Guide to the village of Boscastle, Cornwall.
Boscastle - Cornwall - United Kingdom
A small village and port situated five miles north-east of Tintagel in Cornwall, Boscastle stands where the Valency and Jordan rivers meet the sea, this abundance of water had dramatic results in 2004 when a disastrous flood hit the village. In quieter times, at the point where these rivers meet the incoming tide, a blow-hole develops, spewing water across the harbour entrance, an effect known locally as the Devil’s Bellows. The village has a population of 888 (2001 census) and is within the parish of Forrabury and Minster.
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Boscastle grew mainly around its port, despite its being a difficult harbour where incoming ships had to be towed in by rowing boats, negotiating the ‘S’ shaped entrance through rugged cliffs. The pier and harbour walls were built in 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville, an Elizabethan pirate and explorer.
The village of Boscastle is a pretty place gathered round a broad street which climbs up through the surrounding woodland, its former fish cellars and warehouses converted into cottages.
Places of interest in Boscastle include the Museum of Witchcraft (see large map), the Old Forge Shop, owned by the National Trust (The Old Forge, The Harbour, Boscastle PL35 0HD), and the church of St Juliot, which was restored by author Thomas Hardy during his days as a budding young architect.
If you are looking for accommodation in the village try staying at the Old Rectory where you can stay in the bedroom used by Thomas Hardy himself. Another popular form of accommodation in the Boscastle are is to rent a holiday cottage, and you will find a number of cottages available for rent in and around the village. Hotels and guest houses in Boscastle include the Wellington Hotel, Orchard Lodge and Boscastle House.
Boscastle Tourist Information Office: The tourist office (Boscastle Visitor Centre) is located in the council car park at the bottom of the main road into the village. Telephone Number: 01840 250 010.
Boscastle is located on the B3263 and the B3266 and is about 5 miles north-east of Tintagel and 14 miles from Bude. Nearby places include: Forrabury and Minster, Trevalga, Trethevy, Lesnewth, Beeny, St Juliot and Tresparrett.