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A Day Out In Looe

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Looe is a beautiful coastal town situated in South East Cornwall. There’s so much to do here in this picturesque town, so make sure you bring the whole family along for a great day out.

The town has a small harbour, and through the valley lies River Looe. This vibrant town is perfect for taking photos, strolling across the sandy beaches or finding your way through woodland trails.

Let’s find out what else you have in store…

Catch the train

A lovely way to enter Looe is by train. A great line to catch is from Liskeard, where you can sit back and relax whilst watching the beautiful countryside.

The ride will follow the river towards the coast, making it a stress-free experience to travel to this small town.

Harbour watch

Sit beside the working harbour quay, and watch the fishermen go about their day.

You will find that every restaurant will serve the freshest fish, which comes straight from the fishermen or the local market.

There are many boat trips available from the harbour. It’s a great way to sight-see and experience wildlife in their natural habitat, plus you'll be able to see Looe in a new perspective.

Head to the beach

Looe Beach is a great location to admire your surroundings.

You’re more than welcome to take a dip, it’s also a great spot to do a bit of snorkelling!

Whether you want to relax or explore, it’s a great beach for the whole family. There are a number of facilities close by, such as toilets and cafes just a stone’s throw away.

The beach gets very popular during the summer months, but once you find a spot you’ll find comfort in no time.

Visit Looe Island

Looe Island also known as St George’s Island is accessible during the day for visitors during the summer.

It sits just one mile off the Cornish coast, with 22.5 acres, and magnificent woods to explore alongside coastal views to be adored. Look out towards Prawle Point in Devon and also overlook the Lizard Peninsula.

You can find all sorts of activities to do at Looe Island. When the weather is sunny and the waves are safe, you can happily bath in the sea or lie back and relax on one of the island’s beaches.

The whole family can go on a stroll around the island, explore the rocky coves, caves and woodland.

Trips to the island will begin this Easter, until the end of September depending on tide and weather.

Visit Looe Museum

Looe Museum is a small museum packed with interesting facts and artefacts, focusing on the history of this popular coastal town.

Walk and discover the past of Looe’s social and economic history. Get up and close to a tooth from a Mastodon and admire the collection of crystals and minerals.

If you’re interested in family history, you will be able to gain access to information about Looe families.

Meet the monkeys!

The Monkey Sanctuary have been providing a safe home for monkeys since 1964. Come and visit for a fun afternoon to gain insight into this working sanctuary.

Watch interactive talks, explore the wildlife gardens, attend workshops and keep an eye out for the many events held throughout the year. You also do not want to miss the bat cave where you can learn about the mystery behind these incredible mammals.

The kids can also monkey around on the outdoor play area! If you fancy a stroll around the grounds, explore the many gardens filled with beautiful flowers, ponds and wildlife.

The Tree Top Café is a great spot to end your visit. Sit back and relax with delicious food and drink, while you take in the views of the sanctuary. There’s also a fantastic picnic area where you enjoy your own food, when the sun is shining.

Get your walking boots on

The Talland Bay and Giant’s Hedge from Looe station provides a great walking experience for those wanting a challenge.

The 7.4 mile walk is thought to be 1200 years old. Explore the wooded estuary and keep your eye out for amazing wildlife on your travels. Talland Bay provides hidden beaches and breath taking views, so the uphill climbs will all be worth it!

Grab a bite to eat

There are many places to have a bite to eat in Looe. From independent cafes, to many spots making the perfect picnic location.

Squid Ink is a lovely restaurant offering a warm welcome. Expect delicious and fresh seafood dishes, alongside contemporary British dishes with a Meditteranean and Asian influence. Sit back and relax beside the toasty fire.  

Other spots such as Daisy’s Café and Black Rock Beach Café provides a relaxing place to grab a hot drink or a break away from your busy day exploring the town.

Looe is a dynamic town, with so much to discover for the whole family – will you be visiting soon?

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