History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Mevagissey is very much a traditional Cornish fishing village, the largest in St. Austell Bay. The name originates in the old Cornish dialect for "Meva-ag-issey", which means "the towns of Meva and Issey". Meva and Issey were two 6th century Irish missionaries who came to convert the area to Christianity.
The streets of this unspoilt town are a delightful twisting hodge-podge of whitewashed buildings lining narrow passageways.
Mevagissey is a working fishing port, though visitors can hire boats for trips around the bay. For a bit more active adventure, book a shark fishing outing or deep sea fishing trip at the pier. If you prefer to stay on dry land there is excellent walking on the clifftops above the town (and the views of town and sea are superb!).
I've visited Mevagissey twice; once in gorgeous sunshine and once in heavy rain. Both times I enjoyed myself immensely; it really is one of the most picturesque fishing ports in Cornwall, and that's saying something!
The World of Model Railways Exhibition
This small museum near the harbour boasts over 2000 model trains and 50 working locomotives, children's favourites display, and train shop.
Set in a historic building on the harbour edge, the museum displays of traditional Cornish customs and heritage, devoted mainly to the Victorian period in the town, with archival photographs and maritime models.
Located in the old lifeboat building on the harbour edge. Proceeds from the aquarium are used to keep the harbour clean.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Possibly the largest garden restoration project undertaken in Europe. The Lost Gardens were overgrown for 70 years, but now they are being meticulously rebuilt as they were in the Victorian period.
Eden Project - Two gigantic plant conservatories, the largest in the world, made up of 800 pieces of interlocking hexagons without any internal support.
Address: Mevagissey, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Village
OS: SX014 448
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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World of Model Railways Exhibition - 0.1 miles (Family Attraction)
Mevagissey Museum - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Mevagissey Sealife Aquarium - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Lost Gardens of Heligan - 1.4 miles (Garden)
Caerhays Castle and Garden - 3.7 miles (Garden)
Pine Lodge Gardens - 5.3 miles (Garden)
Tregrehan Garden - 5.9 miles (Garden)
Par, St Mary's Church - 6.1 miles (Historic Church)
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