The 10 Best Things to Do in St Mawes, United Kingdom (UK)

February 28, 2018 Elouise Mccaul

St Mawes (Cornish: Lannvowsedh) is a small town opposite Falmouth, on the Roseland Peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It lies on the east bank of the Carrick Roads, a large waterway created after the Ice Age from an ancient valley which flooded as the melt waters caused the sea level to rise dramatically, creating an immense natural harbour, often claimed to be the third largest in the world. It was once a busy fishing port, but the trade declined during the 20th century and it now serves as a popular tourist location, with many properties in the town functioning as holiday accommodation. The town is in the civil parish of St Just in Roseland.
Restaurants in St Mawes

1. St Mawes Ferry

St Mawes Quay, St Mawes TR2 5AG, England +44 1326 741194
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4.5 based on 365 reviews

St Mawes Ferry

The St Mawes Ferry connects the charming fishing village of St Mawes with the bustling port of Falmouth. The ferry provides an all year round service to over 162,000 visitors and commuters a year and is an absolute must for anyone visiting Cornwall. Passing the impressive Castles of St Mawes and Pendennis, the ferry route takes you on a magical journey across the Carrick Roads.

Reviewed By Colin A - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

A nice 25 minute ferry ride to St Mawes from Falmouth cost £10 each return and on a lovely day it was a wonderful way to take in the harbour. The vessel, the Queen of Falmouth, is a beautifully maintained timber boat. punctual and friendly crew including the 5 month old springer spaniel who seems to be the first mate :-). Highly recommended.

2. St. Mawes Castle

St Mawes TR2 5DE, England +44 1326 270526
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4.5 based on 489 reviews

St. Mawes Castle

This round stone artillery fortress was built for Henry the Eighth in 1542, using a cloverleaf plan with a four-storied round tower. Take the free audio tour to discover life at the castle during the Civil War and explore the castle and grounds with its stunning views out to sea. Child friendly and dog friendly.

Reviewed By Anthony R - Wilmington, Delaware

St. Mawes is a beautifully preserved architectural relic with stunning views of the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay. Visitors are free to roam nearly the entire castle and its grounds, and there is no set path, so wandering is encouraged. There are not many informational signs, but plenty of literature is available in the well-stocked gift shop.

3. St. Anthony Head Walk

National Trust Porth Car Park, St Mawes TR2 5EZ, England +44 1392 383560
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5 based on 86 reviews

St. Anthony Head Walk

Reviewed By keithjgsmith - Liskeard, United Kingdom

We've done this walk or parts of it a few times...the scenery is magnificent and it's not a difficult walk although you get spectacular views. The Beaches are amazing and often quiet.

4. St Mawes Sit on Kayaks, Mini Cruises & Water Taxi

The Quay, St Mawes TR2 5DG, England
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St Mawes Sit on Kayaks, Mini Cruises & Water Taxi

We hire single and double sit-on top kayaks, and run RIB trips and a Water Taxi service from the quay, in the pretty South Cornish sea-side village of St. Mawes. See the area under paddle power- it's magical. Explore the tranquil Percuil River and creeks, or venture as far as the lighthouse at "Fraggle Rock". For an added hit of adrenalin, step aboard "Paramour", our 8 passenger rigid inflatable boat (RIB). For a blast into the bay, visit a waterside hostelry, visit The Helford River or take an evening water taxi trip.

Reviewed By Julian E - Exeter, United Kingdom

We are currently staying in a cottage on the Fal Estuary. Last night we had dinner in Falmouth and booked the water taxi to return us to our cottage. The four of us had an experience of a lifetime, the trip at almost 9pm was brilliant. We spent perhaps 20 minutes on the water, travelling at times very fast, yet very smooth and skimming over the water.
I can highly recommend this as a unique way to visit or return from Falmouth. Mark the owner was very helpful and knowledgeable about the river.

5. Fish & Trips of St Mawes

St Mawes Harbour, St Mawes, England
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Fish & Trips of St Mawes

Reviewed By Roseriedelahay - Hampshire, United Kingdom

Was looking forward to going fishing and the trip was well organised. What most impressed me was that all those fishing were given assistance removing fish from lines and all the fish was cleaned and gutted on the return journey. The catch was shared out between all six of us. Being of mature years, I found not being able to sit was tiring but I really enjoyed the trip.

6. Lamorran House Garden

Lamorran Upper Castle Road, St Mawes TR2 5BZ, England +44 1326 270800
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Lamorran House Garden

Subtropical Italianate inspired garden on Cornwall's beautiful Roseland peninsula.

Reviewed By Nikkisibley - Ascot, United Kingdom

We visited while staying in St Mawes and were so glad we did. A beautiful tropical garden with hidden pathways, lovely views and secret statues. There's a Terrace where teas and light refreshments are served, which was a nice surprise. It's only open on Wednesdays and Sundays, so plan well, but it's worth it.
The leaflets say it's one of the top 10 Gardens in the UK and I can see why. Highly recommended.

7. Place Ferry

St Mawes Harbour, St Mawes TR2 5AG, England +44 7791 283884
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Place Ferry

Crossing St Mawes Harbour and operating seven days a week, the Place ferry runs a regular service between St Mawes and Place Creek on the Roseland Peninsula. Along with the St Mawes Ferry, it forms an integral part of the South West Coast Path, saving walkers at least a day's extra walking. Outside of peak season and when not busy, the Place Ferry also can operate as a water taxi, taking you from your mooring to shore. Contact us for more details. Four legged friends welcome on leads.

Reviewed By Madrongirl - Penzance, United Kingdom

Small boat - only holds 12 passengers but runs regularly and returns as quickly as possible if it has to leave some behind.Hi there, Thank you very much for your nice review, we're glad you had a nice trip. Best wishes, Ryan

8. Get On Board SUP

Harbour, St Mawes, England
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5 based on 12 reviews

Get On Board SUP

Stand up paddle board taster sessions, tuition, hire and coaching. Offers kids and family sessions throughout the summer school holidays, as well as group events and paddle nights. Bookable via phone or email outside of the peak season.

Reviewed By Beets M - Bristol

We went for one session of paddle boarding and we found it brilliant. We were carefully briefed before getting on the water, and The instructor was knoweledgeble a and patient, however everybody could already stand up without any trouble! The lesson was taken to Place, where it was calm and wonderful for more advanced skills and techniques! By the end, however many times we fell in, everyone was left with a Smile across their face! Thank you to Luke for a great experience!

9. Roseland Visitor Centre

The Square, St Mawes TR2 5AG, England +(44)441326270440
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Roseland Visitor Centre

Tourist information for St Mawes and the Roseland.

Reviewed By Keith M - Greater London, United Kingdom

although we were visiting out of season, the center was still staffed by two very happy ladies who made us most welcome, loaded us up with leaflets of the surrounding areas attractions, (most of which we had already seen in our welcome pack at cockle...MoreI'm very happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you for the positive review.

10. Summers Beach

St Mawes TR2 5AN, England
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4 based on 9 reviews

Summers Beach

Reviewed By Richard10 - Woking, United Kingdom

Summers Beach (also known as Freshwater Beach is the largest beach in St Mawes. It is mainly pebbly but with some sand and it is long and fairly narrow. It can be uncomfortable to sit on but at the back there are some large concrete steps where you can lie or bring your own chairs. At low tide there are some rocks pools. Also if you are a strong swimmer there is a platform you can swim out to. It is a nice place to relax but understand in peak season it gets very busy especially with families.

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