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Welcome to Polgooth


Holidays in Polgooth

Located in the rural valley between Mevagissey and St Austell, Polgooth is a charming village tucked away on the south coast of Cornwall. Once a thriving mining village, in the eighteenth Century Polgooth Mine was the richest mine in the UK.

Now a quaint country village, popular for its 16th-century pub, it’s the ideal place to holiday if you want to be in the countryside, but within easy reach of the coast. Surrounded by greenery and rolling fields, escape to Polgooth for a chance to unwind and reset your batteries. With everything you’d expect in a village, you’ll have everything you need on your doorstep. 

Did you know...

Polgooth mine produced nearly 150 tonnes of tin between 1830 - 1882?

Things to do

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Sitauted in Pentewen, just minutes from Polgooth, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are a must when visiting this area of the south coast of Cornwall. Lost to the brambles for decades after WW1, the gardens were re-awakened in 1990, becoming Europe’s largest garden restoration project. The mysterious secret gardens are set across 200 acres, a paradise for plant-lovers and wildlife explorers. Discover different areas, including the Productive Gardens, the Pleasure Grounds and the Jungle. 

Pentewen Cycle Trail

Following the former Pentewan Railway line, the Pentewan Cycle Trail runs between St Austell and Pentewan, and directly through Polgooth. Built in 1829 to transport china clay, the railway eventually closed in 1918. Today, the 3.5-mile trail is beautifully wooded and runs close to the riverbank. 

Pentewen Sands

If you fancy a day at the beach, be sure to head to Pentewan Sands, a golden stretch of sand sheltered from the wind and swell. Popular with beach-goers for decades, this privately-owned beach is perfect for families, with a range of facilities available, including parking, toilets, a café and shop, water sports hire and restaurants. 


Walks in and around Polgooth

Don your walking boots and explore the area on foot. Cornwall really is a place best discovered by walking. So, once you’ve explored the village of Polgooth itself (and stopped off for a drink at The Polgooth Inn), why not head a little further afield.

Pentewen Cycle Trail

This trail is just as beautiful to walk as it is to cycle. Take your time strolling along the riverside and take in the beauty of nature all around. When you reach Pentewan, it is also possible to join The Cornish Way cycle route to head towards The Lost Gardens of Heligan or onwards to Mevagissey. 

Kings Wood

Part of the Woodland Trust, just over 2 miles of pathways weave through this ancient woodland, which hosts an abundance of flora and fauna. With trees as old as 165 years and a variety of wildlife, your senses will be amazed by the sights, sounds and smells in this wonderful woodland. 

South West Coast Path

If you love walking, and you’re in Cornwall, be sure to walk a section of the South West Coast Path. Whether you start at Mevagissey, Pentewan or Charlestown, you won’t be disappointed by the breathtaking views along the way. 

Places to eat

The Polgooth Inn

Steeped in history, this family-owned 16th-century public house offers comfortable and relaxed dining in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The extensive and ever-changing menu utilises local produce, as well as herbs and salad from the kitchen garden. Enjoy a cosy drink in the winter months in front of the open fires, or a glass of wine in the beer garden in the summer. With pub quizzes and Sunday Sessions with live music throughout the year.

Kingswood Bar and Restaurant 

Set in the beautiful woodland of Pentewan Valley, and just a stone’s throw from the Woodland Trust’s Kings Wood, the Kingswood Bar and Restaurant offers locally sourced seasonal food in a modern and welcoming environment. Family-owned, this stylish restaurant is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy good food and company. 

Hewas Inn

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Hewas Inn in Sticker. This traditional village inn has an enviable reputation, serving high quality, home-cooked food and local ales. It’s the ideal spot for families, walkers and your four-legged friends too!

The Cornwall Hotel and Spa

Serving one of the best afternoon teas in Cornwall, you’ll be in for a treat when you visit the opulent Tea Room at The Cornwall Hotel and Spa. Pair it with a trip to the spa and you’ll feel truly spoiled and refreshed!


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