Three harbour towns to visit on the Southern Cornwall coast

*Disclaimer: This post written in collaboration with Travelodge.
My stay in Cornwall was complimentary in exchange for writing this post.
The below opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

A couple of weekends ago some of the girls and I headed down to Cornwall for a long weekend courtesy of Travelodge as part of their #SeaandtheCity campaign. I’ve always wanted to visit Cornwall so it was a dream come true for me and I absolutely was not prepared for just how cute and quaint it was! Here are three places you should visit on the Southern coast of Cornwall (I want to go back to Newquay and do a similar post on the Northern coast soon!)


Charlestown Harbour is one of the closest towns to St Austell and we popped in on the Saturday evening for a peek around the area and an indulgent dinner of fresh fish and wine. The original port is still in situ making it a popular location for film crews. Loads of stuff has been filmed here including Poldark, Mansfield Park and The Curse of the Black Spot episode of Doctor Who (the one with the space pirates during Matt Smiths era in case you were interested). In fact we got to see the actual pirate ship that was used for filming as it still sits in the harbour and is open to the public during the day for a small fee.



A tiny fishing village with its own model railway to explore and museum by the harbour – which is completely free to visit – housing three floors of exhibits and a specially developed trail to keep the kids entertained. The focus on Mevagissey though is the sea and it’s one of the best places in Cornwall for fishing. Chartered boats can take you mackerel fishing, wreck fishing and or even shark angling if you’re feeling brave enough! We settle for a delicious Cornish ice cream instead though. You can even take a ferry to the nearby port of…



My favourite of the places we visited on our Cornwall trip was definitely Fowey (pronounced Foy) despite being basically one GIANT hill. It has the most incredible views across the bay towards Polruan that held me captivated, its own aquarium and St Catherine’s Castle – one of two forts built in the 1530s to defend Fowey Harbour. It also has the highest number of instagrammable houses/buildings in all of the places we visited on our trip!

All of these harbour towns are less than a 25 minute drive from the St Austell Travelodge making it a perfect base for exploring the southern coast of Cornwall. Rooms during the week cost as little at £28 per night so what are you waiting for?!

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