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Mousehole is a picturesque fishing village often described as the loveliest village in England.

About Mousehole

Located 3 miles away from Penzance and to the west of Mounts Bay. Seals haul out on the rocks of St Clements Isle just off the coast of Mousehole.

Mousehole and Marazion were one of two main commercial centres in the Mounts Bay area. A part of the South Quay in Mousehole is from 1390 and is considered one of the oldest piers in Cornwall. Exported lots of cured fish and woollen cloth to English garrisons. Mousehole, however, was attacked by the Spanish in a raid in 1595 in which the whole town was burnt down apart from one house!

Once known as Porth Enys meaning ‘port of the island’, Mousehole has a strong fishing heritage, over 70 commercial fishing boats still sail from the port and it was once more prominent that Penzance and Newlyn.

Mousehole also has a wild bird hospital that takes both land and seabirds into care and rehabilitates them for the wild.

Mousehole Harbour Cornwall

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What is Mousehole in Cornwall Like?

Visiting Mousehole is highly recommended and is one of those places that manages to keep some of its old world charm.

What does Mousehole mean?

There are a few stories as to where Mousehole originally got its name from. Some believe it was named after the cave to the western end that acted as a smugglers hideout, but others believe it was named after the Cornish word Moeshayle, meaning ‘at the mouth of the river of young women’.

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