Villages, Towns and Cities

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Plymouth

Although much of Plymouth is not very beautiful it has it’s high spots.  The Barbican is the only bit that survived wartime bombing – you can visit the quay where the Mayflower left to take the settlers to the New World.  The Hoe has wonderful sea views.  The Aquarium is the UK’s biggest.  In normal times there is a lot of theatre, dance and music going on.  You can drive using the bridge or Torpoint chain ferry, or arrive on foot using the Cremyll passenger ferry.

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Hessenford

Your local village!  It's a small collection of cottages and houses, with a pub and a church.  Hessenford is a conservation area and the houses are beautifully looked after.

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Truro

One of the England's smallest cities and a real treat.  The cathedral is wonderful so do pop in if you visit.  There is plenty of good shopping and some nice places to eat.  It is also home to the Hall for Cornwall (currently closed for renovation)

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Looe

Pronounced “Loo” - very busy in the season but it's a lovely village – especially along by the harbour in the evenings.  Plenty of restaurants but book ahead in summer.  Nice little passenger ferry between East and West Looe – saves walking back to the bridge.  “Catch” fish and chips next to the ferry is the nicest in town.  You might think about getting to Looe by leaving the car in Liskeard and catching the train – lovely quirky single track line.

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Polperro

Lovely traditional fishing village and beautiful harbour.  It's fun to arrive on foot around the coast path from Talland Bay (45 mins) or Lansallos (2.5 hours).  Some good shops and galleries.  Guests recommend the Three Pilchards pub – good food and generous portions, and a nice terrace.  The cafe to the left of the harbour by the museum is good too.

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Liskeard

Largely for your nearest supermarkets but the museum has interesting information on the town's mining heritage and Stuart House is an arts and heritage centre.  Pronounce it Lis-kard and you'll sound like a local!