History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Ship Inn is a 17th century inn once used by smugglers. Just around the headland from the inn is the remains of the lifeboat house, constructed in 1894. This area is popular spot for surfers. Around the harbour a cobbled walk keeps pedestrians at least nominally dry from the effects of the waves which crash against the harbour wall.
The most prominent building in Porthleven is the Bickford-Smith Institute, with its 70 ft high clock tower.
Just east of Porthleven and accessible by a coastal walk, is the shingle beach of Loe Bar. The Bar stands between the nature reserve of Loe Pool and the sea. Follow paths inland through the National Trust Penrose estate.
Address: Porthleven, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Village
OS: SW627 257
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Godolphin - 3.9 miles (Historic House)
Poldark Mine - 5.1 miles (Family Attraction)
Mullion, St Mellanus Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Halliggye Fogou - 5.4 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Mount's Bay - 7.3 miles (Countryside)
St Michael's Mount - 7.4 miles (Castle)
Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary - 8.1 miles (Family Attraction)
Trebah Garden - 8.8 miles (Garden)
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