Hayle was for many years a centre of the copper mining and smelting industry. The town is situated in St. Ive's Bay, at the mouth of the Hayle river. The estuary of the Hayle is an important habitat for wildfowl and wading birds, and today more visitors are drawn by birdwatching opportunities than the industrial heritage of the town!

Outside the town are three miles of lovely golden beaches, popular with surfers an windsurfers as well as the "spade and bucket brigade". The beaches are backed with an extensive network of sand dunes. The sand here as made Hayle a popular destination for landspeed sailing. Nearby Godrevy Lighthouse is said to be the model for Virginia Wolfe's novel "To the Lighthouse". Hayle hosts an annual Heritage Festival Week each August.

Near Hayle is the Paradise Park wildlife centre, an enjoyable family attraction that houses endangered species of parrots from around the globe, as well as owls, birds of prey, otters, penguins, and more. The park contains a Special Breeds Farm and Cornish Otter Sanctuary. The indoor Jungle Barn provides an energy outlet for the young folk on wet days!

About Hayle
Address: Hayle, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Town
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OS: SW558 375


NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary - 0.6 miles (Family Attraction) Heritage Rating

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden - 3.2 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Tate St Ives - 3.3 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Ludgvan, St Paul's Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Towednack Church - 4.5 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Godolphin - 4.7 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

St Michael's Mount - 5.4 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Chysauster Ancient Village - 5.6 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating



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Hayle
Tourist Information Centre
Hayle Library
Commercial Road
Hayle
Cornwall
England
TR27 4DE
Tel: 01736 753 196
Alternate Tel: 01736 754 399
Fax: 01736 755 932
Email: hayletouristinformation@cornwall.gov.uk
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