Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel) is a picturesque fishing village described by Dylan Thomas in 1930 as “the loveliest village in England”.
In Cornish, Mousehole is known as Porthenys, meaning ‘port of the island’ – a reference to St Clement’s Isle, a small rocky islet that lies just off shore from the harbour.
Don’t miss out on the illuminations if you’re in Cornwall around Christmas time. And on Tom Bawcock’s Eve (23 December) a festival is held commemorating a time when the village was saved from famine by this local hero. The traditional stargazy pie is eaten to mark the event. See the Legends page for more on this.