The Lille Tourist Office is located in the Country Kitchen café and is the place to buy maps, book your accommodation or tickets for attractions near Mevagissey such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project.
This museum is a real gem, documenting the port’s rich history, full of information, historic pictures and it even has a Cornish kitchen complete with Cornish range cooker, Clome oven (where you had to light the wood in it to heat it, then rake the wood out and cook with the heat left in it. Other artefacts on view include a Cider Press, manacles, Bronze Age remnants and a Mevagissey Pound note. The building itself dates back to 1745 and was used to construct and repair smuggler’s boats.
Easter to October: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
July and August: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: Free (Donations welcome)
An outer harbour was added in 1888, but the walls and lighthouse were washed away in the great blizzard in 1891. The outer walls were rebuilt and completed by 1897. Since then more expensive work has been carried out to maintain the harbour, culminating in £1.25 million spent in 1998 to strengthen the outer pier.
The original Mevagissey lighthouse was destroyed in the great blizzard of 1891; this lighthouse is renowned for leading to the town supposedly being the first in the UK to have street lighting. In 1895, a pilchard-powered power station was built for the sole purpose of lighting the new lighthouse, after installing it was discovered that there was also enough power to light the town’s streets too. This one was first lit in 1896 and stands at nine metres high.
The inner harbour consisting of the current East and West Quays dates back to 1774 and does dry out, visiting boats are not allowed inside. This harbour is where most of the activity is and is surrounded by shops, pubs and restaurants.
The Mevagissey Harbour Marine Aquarium was officially re-opened in June 2006 and is located within the old lifeboat house; the aquarium is a charity run project that raises awareness between the fishing industry and the general public. Money collected from the Mevagissey Aquarium is put towards the maintenance of Mevagissey Harbour.
April to September
Sunday to Saturday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: Free (Donations welcome)
About 10 miles away from Mevagissey between St Austell and Bodmin is the world famous Eden Project.
Two huge biospheres in an old china clay pit, the Eden Project brings a rainforest and a Mediterranean climate to the heart of Cornwall.
There is plenty to see here but you need to have some interest in plants and gardens to really appreciate it.
As well as the gardens there are shops and restaurants and a constant programme of concerts and events staged here.
The admission as at 2010 is £16 for adults (plus concessions for kids and the elderly).
Allow half a day to really enjoy the place and be prepared for a steamy climate in the rainforest.
Eden Project, you have got to see the Eden project even if it is only the once,it is very impressive.
Buses: Run daily from St Austell, Newquay, Helston, Falmouth and Truro to the Eden Project. For details call Truronian on 01872 273453. No need to book. You can buy a combined bus / Eden admission ticket on the bus.
Trains: The nearest train station to the Eden Project is St Austell. Buses connect with most mainline rail services. A combined train, bus transfer and admission ticket is available for a small supplement. Call 08457 484950 for details.
This place really needs your full attention for the day, especially if the weather is good.
I suppose you could split the visit up into two sections. The first section being the gardens and tropical jungles area and the other the more formal gardens with the vegetable and fruit.
We had a great time exploring the vast gardens and tropical jungle areas.
I haven't been to the Eden project, which is also close by, but I understand that the Heligan gardens are more of an outside experience and so your choice of the two places may depend on the weather at the time.
We had really good weather and so enjoyed the open spaces and the fresh air of the Heligan gardens.
The Green Lady,
there is all sorts to see here at eden project also different cultures,but without spoiling it for you,i will say its worth a trip and allow a full day.
The Eden Project communicates its story in a Living Theater of Plants and People based in a large crater in which nestle two vast greenhouses (Biomes). These house plants, crops and landscapes from the humid tropics and warm temperate regions and act as a backdrop to the temperate landscape, which we call the Outdoor Biome. Eden uses exhibitions, art, storytelling, workshops, lectures and events to put messages across to both the public and formal education groups. The underlying concept presents to the widest possible public audience the need for environmental care through a celebration of what nature gives to us. Eden is demonstrating behavior change on site, holding a mirror to our values and civilization and encouraging respect for the things that sustain us.
with Over 200 acres of superb working Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds together with a magnificent complex of walled gardens. Summerhouses, lawns, lakes and ponds, huge productive gardens and fruithouses, and 22-acre subtropical jungle, are just some of the delights of this “Sleeping Beauty”. Heligan Home Farm and pioneering Horsemoor Hide invite visitors to witness the outer estate being brought back into “good heart”
Created as a horticultural playground for experimenting with the new passion for subtropical plants that swept the country one hundred and fifty years ago, this twenty two acre steep-sided valley garden is home to some of the lushest vegetation in the country. Here you will find a series of four ponds, the largest collection of tree ferns in Europe, palms, thickets of bamboo and numerous exotic trees and shrubs.
The boardwalk that meanders through this magnificent valley will transport you on a journey far from our temperate shores.
if you get the chance ,take the ferry from Mevagissey to the delightful port of Fowey
there is several shops and cafes to see
you can also hire a small boat to explore the inlets.
If you are lucky you might see the cruiser in the picture.
Out on the breakwater (left hand one), we came across a group of young girls taking the plunge. They were running, and jumping into the water, some 20 feet below. They knew that the water was deep enough for this activity (7 Meters at that time), but it's not to be recommended to visitors. There are some nasty sea currents here, and you have to know what you are doing, and what the tide's doing too!
The inner harbour is a colourful sight with the fishing boats and daily sea catch being brought in.
Megavissey is the largest fishing village in Mevagissey Bay. Its working harbour has an unbroken tradition of boat building since 1745.
Spend some tme in the peaceful harbour and enjoy the views of the boats, the birds and the lighthouse...whilst eating an ice cream of course.