The writer Susan Cooper based two of her books (Over Sea, Under Stone and Greenwitch) in her well-known fantasy series The Dark Is Rising in Mevagissey (named 'Trewissick' in the books), where she used to holiday as a child. Mevagissey House is the vicarage from the first book 'Over Sea Under Stone', where Jane first meets the mysterious Mr Hastings.

In 1880 there were around sixty fishing-boats engaged in the mackerel fishery and herring and pilchards are also important fisheries.[10] There are currently 63 registered fishing vessels in the harbour worked by 69 fishermen.[citation needed] The harbour also offers tourist fishing trips and there is a regular summer passenger ferry to Fowey.

Private sandy beach with all year dog ban. Safe for swimming. Interesting geology.

Decent sized sandy beach which backs onto the grounds of Caerhays Castle and it's gardens. The beach is also part of the estate. The beach is fairly sheltered and swimming is relatively safe. There is also a ban on any kind…

Located about a quarter of a mile up the coast from the working harbour of Mevagissey is Polstreath beach. Despite its proximity to this busy fishing village Polstreath remains relatively quiet. This is in part due to the…

Small, attractive sandy beach to the west of Dodman Point. Relatively safe swimming

Towards the end of the 17th century, Porthhilly merged with the hamlet of Lamoreck (or Lamorrick) to make the new village. It was named "Meva hag Ysi", after two Irish saints, St Meva and St Issey (or Ida, hag is the Cornish word for "and"). The modern Cornish name is Lannvorek, after the old parish name. At this time the main sources of income for the village were pilchard fishing and smuggling and the village had at least ten inns, of which the Fountain and the Ship still remain.

Mevagissey is within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. It is a designation aimed at conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the area.

The Wurzels wrote a song called "Mevagissey".

The lovely sandy beach of Great Perhaver is just around the corner from the popular Gorran Haven. But you won't find a bustling village beach with all the facilities here. In fact you may not find anyone else here except…

Andrew Pears, the founder of Pears' Soap was born in the village[8] in 1768 and set up a barber's shop here until he moved to London in 1789.

The current harbour is built on the site of a medieval quay. The first Act of Parliament allowing the new port to be built was passed in 1774. The inner harbour, consisting of the current East and West Quays, was constructed from this time. An outer harbour was added in 1888, but seriously damaged in a blizzard in 1891. The outer walls were rebuilt by 1897. The harbour was given charitable trust status in 1988.

Sandy beach with area of pebbles of geological interest. No dogs. There are a number of small caves in the cliffs but beware of rock falls. Nearby Charlestown Harbour is home to tall ships and has been used as a film setting…

From the top of Polkirt Hill there is a great view over the higgledy streets, the harbour and the yachting pool. Further out can be seen the golden sands of Polstreath Beach and St Austell Bay. Looking south, there is the inlet sheltering Portmellon Beach and the scenic coastal path over Chapel Point to Gorran Haven.

The first recorded mention of Mevagissey dates from 1313 (when it was known as Porthhilly), although there is evidence of settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

The name Mevagissey is derived from the names of two saints, St Meva and St Issey. The first record is of a hamlet of this name in 1313, but there were local settlements in the Bronze Age. Two Bronze Age Burial Urns were discovered at nearby Portmellon.

Vault Beach is a sheltered beach to the eastern side of Dodman Point which reaches up 110 metres. It is a curved sweep of sand and shingle that gently slopes into the sea. The sea here is usually pretty calm and bathing…

The Heligan estate is located on the steep slopes above Mevagissey, albeit mostly in the adjoining civil parish of St Ewe. The long term home of the Tremayne family, the estate is now best known as the location of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a recently restored Victorian garden.[11]

A safe, sandy, sheltered beach popular with families. The cliffs to the east are used by nesting birds, and there are lots of rock pools to the west. Safe for swimming, windsurfing and sailing. No jet-skiing allowed. The…

The beach is a stretch of almost 2 miles of coarse sand, steeply shelving in places. However, the beach is somewhat spoiled by the developments, and decay of, that have taken place over the years. At present, there is a…

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Mevagissey is home to three Cornish holy wells. The Brass Well and Lady's Well[7] are both situated in the manor of Treleaven, the other holy well is within the gardens of Mevagissey House, the old vicarage.[1]

The village nestles in a small valley and faces east to Mevagissey Bay. The inner and outer harbours are busy with a mixture of pleasure vessels and working fishing boats, the remains of a once major industry. However, tourism has supplanted fishing as the dominant industry in recent years.

Portholland is in fact two beaches - East and West Portholland. At low tide they join up to form a wide stretch of sand. On higher tides they are two distinct coves joined by a walkway or the road over the hill. Whilst both…

This used to be one of the most popular nudist beaches in the area but the recent controversial development of Carlyon Bay have put pay to this.

The beach guide has 14 beaches listed in and around the town of Mevagissey.

Gorran Haven is a pleasant sandy beach just in front of the village. It is fairly sheltered, sitting in the lee of the 400ft high Dodman point just to the west. Along with all the facilities of the village close to hand…

Mevagissey village centre consists of narrow streets with many places to eat and shops aimed at the tourist trade. The outer areas are built on the steep slopes of the surrounding hillsides and are mostly residential.

A large sandy beach, excellent for swimming and all water sports - swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing, water skiing and sailing. Jet skis are banned but canoes and sailing dinghies can be hired from the Holiday…

In the narrow streets are many gift shops, craft workshops, galleries, caf├ęs and pubs. There are several hotels and many fish restaurants in Mevagissey and, of course, plenty of fish and chip shops! Many of the latter were once the haunts of Cornish smugglers. The World of Model Railways Exhibition is an impressive collection. There is an excellent Folk Museum, and an aquarium, in the old lifeboat house, displaying locally caught fish.


Each year at the end of June, Mevagissey celebrates Feast Week, a week of family fun, music, and floral dances through the streets; finally at the end of the week there is a carnival and a fireworks display.

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A small sandy cove with a slipway. Dogs allowed All Year

Mevagissey (Cornish: Lannvorek) is a village, fishing port and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.[1] The village is situated approximately five miles (8 km) south of St Austell.[2] The parish population at the 2011 census was 2,015,[3] whereas the ward population at the same census was 4,354.[4]