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The Greenbank’s Insider Guide: 24 hours in Mevagissey

Mevagissey is a dreamy harbourside village which was once the hub of Cornwall’s pilchard fishery. It still boasts a working harbour, with a few dozen small fishing boats, and the narrow streets are crammed with shops, galleries, pubs and eateries.

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what to do in Mevagissey – our 24 hour guide

Visiting the old fishing village of Mevagissey for 24 hours? We’ve got the perfect itinerary to see all the charming Cornish town has to offer.



With a busy day of exploring ahead, we think the best way to start the day is with a hearty breakfast! Try one of the many local cafes for great coffee, delicious breakfasts and gorgeous views. Then set off on your journey to north to Mevagissey.


: Mevagissey Museum

10AM – 11:30AM: Explore Mevagissey Museum

Once you’ve arrived, pay a visit to Mevagissey Museum to learn more about the village’s sea-faring past. The building itself is an artefact, dating back to 1754 when it was built straight into a rock face. Learn more about the Cornish town with the various exhibitions, which will inform the rest of the day spent in Mevagissey.


: I Walk Cornwall

11:30AM – 1pM: Get hiking

After soaking up a bit of culture and history at the museum, breathe in the fresh air with an invigorating coastal walk. The Mevagissey, Heligan and Prehistoric Tin Stream is a stunning route which is mostly flat and can be cycled as well as walked. Start in Mevagissey, walk inland through a medieval settlement associated with Lost Gardens of Heligan, then return to the coast along from Pentewan Valley, where Cornwall’s richest tin stream was situated.


: Tea on the Quay

2pM – 3pm: Stop for tea and cake

Once you’re back in Mevagissey, take the weight off your feet and indulge in a cream tea or slice of cake with a pot of tea. The village has lots of lovely cafes and restaurants to enjoy a snack or bite to eat. We’d recommend Tea on the Quay, for picturesque harbour views and mouthwatering home baked cakes. If the weather is behaving and you fancy something more savoury, why not tuck into a proper Cornish pasty? Just watch out for the hungry seagulls!


: Mevagissey Rib Rides

3pm – 4pm: Take to the waters

No trip to Cornwall is complete without a boat experience. Zoom along the Cornish waters with a Mevagissey Rib Ride, a great way to see the village from a different perspective. For the fishing enthusiasts, hop aboard the Mevagissey mackerel fishing boat and have a go at catching some fresh fish with skipper Matt.


: David Weston Gallery

4pm – 6pm: Admire the art and shopping scene

Once your feet are safely back on dry land, meander around the various independent gift and fudge shops and treat yourself to a souvenir or two! A visit to the David Weston gallery is a must for art-lovers.


7pm – 9pm: dive into dinner

Make your way back to the Greenbank to savour a well-deserved dining experience by the Water’s Edge. Including daily changing chef recommendations, as well as gluten free and vegan options on request, indulge in signature Cornish dishes with the freshest seafood and local produce in our restaurant. Book ahead by calling 01326 312440.


9pm – 8am: and relax

You’ve had an action-packed day exploring Mevagissey, so it’s time to relax. Amongst the many rooms we have at The Greenbank, you can’t beat a little laid-back luxury in The Florence or The Lookout. Soak up the views in your roll top bath and end the perfect Cornish day The Greenbank way…

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