Visit Mevagissey, Cornwall. Here you'll find all the information you need to plan your holiday in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Self-catering Cottages and Campsites. Named after two Irish saints, St Meva and St Issey, the village dates back to at least 1313. Narrow streets and steep valley sides lead down to the centre of the old Mevagissey where the distinctive twin harbour provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats that land their daily catch of skate, lobster, plaice and sole.
Mevagissey is a traditional Cornish fishing village on the South Coast of Cornwall about 5 miles south of St Austell. Mevagissey is a working fishing village with an inner and outer harbour, complete with a fleet of small fishing boats.
During the 17th century the fishermen used to make their living from pilchards and smuggling. Many of the buildings around the harbour were connected with the sea, ranging from boat builders, coopers, fish merchants and warehouses. The inner harbour dates back to 1774, and the outer harbour to 1888. However the outer harbour walls were washed away in the storms of the great blizzard in March 1891. They were rebuilt and completed in 1897.
Much expensive work has been carried out over the years to maintain the structures, culminating in £1.25 million spent in 1998 to strengthen the outer pier. Mevagissey harbour is a Trust Port, and is also registered as a Charity.
The picturesque narrow streets leading down to the harbour still retain some of the charm of an age when the horse and cart were the main method of transport, but nowadays the streets are filled with tourists and cars each competing for space.
We welcome visiting yachts and will do our very best to accommodate them. Berths are available on the South pier, which is safe as long as the wind is not in the East. If wind is from the East and over force 3, it is strongly recommended to proceed to Fowey.
Visiting yachts: Up to 2 hours FREE. Longer at overnight rate.
Overnight: All visiting boats £20 including VAT.
The harbour also runs the Marine Aquarium housed in what was originally the RNLI boat house. See at first hand the fish that live in the Cornish waters, with staff on hand to answer any questions.
This is FREE OF CHARGE, but donations are welcome.
The Harbour Office
Harbour Office: 01726 843305
Out of hours: 07486 471931