10 Things to Do in Boscastle That You Shouldn't Miss

January 21, 2018 Jacquiline Delozier

Boscastle (Cornish: Kastel Boterel) is a village and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England, UK, in the civil parish of Forrabury and Minster (where the 2011 Census population was included) . It is 14 miles (23 km) south of Bude and 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Tintagel. The harbour is a natural inlet protected by two stone harbour walls built in 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville and is the only significant harbour for 20 miles (32 km) along the coast. The village extends up the valleys of the River Valency and River Jordan. Heavy rainfall on 16 August 2004 caused extensive damage to the village.
Restaurants in Boscastle

1. Boscastle - South West Coast Path walk

Boscastle Harbour, Boscastle PL35 0HE, England
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Boscastle - South West Coast Path walk

This 3.6 mile moderate walk follows part of the South West Coast Path from Boscastle along the cliffs bordering the ancient fields of Forrabury, before heading inland through Minster Wood,and then along the Valency Valley. In 2004 these steep-sided Valleys funnelled 440 million gallons of water through Boscastle village in 5 hours, causing devastating flooding.

Reviewed By Diane J - Nuneaton, United Kingdom

Fantastic views of the harbour and coastline and the water falls.Recommend wellies or walking boots as it was very muddy.Then reward yourself at the Boscastle farm shop!!!???

2. King Arthur's Great Halls

King Arthur's Great Halls Fore Street, Tintagel PL34 0DA, England +44 1840 770526
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4.5 based on 389 reviews

King Arthur's Great Halls

Reviewed By Sally R

What a serendipitous find! Beyond an ordinary exterior that promises just another well placed house and shop frontage one finds a treasure trove of 72 Arts and Crafts stained glass panels, 6 of which are possibly the most stunning I have ever seen outside of an ecclesiastical building. The stained glass workshop my partner and I have promised ourselves is now a must but oh! to have the skills of the wonderful Pre-Raphaelite influences that inspired the hand of Ms.V.Whall. A must see visit if staying in Tintagel.

3. Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum

Nottles Park, Davidstow, Camelford PL32 9YF, England +44 7799 194918
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5 based on 421 reviews

Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum

Reviewed By Rachel A

We visited today as a family of 5. We paid £13 entry fee for 2 x adults and 3 x children (aged 12, 4 and 3).
What a surprise! The welcome was great. We were saluted as we entered the car park! The children loved it!! The volunteers were knowledgable and helpful. The museum was full of things that the children could touch as well as look at. We counted guns and animals on the way round too. We enjoyed a coffee and mid morning treat in the NAAFI popping our money in the honesty box. It was like stepping back in time! We will be back

4. Trebarwith Strand Beach

Trebarwith, Tintagel, England
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4.5 based on 329 reviews

Trebarwith Strand Beach

Reviewed By Suzanne c - Torquay, United Kingdom

Visited this beach was very windy but still beautiful have been a few yrs before in the summer and was georgous. Lovely large beach . Plenty of room for sunbathing with rock pools and rocks to climb over nice little are and shop.

5. Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum

Davidstow PL32 9YF, England +44 1840 213266
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Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum

Reviewed By Julie B

We spent such an interesting afternoon at this lovely friendly museum after stumbling across it one wild and rainy day of our holiday. We were shown around the museum by a very interesting gentleman who recalled lots of stories about the artefacts. The two ladies at the entrance door were equally as helpful and friendly. We walked around with our two little dogs and there were a number of wheelchair visitors who were all made so welcome. The parking is free with no entrance charge just a donation. The museum is run entirely on donations and volunteers. We intend to return again next year.

6. Boscastle Harbour

The Harbour, Boscastle PL35 0AG, England
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Boscastle Harbour

Reviewed By shark939 - Luton, United Kingdom

A walk along the harbour paths to the entrance. The day had a howling gale and upon entering the rocks past the harbour entrance it was a great sight to see the waves crashing in. Felt quite safe and didn't find the rocks slippy. All depends on the footwear !

7. Rocky Valley

Between Tintagel and Boscastle, Tintagel, England
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Rocky Valley

Reviewed By Steve C

I've visited here many times from holidays with parents when I was young to asking my wife to marry me at the end of the valley.
It's a beautiful walk through a narrow, rocky valley (the name is a clue) with some ruined buildings with interesting rock carvings (I want one of them as a tattoo).
Great walk, a bit short, no more than an hour round trip. Not good for less fit people.

8. The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

The Harbour, Boscastle PL35 0HD, England +44 1840 250111
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The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic houses one of the world's largest collections of items relating to witchcraft, the occult and magic. With over 3000 objects, a wise woman's cottage, a herb garden and a shrine it is a memorable place. It has been in the picturesque Cornish coastal village of Boscastle since 1961 and is one of Cornwall's most popular museums rated highly on TripAdvisor. The Museum intrigues visitors with its collections of charms, curses, herbs and healing and sea witchcraft. Some of our most popular items are magical tools such as glass knitting needles, objects which were used for scrying such as black mirrors, crystals and crystal balls and our collection of protection talismans made by soldiers in the trenches of World War One. The Museum also has an extensive library with other 7000 books and an archive of documents which can be viewed online or visited by appointment.

Reviewed By PhotoGraeme

When in Boscastle visit the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. It’s a truly magical experience and educational for those of an inquisitive nature.
The exhibits are intriguing and far fetching, explaining beliefs outside the normal. But since there is nothing to fear, why not enjoy looking around and exploring the wonders of Magic.
It’s a short walk down from the carpark to the Museum next to the National Trust centre. Nearby there are many place s to eat (including the NT cafe).
The museum allows (well behaved) dogs to wander around, but remember they can be more sensitive than humans, so keep an eye on them.

9. Bodmin Moor

Bodmin, England
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Bodmin Moor

This wild and craggy moor offers many historic attractions including prehistoric granite "sculptures" and the supposed final resting place for King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur.

Reviewed By Michael P - Williamsburg, Virginia

As part of a tour we spent some time walking about the moor. Quite delightful. One word of caution - if it has rained recently you can expect wet footing. Your feet will be appreciative if you dress them accordingly. Also it will save hopping from one apparent dry spot to another - which may not actually be dry. Near the end of our walk we had a bit of fun as a dozen of the ponies decided that it would be fun to do a bluff charge on the day tripping tourists. They came stampeding at us and pulled off less than 50' away. We stood our ground and the party was over for our four legged friends. Our guide had never seen that before. None of us thought to switch our cameras to video!

10. St Kitts Herbery

Camelford PL32 9XH, England +44 1840 213442
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St Kitts Herbery

Retail shop

Reviewed By Kevin S - Watford, United Kingdom

We love stopping at St Kitts on our way along the A39 to Padstow. They have a great selection of soaps, hand creams, perfumes etc as well as yummy chocolate. All made / created in the premises. They have a coffee shop open in season. Worth a stop. We will be back next year as usual!

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