. If the weather is not kind to you then an afternoon of fun can be found with the amusement arcades in both East and West Looe. Win a teddy, spend some 2ps or even go bowling, you’ll stay dry and still leave with a smile on your face.
For the crafty types a lovely Paint-a-Pot café can be found in East Looe. Choose your ceramic, paint your deign and then leave it with them for a few days to fire and glaze. If it’s not ready by the time you are due to return home then they will send it on for you for a small fee.
For family food you simply have to head to Archies in East Looe. Great food, great service and great price. I could have happily eaten here every night. For lunch and light bites then The Rusty Bucket is the place to be. Varied menu, lovely staff (the owners once lived in Essex), toys for the children and the saviour of free wifi (3G signal is Looe is almost non-existent) I found myself having a coffee here most days.
Finally, no holiday would be complete without a spot of gift shopping (even if it’s just gifts for yourself) and Looe does not disappoint. I came home with bags full of vintage postcards and quirky bits for the house. If you are looking for presents to take home then Purely Cornish is for you, a shop filled with Cornish made goodies, that’s the sort of holiday gift I’d like to receive.
Are there any things to do in Looe that I have missed? It’s such a lovely part of the world, I can’t recommend a visit highly enough.
What a lovely post full of lovely photos – I really want to visit now!
And a boat taxi for 50p?! That’s my kind of fare!
We are off to Cornwall next week and all these seaside photos are making me excited!
Aw you’re making me sad with this post! Before my in laws stupidly moved to France they lived in Cornwall and Looe was one of their favourite places. I love the little ferry boat ride across the water. Lovely post x
Thank you – it is such a lovely place, i can see why you miss it. x