Looe is a seaside town on the Cornish coast, about 12 miles from Fowey
and 20 miles from Plymouth
. Situated on opposite sides of the River Looe, it was at one time a thriving shipyard and fishing port before tourism became its main industry. East and West Looe are joined by a Victorian bridge with both sides huddled around a small harbour. It's small East beach offers good bathing.
- The Monkey Sanctuary
at Murrayton House is one of Looe's most popular visitor attractions. It's located about a mile outside town and is home to more than 20 monkeys including Barbary, Patas and Capuchin breeds. The sanctuary also includes a large wildlife garden, featuring an array of plant species, a bat cave and wildlife room, as well as a play area for children.
Fishing remains popular in Looe, especially shark fishing. The Shark Angling Club of Great Britain
is located on the quay and offer chartered boat trips for individuals of all ages and all skill levels. Rods and tackle are provided free of charge. They also arrange dolphin and bask shark spotting trips.
For a taste of local history, see Looe Museum
on Higher Market Street. Housed in the Old Guildhall building, it traces Looe's development as a major fishing port and tourist holiday spot. Exhibits include mining artifacts, fossils, fishing equipment and historical photographs of the town and surrounding area.
Food and drink
- The Old Sail Loft
is one of the oldest eating establishments in Looe. Dating back to the 16th century and housed in and old inn, its offers a cosy, intimate atmosphere. They serve fish dishes from a vibrant, highly original menu and keep an outstanding wine cellar.
Trawlers on the Quay
is also known for its outstanding seafood and has attained awards for its cuisine and fine service. It's had a mention in the Which Food Guide
and received Taste of the West Awards Gold Medal.
Looe's Jolly Sailor
is one of the oldest inns in the United Kingdom. Its proud heritage is illustrated by its charming interior of heavy beams and flagstone floors.
Ye Old Fisherman's Arms
is another ancient old inn, located in East Looe. It too features beamed ceilings as well as a large open fire. Traditional folk music is played on week nights and there's a small outside patio area.