Spotlight on… Looe

Where is it?

Looe is a beautiful small town on the southern Cornish coast. Divided in two by the River Looe, the two sides to the town are connected by a bridge.

Did you know?

The town’s name is derived from old Cornish language, as Looe roughly translates into ‘deep water inlet’

What is there to do for kids?

East Looe Beach

A stunning sandy beach is one of the main attractions for holidaymakers in Looe. The beach is a perfect location for swimming as the waters are safe for children. Behind the beach is the vibrant main town, home to cafes, restaurants and shops.

River and Sea trips

Looe port offers dozens of boat trips and sightseeing excursions from the harbour walls. From March through October, boat captains will enthusiastically encourage you to join them on one of their outtings. Take a trip around Looe island, sailing along the Cornish coast, or even enjoy the fantastic experience of a glass-bottomed boat.

Eden Project


The Eden Project is one of the premier tourist attractions in the whole of Cornwall and is just a half an hour drive away from Looe. The site is built on a reclaimed quarry and inside it’s famous artifical biodomes are plants collected from around the world. The first dome simulates a tropical environment, and the second a Mediterranean one.




KartWorld & Adrenalin Quarry

Kart World and Adrenalin Quarry are two high octane sites designed to thrill. Adrenalin Quarry is home to a 50m zip line, a giant swing that takes you 150ft off the cliff face, and coasteering.

Kart World provides just as big a thrill, but keeps you closer to the ground! It also caters for all ages, with custom tracks for toddlers, children and adults.

Head over to Snaptrip to see our full selection of beautiful cottages in Looe.

Is Looe pet friendly?

While the main East Looe beach is restricted to dogs during summer months, Hannafore beach lies about half a mile west of Looe is pet friendly. A sandy shingle beach with rocky reef uncovered at low tide, Hannafore beach hosts fascinating rock pools to explore.

If you are think of a long walk, take the Talland and the Giants Hedge. This challenging route is incredibly rewarding and teems with both history and wildlife.

What to eat?

Looe is famous for its food and many eateries in the town serve up world class fish and chips.

Squid Ink Restaurant

If you are looking to splurge on food whilst on holiday, Squid Ink is an intimate restaurant (just twenty-eight covers) housed within a character filled period building. The decor is a fusion of contemporary and antique.

The menu specialises in local fish and seafood. Offering only the best local produce that Cornwall has to offer, the food at Squid Ink is a contemporary British cooking with Mediterranean and Asian influences.

Handmade Loafs – Seaweed Butter – Aromatic Olives

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Strawberries&Cream – Strawberry Parfait – Vanilla Clotted Cream Mousse new Summer Pud

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Best time to visit?

Looe is home to one of the best New Year celebrations in the UK. Dressing up is mandatory . Two firework displays are held each year, first at 6pm and then a main display on the Banjo pier at midnight. New Years in Looe is so much fun that having been, you will probably struggle to take yourself anywhere else again to see in the New Year.

The town is alive with a real buzz during the school holidays, as it is one of the most popular towns in Cornwall to visit.

If you want to enjoy the town without the crowds, September is the start of the low (pun intended) season when the weather is still generally very good but families have started to head home.

Where should I stay?

Adorable Looe Apartment

This beautifully furnished apartment is in a prize location, right on the Cornish sea-front. It enjoys fabulous ocean views and is the perfect place to explore all that Looe is famous for – mystical coves, golden sands, rock pools and great seafood. A studio apartment, this property is ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway to the South West.

If you want a place to stay right in the heart of Looe, you won’t find much better.


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