Boscastle - North Cornwall

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Boscastle Cornwall

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday destination for your family, you need not look further than Boscastle in Cornwall, United Kingdom. This quaint fishing village lies on the north coast of the British Isles, and its hills and cliffs seem preserved from time’s ragged march. This small village’s name is derived from the Bottreaux Castle, a 12th century fortress. The town in a wonderful fishing port, as it has the only protected harbor within twenty miles.

The twin stone harbor walls were built in 1584 under the direction of Sir Richard Grenville of the HMS Revenge. Resting in the valley above the harbor, Boscastle lies within the Forrabury and Minister parishes between Bude and Tintagel. This small town is hailed as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, the ancient harbor and the coastline surrounding it is owned and cared for by the Nation Trust. Boscastle is the perfect base location for those wishing to tour all of Cornwall and North Devon. Moors and beachfront footpaths are all easily accessible to those wishing for breathtaking views and warm memories.

Boscastle CornwallThere are a number of significant accommodations available for the prospective traveler and tourist. Lodges and bed and breakfasts are in large supply in the area, as well as self-catering apartments for those with extended vacations and camping areas for the more adventurous. Caravan parks are also available for use. While there may be no familiar, international hotel chains available in Boscastle, you can rest assured that the locally run housing is as warm and inviting as your own house. White houses with shutters the color of robin eggs and grey shingles stand guard over the town, seemingly protecting it, as well as tourists and visitors.

If you’re thinking about booking a holiday vacation to Boscastle, it’s a good idea to know when the local festivities are, so you can truly experience local life. October is the peak festival time for Boscastle, with the Boscastle Food and Craft Festival consuming the majority of a weekend. This festival includes skilled demonstrations by well-known chefs, produce from local farms and from farms across Cornwall, and a mind-boggling variety of crafts for sale and entertainment. Additionally, immediately after the Boscastle Food and Craft Festival is what is called “walking week”, which, as expected, comprises a five day festival devoted to walking the many trails available to the Boscastle area. There are walks along the coastal trails, as well as through the nearby wooded lowlands and moorlands. There are trails and walks for every degree of fitness and age, so there’s no need to worry about little ones or your elders.

Boscastle BlowholeIn Boscastle, goodwill and good times are never in short supply. Bowling halls and gardening clubs are always welcoming new members, and dance halls and farmers’ markets are constantly looking for enthusiastic participants and consumers. Many activities of interest can be found in Boscastle’s town magazine, the Blowhole. For those desiring a more religious experience, there are both Anglican and Methodist churches available near many of Boscastle’s many accommodations and entertainment industries. The churches are hidden, tucked away in the top of steep, one way path, and turning a bend and discovering them for yourself is an experience you have to feel to believe. Both churches have a long and extended history, going back before 1850, and both have undergone recent renovation and restoration, so they’re sure to be a talking point amongst those there for a religious revival. Travelers can also discover the connection between Thomas Hardy and North Cornwall.

The nature lover will also find solace and peace among the calm beaches and serene streams in Boscastle. The residences of the town are nestled into the sides of the steep valleys, and the surrounding area is untamed, windswept hills and forests. The bright green hills are almost luminescent in the night, and the clear blue-green waters beckon. The babbling stream that runs through the center of Boscastle before dashing into the waiting waves of the ocean can carry any worry away in its cool current. The medieval ruins of the old Bottreaux Castle exude a sense of peace and calm. Boscastle is the perfect place to recharge batteries worn down by the world’s problems.

For those who are looking for the craftsmanship found only in the small, untouched villages of the world, there are a number of businesses in Boscastle to cater to every whim of the heart. There are a number of outlets for the arts and antiques, bistros and butchers, confectionaries, dressmaking, and ironworks. There are also museums in the area, the most famous being the Museum of Witchcraft.

Witch CraftBoscastle is now a sleepy town, but things were much different in its early years. While there are just a few light fishing vessels in the harbor today, Boscastle was once a popular trading post, serving all of Wales, Bristol, and southern England. Though the necessity of Boscastle as a trading post has declined in recent years, many of the town’s proud citizens dig out a hard but worthy life as fisherman. Brightly colored fishing boats and silver crabbing cages line the harbor, reminding the casual observer of the town’s age-long dependence on the sea and its bounty.

Surrounded by a plentiful sea and warm valleys, Boscastle is a place of refuge and age-old comfort. The kindhearted people who live in this town offer the warmth of their hearths at the various lodges and bed and breakfasts in Boscastle that are available to any and all who need them. The intense history that surrounds the town is enough to bring any self-respecting historian to the area. The generous coastline and paths that are offered freely to the exploratory traveler only add to the richness that surrounds this small town. With such a noted history and proud heritage, Boscastle is a wonderful place of enlightenment and joy, and it’s only a vacation away.


Boscastle lets you choose from hotels, bed & breakfast places and self-catering cottages.

Boscastle Hotels

'Bottreaux Hotel & Restaurant' and 'Wellington Hotel’ are the two hotels in Boscastle. They will both ensure that you have a comfortable and relaxed stay.

Boscastle Bed & Breakfast

'The Old Rectory', 'Trerosewill', 'Bridge House', 'Lower Meadows', 'Cargurra Farm', 'Venn Down Farmhouse', and 'Reddivallen Farm' will give you a taste of Cornish warmth and hospitality in Boscastle.

Boscastle Self Catering Cottages

You can stay at cosy cottages in Boscastle like 'The Olde Carpenter's Cottage', 'Trethevy Barns', 'Boscatle Cottage', 'Cardew Farmhouse', 'Eden Cottage' and 'Minister Cottage'.

Boscastle Restaurants

You can savour the local sea-food and enjoy "real ale" at 'The Cobweb Inn', 'The Napolean Inn', 'The Harbour Restaurant' and 'The Old Manor Restaurant' at Boscastle.

Bewitching Beauty

The quiet beauty of this medieval harbour, with its breathtaking landscape and charming country-life, Boscastle is sure to bewitch you!

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A lovely harbour village in Cornwall, Boscastle is the perfect weekend getaway. Visitors to Boscastle can take leisurely walks in the scenic woods surrounding the area, or take in the stunning view of the lovely Cornish coastline. The village is dotted with beautiful whitewashed cottages that add to the old world charm of the town. Boscastle also boasts the unique museum of witchcraft. This museum has one of the largest collections of witchcraft related artefacts in the world. Visitors to Boscastle can also visit the Bottreau Castle, which is located at the top of the village. This scenic village in Cornwall is very popular among nature lovers for its wildlife and spectacular geology.