St Keverne

The village of St. Keverne is the largest of its kind in the Helford area of the Cornwall district. It is located on the Lizard Peninsula, which is the southernmost point of the Cornwall region. St. Keverne is unique to this area, because the village is actually built around a town square. The square hosts a large church, St. Akeveranus which gave St. Keverne its name, two pubs, and a handful of quaint cottages. The village of St. Keverne has a colorful history, which is why it is a popular choice of destinations for many visitors on holiday. Whether you choose to stay in one of the many hotels, cottages or hostels within St. Keverne or opt for accommodations at one of the many lovely bed and breakfasts nearby, St. Keverne is a must see on your tour of the Cornwall region.

Due to the treacherously rocky shoreline of this area, St. Keverne has been the home to numerous shipwrecks and thousands of lost lives. The graveyard that surrounds the St. Akeveranus church hosts over 400 of the shipwreck victims who are buried there. It is thought that the large octagonal spire of the church building was erected to warn ships away from the Manacles Reef, which is located just over a mile away on the shoreline. Memorials to famous ships that saw their end along that reef are also found here, including well known maritime names like the John and the Bay of Panama. The Dispatch and the Primrose, ships that were lost on the same night, are also commemorated here.

Beyond the many shipwrecks that have occurred in St. Keverne, this village was also the site for two famous Cornish rebellions; the Cornish Rebellion of 1497 and the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549. With so much colorful history to boast of, it is well worth spending some time on holiday visiting these historic locations to remember back on the humble beginnings of the Cornwall district. However, St. Keverne isn't just about history. This village is also the home to glorious gardens, pristine beaches and many other fun and famous attractions nearby.

Garden Choices
If beautiful vegetation and breathtaking gardens are what you crave on holiday, you need not look any further than St. Keverne. This village is just a hop, skip and jump from the Glendurgan Gardens next to the village of Mawnan Smith. The highlight of this attraction has to be the laurel maze that was originally planted in 1833 and has been completely renovated. The gardens also include lovely flower beds, a vast orchard and numerous trees and shrubs associated with biblical times. Treebah Gardens is also nearby, offering a sub-tropical paradise filled with exotic plants and a secluded beach. This attraction also hosts children's activities, exhibits, special events and a gift and garden shop.

Beach Options
Beaches are another reason why many choose a holiday in the Cornwall district, and St. Keverne doesn't disappoint, with beautiful beaches and coastlines nearby. If you choose to spend the majority of your holiday at the beach, there are many choices in accommodations to make your holiday special, from full service resort hotels to self catering cottages and apartments. For the perfect family spot, check out Coverack beach. This small fishing port offers an excellent view of the Manacles during low tide and it is possible to catch a glimpse of dolphins in the bay.

Porthallow Beach has become a somewhat deserted ship harbor with only a few working boats still in the area. The facilities for Porthallow include a café and pub, and cars can be parked almost right on the beach itself. Porthoustock is the home to many shipwrecks from the Manacles and also offers close parking to the beach itself. St. Anthony in Meneage is the perfect choice for those wanting to spend a day with on a sail or motor boat, which can both be rented from a shop nearby. For beaches that offer greater variety in swimming and surfing, there are other options within a short driving distance from St. Keverne in the Cornwall area.

Sight Seeing Adventures
In addition to the many interesting sights to see within the village of St. Keverne, there are many other attractions located nearby in other parts of the Cornwall region. The Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station is the largest satellite receiving station in the world, with more than 60 communication dishes and undersea communication lines. One of the fastest cyber cafes in the country is located right here, with some of the fastest Internet connections possible. You can even send an email to outer space with this set up! There are also indoor and outdoor play areas for the kids and plenty of shopping and refreshments to choose from.

In Falmouth, visitors on holiday can enjoy a tour of the National Maritime Museum, which hosts three floors of galleries and exhibits. There are audio, visual and interactive displays to choose from that will give guests insight into the maritime and communications industries, with award winning exhibits that are interesting for all ages. The top of the tower provides a Look Out for visitors to enjoy the breathtaking views of the harbor and estuary nearby. Here, you can also find interactive displays that explain many of the historic landmarks of the area, and binoculars and telescopes to help you get the best view. The museum also offers a café, gift shop and lecture hall that can be used by various companies or organizations.

St. Keverne is a small village that is big on history, attractions and charm. This part of the Cornwll district can offer everything from historic tours to a day of sand, water and fun. There is plenty to do and see in this southern area of Cornwall. Whether you decide to nestle into a cozy bed and breakfast while you learn all about the colorful background of the region or stay in one of the many full service resort hotels along the nearby shoreline, everyone can find the perfect holiday in St. Keverne.

St. Keverne offers you warm bed & breakfast homes, cosy self-catering cottages, and you can even have an exciting adventure by camping out in the beautiful countryside.

Bed & Breakfast
Eden House, Old Temperance House, Treleague, White Hart Inn and The Three Tuns, will give you a taste of the famed Cornish hospitality.

Tregoss Holiday Home, Parc-an-Grouse, Sarah Mays Cottage, Tregoning Manor House, Ginentonic Manor, and Cobb Cottage, will happily welcome you.

You can rent-out camping equipment and caravans at Little Trevothan and Tregellast Barton Farm,

Crusthouse Restaurant, Incledons Restaurant, Poppys Bistro, Porth Kerris Farm Kitchen, The Laden Table Restaurant will serve you some scrumptious sea-food and chilled ale. At The Greenhouse Organic Restaurant you can treat yourself to some delicious recipes made from fresh farm-grown produce.

Unusual Beauty
St. Keverne may not be your usual surf-and-sand seaside holiday, but youll find it hard to resist the unusual beauty of this little village with its jagged rocks, intriguing waters, ancient legends and charming customs...

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Considered unusual for Cornwall, St. Keverne is the most prominent village in the Helford area because it is profoundly clustered around a square. With just a handful of shops, pubs and cottages, the presence of the Church of St. Akeveranus with its distinctive tower is considered to be the landmark for ships which wander dangerously close. The Manacles reed mainly consists of partially submerged rocks, which can be quite a sight to behold. Visitors to this beautiful village of St Keverne in Cornwall are sure to be greeted by the friendly locals whose hospitality will warm even the dullest traveler. St. Keverne is indeed a joy to visit.