Mevagissey is a traditional fishing village on the southern coast of Cornwall near St Austell.
With a history dating back to the 14th century, like many small Cornish villages, Mevagissey developed around two industries - fishing (especially pilchards) and smuggling.
Mevagissey has all the ingredients you look for in a Cornish fishing village - traditional harbour and fishing boats, and a village that is a pleasure to explore - with ancient houses behind the harbour reached by narrow streets and alleys that wind their way between the houses.
A wide range of art galleries, gift shops, restaurants, fish and chip shops and traditional pubs can be found in Mevagissey.
A small fishing industry continues to operate from the village, although tourism is now the main industry - one popular visitor trip from the harbour now is to go deep-sea fishing.
Places to visit near Mevagissey
- The port is especially well placed as a holiday base for garden lovers, with the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan nearby (the latter just a few miles noth-west of Mevagissey).
- St Austell, the largest town in Cornwall, is just a few kilometres away.
- Also close to hand (2 km), the fine beaches at Gorran Haven are popular. There are also lots of clifftop walks and rocky coves to explore in the region.
Map of Mevagissey and places to visit
Mevagissey places to visit
See more places nearby in the Cornwall guide