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St Mawes, located at the mouth of the River Fal on the Roseland Peninsula, is one of the most popular holiday destinations of the South Coast of Cornwall. The Village is incredibly well resourced with a good selection of shops, beaches, activities, attractions and restaurants all within walking or foot ferry distance. This picturesque village is certainly the largest on the Roseland Peninsula, and can be busy in peak periods, fortunately this does not detract from the charm of the village.

Once a sleepy fishing village now a stylish holiday destination for those just wishing to be near the sea or for the more nautical visitor the sailing waters here are spectacular. On the other side of the mouth of the River Fal is Falmouth, which can be accessed via foot ferry from St Mawes, offering a larger town equally well stocked with shops, restaurants, activities and attractions.

Also accessible by foot ferry is Place Manor and St Anthony Headland across the Percuil River on the Portscatho side. The Lighthouse at St Anthony warning sailors of the Manacle Rocks off the Lizard Peninsula and is now automated and open to visitors during the season. There are also the remains of a WWII gun battery as well as several walks around the headland and the best views of the whole of the Roseland Peninsula.

St Mawes has a sailing club, tennis courts, sailing school & kayaks for hire, a 16th century Henry VIII castle, public gardens and numerous gift shops & galleries and beaches.

St Mawes hold their annual Carnival Week the first week in August followed by Falmouth Regatta week held every second week in August. On the last Saturday of Carnival week a procession through the town with floats and fancy dress on foot is well attended. The Friday of Regatta week is a whole village event, with sailing during the day visible from the seafront and an evening of entertainment on the quay. Both events are well worth a visit if you’re staying in St Mawes or on the Roseland Peninsula.

St Mawes has a host of places to eat out ranging from café’s and homemade sandwiches on the beach to amazing restaurants with fine wine and stunning views across the bay, there’s something for everyone. The Victory Inn offers fresh local fish and seasonal produce, in a cosy inn in the centre of the village. The Rising Sun has a wonderful sun terrace, which is extremely popular on sunny days, the menu is suitable for all and well presented tasty food. Hotel Tresanton has the best views from the terrace in the whole of St Mawes. There’s nothing like a cream tea watching the boats pass, or candlelight dinner in warmer months.

Summers Beach, the biggest beach in St Mawes faces the harbour and gets great sun throughout the day. Perfect for launching small dinghies, rock pooling, making sandcastles, swimming or paddling.

Lamorran Gardens, located on Upper Castle Road in St Mawes. This beautiful 4-acre sub tropical garden at Lamorran House is in a stunning position with fantastic views to St Anthony’s Headland and the sea. It is set on the side of a hill where sub tropical plants thrive and the water gardens are in Mediterranean and Japanese settings where palm trees abound.

Henry VII built St Mawes Castle, an English Heritage site, in 1540-45 as part of a pair of castles defending the River Fal from the threat of invasion from Europe. Pendennis Castle on the Falmouth side makes up the pair of defences. St Mawes Castle has retained much of its Tudor design as Pendennis became the dominant fortress in the region.

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