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National Rail | station code LOO

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Looe is a small coastal town and fishing port on both sides of the river. East Looe includes the fishing harbour, main shopping streets, sandy beach and pier, all about ½ mile from the station. West Looe is quieter, Hannafore Road leads to a beach with rock pools and views of Looe Island about 1 mile from the station. Looe is pronounced 'Loo'.

TI The Guildhall, Fore Street, East Looe. Tel. 01503 262072. |

Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

If you plan to book a self-catering cottage in the countryside or a small village check the location carefully and remember to plan your grocery shopping.

Looe Cornwall National Trust Holidays

Looe Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol Higher Market Street, ½ mile

The 15th century Guildhall contains displays covering Looe's history, especially fishing, boat building and smuggling. Original features can be seen including the Gaol cells and raised magistrates bench. Tel. 01503 263826.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1100-1600.

Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary 2½ miles (see note below)

Woolly monkeys, capuchin monkeys, barbary macaques and more. Bat cave and wildlife room. Gardens and play area. Cafe. Picnic area. Tel. 0844 272 1271.
Open Apr-Sep, MTWThSSu 1100-1630. Mar & Oct, SSu 1100-1630.
Walking route: follow the South West Coast Path from East Cliff to Bay View Farm, then continue along the quiet road (NOT the Coast Path) another ½ mile to the entrance.

Looe Island Nature Reserve by boat

A marine nature reserve just off the coast of Looe. A marked trail around the island takes in the site of a Benedictine chapel built in 1139. Tel. 01872 273939.
Open Easter-Sep, only by official organised trips, please see website.
Boat: please see Nature Reserve website.

Looe map

Polperro 5 miles or by bus then ½ mile

Polperro is one of Cornwall's most picturesque villages with narrow winding streets and cottages on steep slopes overlooking a small harbour. It is 5 miles from Looe via the South West Coast Path with buses available if you don't wish to walk both ways.

Bus 72/73 from station to Polperro Crumplehorn then ½ mile walk downhill to the village centre and harbour. 20-25 minutes journey, M-S hourly, Sun 2-hourly, extra buses in summer. Operated by Plymouth Citybus as 'Go Cornwall'. In summer horse and electric bus services operate between the Crumplehorn and harbour.

Polperro Model Village, Polperro by bus then ½ mile

The village of Polperro in miniature and learn about the Cornish myths and legends. OO gauge model railway.Tel. 01503 272378.
Open Easter-Oct, Daily 1030-1800.
Bus see Polperro above.

Polperro Heritage Museum, Polperro by bus then ½ mile

A small museum on the harbourside covering the history of fishing and smuggling in Polperro. Collection of model ships. Tel. 01503 273005.
Open Easter-Oct, Daily 1030-1630.
Bus see Polperro above.

Polperro map

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