Cornwall Tourism Guide

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Looe

Looe is a small fishing port and town in the South East of Cornwall.  East and West Looe are two separate towns that are connected by a bridge that stretches across the River Looe. Archaeological evidence suggests that Looe and the surrounding area may be have been inhabited as early as 1000 BC and both towns have royal charters that date from the twelfth and fourteenth centuries respectively. To the west of East and West Looe is St. Georges Island that is commonly known as Looe Island and this area boasted a monastery and chapel from the mid twelfth century, both of which are now in ruins.

Looe first became a tourist attraction at the end of the nineteenth century, and Talland Bay, which is nearby, was so popular that it became known as the ‘playground of Plymouth.’ Tourism is still the mainstay of Looe’s economy and a lot of the town and the surrounding area is given over to hotels, cottages and guest houses. The beaches in and around Looe are the site of a variety of water sports and when you are tired of that there are some great walks along the coast with spectacular views across the ocean.

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