Boscastle Travel Guide

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    Boscastle
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Boscastle Things to Do

  • Admire the Old Buildings

    As you wander aimlessly around Boscastle you will begin to notice the quaint old buildings which have been converted into pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Look out for the wonky rooftops and crooked cottages, they have real character. The limekiln and storage buildings give a brief reminder of Boscastle's industrial past & the Old Forge has now...

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  • Boscastle Harbour

    We took the footpath near the Witchcraft museum. This led uphill to a row of white cottages (some holiday lets). From here you can get a great panoramic view of the Harbour. The Harbour was a busy commercial port during most of the Nineteenth century until the railways reached Cornwall in 1893. Coal, ironwork and limestone from South Wales,...

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  • National Trust Visitor Centre

    The National Trust Visitor Centre was all but destroyed during the floods of 2004, members of staff had to be airlifted by helicopter from the roof to escape the torrents. Nowadays the Visitor Centre is the hub of the Village. It has an extensive gift shop, tea rooms and the usual visitor information such as maps of the area and non expensive...

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  • The Museum of Witchcraft

    This great little museum contains the World's largest collections of Witchcraft related artefacts. Here you will find everything you want to know (and some things you don't)! about Witches. A lot of the Witch related items have been donated by those practising Witchcraft from far and wide. The Witch torturing equipment looked a bit harrowing as did...

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  • Witchcraft Museum

    If you go to the Witchcraft Museum, you can buy a gust of wind tied up in three knots of rope. You can discover a remedy for toothache or a method to rid yourself of warts. The Witchcraft Museum isn’t some kitchy Ripley’s Believe or Not, presenting the quirks and spectacle of a world stranger than you thought; though you will find a thorough...

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  • Look out for John The Boscastle Busker

    This is no ordinary Busker but a man with a Promise and a Mission. He sings Cornish and other folk songs in the Pubs and on summer Sunday afternoons - which was when we heard him - he sings near the Harbour, close to the Pixie cafe.His Promise is to the memory of a dead friend and his Mission is to raise funds for a local Hospice. The web site says...

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  • You must visit the Visitor Centre

    Boscastle built a Visitor Centre in 1994. 10 years later more that 100,000 people had visited and it was refurbished and extended. Then, in August 2004 came the flood. 15 people - staff and visitors were rescued from the roof by helicopter and the building was all but destroyed.Now a new Visitor Centre on the harbour is there to welcome visitors...

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  • Take a walk along the Coastal Path

    Not a hard walk, but care needed on some great, ridged slabs of granite lying with a difficult camber. We did see people making their way up and along wearing flip-flops with some difficulty. So - walking boots best - or good walking shoes/trainers.Whatever effort it takes is well rewarded by the beautiful coastal scenery and views up the narrow...

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  • Learn about the Boscastle Flood

    The village of Boscastle was nearly destroyed on the 16th August 2004 when after a period of heavy rain the three rivers overflowed along with water coming down from the hills, flooded the village. Many people lost their homes and businesses and saw their cars being swept out to sea. Fortunately there were no fatalities and only one casualty.When...

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  • Discover the Harbour

    Boscastle has a small fishing harbour and you walk along the cliffs and get amazing views. Please be aware that if you want to go and explore that you wear appropriate footware - flip flops just don't work - and believe me we saw numerous people trying to climb cliffs in flip flops!! At least it provided us with a good laugh!!!

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  • Tourist Info

    The tourist information office is situated in the car park and is open March - Oct daily from 10-5, between November - Feb the times are 10.30 - 4pm.Here is Boscastle scenes were also filmed for the movie Oscar and Lucinda featuring Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett.

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  • Witchcraft

    There is a 'Witchcraft Museum' in Boscastle which is said to be over 40 years old and also has the largest collection of witchcraft displays in the world. It was damaged very much as were a lot of the collection during the floods but now is open again.

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  • Walks

    A 13th century castle remains on the hillside and for those of you eho like walking there are walks signposted along the hills above the village.

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  • Thomas Hardy

    Thomas Hardy on a visit to a church called St Juliots close by Boscastle met his future nridge Emma Gifford, on 7th March 1870. He had apparently come to the church at the invitation of an architect to oversee restoration work.

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  • The village

    This village isnt actually on the coastal as such but nestled in a valley between the hills on either side. 2 rivers meet here and flow into an estuary which then flows out to sea. It was here that the rivers became so swollen that it flooded the banks and the High Street.

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  • National Trust

    The National Trust own a lot of the land and coastal area around here and pay for the upkeep.Looking at this picture what can you see?Its an outline of Queen Victoria!

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  • Devastation

    Thre ironic thing about these floods is that a village not really that far away in North Devon called Lymouth had floods itself 52 years to the day earlier but with more devasting results in that 35people lost their lives.

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  • Floods

    In August 2004 we were watching the evening news when it came on about the floods in this little village. Being a few hundred miles away from us, it didnt affect us but nevertheless it was just unbelievable to see cars actually being swept down the High Street and into the river which leads to the sea. People whose houses were under water and I...

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  • The Museum of Witchcraft

    The Museum of Witchcraft houses the world's largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia. The museum is over 50 years old and has been in Boscastle since 1960. As you walk around the museum, you are led from displays concerning the history of witchcraft, and in particular the persecution of witches in the 16th and 17th centuries,...

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  • Looking for LFK

    LFK's final day in Cornwall, and Wayne (Bugalugs' husband), is explaining about the Atlantic Ocean, which LFK recently crossed on his journey fron New York. Today, Monday, he's off to Germany, where he will enjoy some great beers!

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  • Must See The Scenery!!

    The biggest activity in Boscastle, besides perhaps a cool beer, is the sightseeing. Take the path to the right of the River Valency, through the terrace of Holiday Cottages, and walk out to the Headland, stopping once in a while to admire 360 degrees of spectacular panoramic scenery. On a cool, breezy day, do ensure you have a warm coat, and...

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Boscastle Restaurants

  • Pixies were once here

    The original cafe on this spot stood there for 300 years until it met the full force of the 10ft waterfall than rushed down the valley in 2004.Now rebuilt it continues to serve Cornish Cream Teas and other refreshments to visitors. We were so glad to sit down there after our walk and scramble on the coastal path. Excellent pot of tea , scones,...

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  • A real treat

    The rains had come and as we ran for shelter we somehow ended up in the pub!!!!! A very nice, friendly and relaxes atmosphere.Prince Charles even visited this pub after the floods.Bar food and also a resutant upstairs.Car park right across the road.The pub used to be a warehouse before being converted to a pub/restaurant.The pub also features live...

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  • Quick, filling, lunch or snacks!

    Not a restaurant, but a bakery shop. They do a fine range of pasties, from the traditional Cornish, to Steak and Stilton (and a vegetable one for the veggies). Good pastry, tasty fillings, and it won't break the bank. Cornish Pasty - the real thing! Don't be fooled by Ginsters.

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Boscastle Transportation

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    by ranger49 Written Oct 19, 2008

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    We arrived by car and followed very clear signs to the Car Park which is just a few yards upstream from the mainroad into the harbour village.

    It is a large carpark with plenty of spaces, standing on the ground of the old car park that was damaged in the flood. The new improved parking facility occupies a larger area which includes an extension , formerly meadowland ,owned by the National Trust.

    It is , not unreasonably, a paying carpark.
    At the exit/pay point there are new public toilet facilities.

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Boscastle Shopping

  • Outdoor Clothing

    During our visit to Boscastle it became a little chilly and I realised I hadn't brought my jacket with me. Lucky enough there is an excellent outdoor clothing shop right in the heart of the village. This little shop is packed to the brim with waterproofs, fleeces and even walking shoes. The prices were very reasonable too.

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  • Classier Souvenirs

    The National Trust owns and is responsible for much of the land in and around Boscastle. This includes the cliffs at the harbour entrance, woodland and meadows in the Valency valley and Forrabury Stitches, which is still cultivated using the medieval method of stitchmeal.It is worth mentioning here that many remains have been found in the area...

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  • Local Things

    Local shops in Boscastle have change dramatically over the past 40 years. I remember a Petrol Filling Station, and a local Grocery Store at the harbourside, now both gone, and replaced with 'traditional' Gift Shops, catering for the tourist. Some of these shops are open all year round, as Boscastle is visited by many tourists throughout the year....

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Boscastle Favorites

  • Withcraft, ghosts, cream teas!

    A place to stroll and lingerWonderful, wonderful place. Ghosts. Witchcraft. Cream teas. Stroll along the medieval harbour, created naturally at the intersection of three rivers, which winds through steep cliffs to the Atlantic Ocean. And it's the meeting of these three rivers which are said to denote a place of spiritual significance making...

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  • Thomas Hardy and Boscastle

    Hardy came to Boscastle when, still employed as an architect, to carry out some work on the Parish Church of St Juliot in the Valency Valley above Boscastle.Whilst staying in the village he met Emma Gifford whose sister was married to the Rector and who became his wife in 1874.His third, and less wel known novel "A Pair of Blue Eyes" is set in...

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  • Some Other Places To Visit

    Here are a couple of other well-known local delights:THE COBWEB INN: Free House. Real Ales. Family Room. Bar snacks. Full Restaurant. Live music every Saturday evening from 9pm till midnight. TEL: 01840-250278 The Cobweb Inn was, until quite recently, just that; an Inn with cobwebs!! Until Health and Safety and Food and Hygiene Regulations became...

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