10 things to do in Looe
Magnificent walks, delicious food, something more adventurous or the chance to idle away an hour on the beach there’s plenty to do in Looe if you’re visiting for the weekend or enjoying a summer break in Cornwall. With so many things to see here’s our top things to do in Looe.
Food Glorious Food
Looe is flooded with great dining options and nothing goes hand in hand with the Cornish experience like pasties. There are many great pasty options but in our opinion Sarah’s Pasty Shop is the one to top the cake. If you’re after a dining experience complete with the stunning views, then sitting in Sea Kitchen at Hannafore Point is the place to be. Whilst, Larsson’s Coffee House & Creperie is cosy and quirky and the crepes, both sweet and savory, are a must have!
Explore on Foot
Cornwall has some of the best scenery in the country and the best way to see it is on foot. The route to Polperro is one of the most picturesque trails imaginable and you can stop half way for a bite to eat at Talland Bay. Alternatively, following the coast path east will take you on the trail to Seaton Beach. Taking you across roughly 4 miles this route offers stunning views all along the way.
Looe also has fantastic inland routes for you to try. The Ridgeway path will take you on a trail that hugs the West Looe River before taking you through the tranquil Kilminorth woods.
Enjoy a Boat Trip
A standout attraction for any visit to the fishing port is a trip out to Looe Island, a marine nature reserve the waters around it are teaming with marine animals whilst the quiet haven inland provides a sanctuary for wildlife.
If you’d like to see what’s under the water without getting your toes wet Looe’s very own glass bottom boat will allow you to watch the sea life under your feet whilst cruising around Looe Island, exploring caves and spotting seals.
A little more fast and furious a Superstar Speedboat Trip a unique way to explore Looe from the sea.
Shop ‘til you Drop
Treat yourself or take something home for a friend, the narrow streets of East Looe are teeming with independent and unique shops.
If you’re after something Purely Cornish, this shop sells everything from local cheese, chocolate and honey, all the way to treats for you dog. Fancy getting a bit creative? Paint a Pot is a ceramic studio where you can design and paint your own pottery. Or, why not save a life while buying a souvenir? The RNLI shop is run by volunteers, and all profits help save lives at sea.
Sandy Toes – Looe’s Beaches
East Looe Beach is a great family beach that sits directly in front of the town. With Banjo Pier to the right-hand side and the colloquially named Mount Ararat to the left, the location is instantly recognizable.
Walking roughly 25 minutes along the coastal path from East Looe, Millendreath Beach is a beautiful sheltered cove with soft sand and numerous rock pools to explore. More secluded, Portnadler beach has is the spot for beach lovers who want a more peaceful experience.
Cast a net – Fishing in Looe
Looe is a fishing town, so casting a net and trying your hand at fishing is must when you visit, and the charter angling boat trips are perfect for the serious or casual fisherman. Enjoy a full day exploring offshore reefs and wrecks in search of large Pollack, Ling and Coley, or shorter trips reef or mackerel fishing.
Or have a go at crabbing off the Quayside. All you need is a bucket, net, weight and some bait and shops in Looe sell the whole kit for a couple of pounds.
Looe is also one of the shark fishing capitals of the world. Trips can be at the booked club’s office at Middleton’s Corner on East Looe quay. The main species targeted are Blue Sharks, however all sharks caught are tagged and released alive.
Visit the Museum
The Old Guildhall Museum itself is a look into the past as it’s over 550 years old. The museum covers the history of Looe from early times to the present. There are also prehistoric artefacts from the area, notably a tooth from a Mastodon over two million years old!
Want to try something a little more active? Head to the Black Rock Beach Club at Millendreath beach to give both kayaking and paddle boarding a go.
Just a 15-minute drive from Looe, Adrenalin Quarry will definitely be a welcome sight for all the adrenaline junkies. Ride the half kilometer zip wire across the quarry, or pluck up the courage to try the giant swing which swings you 200ft above the water.
Quite literally…Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary has been a safe haven for monkeys since 1964. Help support this great cause and have a fun time as well with a visit. Take a tour whilst learning about these fascinating animals from the team of experts.