Mullion Cove

Smugglers tales, fishermen’s stories and wrecks on the Lizard peninsula

For a contrast with the western extremities of Cornwall, drive east, follow the gentle curve of Mounts Bay past Marazion and Helston, and explore Mullion Cove.

Mullion Cove is a classic Cornish fishing harbour

If you’re fascinated by traditional Cornish harbours you’ll adore this one with its two sea walls. Built to protect a long-gone pilchard fleet, they still shelter the small commercial fleet that calls the cove home. Though far to the east of Lands End, Mullion Harbour lies further south, which means there’s nothing but open sea between here and North America. Gaze into the sunset on a summer evening and the next land, 2288 miles away, is Newfoundland. Now there’s something to mull over as you enjoy a quiet drink by the harbour.

Mullion Cove Cornwall – a gem whatever the season

Inland a mile, past Trenance Farm and eerily-named Ghost Hill, Mullion village (the Lizard’s largest) is another popular attraction for visitors who adore its shops, inns, cafes and restaurants – and the ornately carved furniture in fifteenth century St Mellanus church.

A spectacle awaits you whenever you visit Mullion Cove and its surrounds. In summer, long evenings, the smell of fresh fish and those stunning ocean views are the stuff of holiday memories. In winter, like so many Cornish coves, Mullion wears a mantle of raw, gale blown beauty that impresses in a completely different way.

Steeped in history

Naturally (it’s Cornwall!) the area is steeped in history – with smugglers tales and stories of wrecks by the dozen to absorb fascinated children and the most ardent adult historians. Will you explore the narrow streets of Mullion Cove in the footsteps of the notorious Mullion musket men, or walk Mullion cliffs and imagine the wrecks that have happened on this treacherous shore? Or will you look inland to Wheal Unity copper mine for a piece of classic industrial archaeology?

History, scenery, a warm welcome and amazing walks. How can such a compact and accessible area offer so much? Who knows?  It’s just another Cornish secret to ponder as you enjoy your stay at Mounts Bay Holiday Cottages.




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