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Welcome to Polperro
Narrow, winding streets and alleys, cottages perched on steep slopes overlooking a tiny harbour -
Polperro is everyone's idea of a picturesque Cornish fishing village -
visit and you may want to stay - for ever
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Photo: 31 July 2004 R J Tarr - copyright - all rights reserved. Click for larger version

So, you thought your move was difficult?
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Moving house in Polperro - the full story
Size really does matter in Polperro!
Narrow road signResidents and businesses in Polperro, fed up with their properties being damaged by vans and large vehicles trying to navigate the narrow lanes have issued some friendly advice to delivery vehicle drivers. Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Councillor for West Looe and Lansallos has sent supplies of a new flyer to supermarket companies and delivery firms to give to their drivers and it urges them to use the special off-loading area by the bus stop in the village centre and not to attempt to reach their delivery address in their van or lorry. Copies of the new flyer will also be available to residents to give to delivery drivers - click here to see the flyer. More on this story
Visit our jammed page to see and learn how you can't just trust your satnav when it comes to narrow streets
Polperro Heritage Museum
Sadly, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Heritage Museum is closed this year. Hopefully it will be able to re-open in 2021.
The Coronavirus Pandemic is NOT over!
Most holiday acommodation, pubs, restaurants and other businesses in and around Polperro have been able to open provided they follow detailed govement guidelines intended to avoid new outbreaks of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
But it is vital that everyone is sensible, observes social distancing and hygiene guidelines including the requirements to wear face coverings in shops and some other premises. The pandemic is NOT over and everything is NOT back to normal.
The South West has had the lowest infection rates of any nation or region of the UK. This could mean that it is now particularly vulnerable to the virus being brought in from other parts of the UK or abroad.
So those living in the area are anxious that the return of visitors may result in the virus coming in with some of those visitors. Cornwall is a relatively sparsely populated county and relies upon just 2 major hospitals (in Truro and Plymouth). We don't have the medical resources to cope with a large outbreak of Coronavirus and with quite a large proportion of Cornwall's residents being retired people, a serious outbreak could be devastating. Which is why we ask everyone, visitors and residents, to remember that the virus is still around, UK national infection levels are still high and nothing has changed to make the virus less contagious - so take the social distancing, hygiene and other government advice seriously whilst you are enjoying your visit to Cornwall and Polperro.
For 20 years this website has been encouraging people to come to Polperro, one of the most picturesque villages in the UK. As ever, you will be very welcome in Summer 2020 but please use common sense, follow all the goverment guidelines and advice and thereby protect yourself and the people of Polperro from the extremely nasty Covid-19 virus.
Local history:
Recollections of a Victorian childhood
Read the charming recollections of Muriel Jerram who grew up in Victorian and Edwardian times in Talland and Polperro. This is a 25 page PDF document with illustrations. Thanks to her great niece Frances Impey who has kindly allowed us to make the recollections available online - click here for a free download.
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To visit the Talland website - click here
Do you have family connections with Polperro?
You might have! Check out your family name on the Polperro Family History Society's pages - click here

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Polperro Harbour - photo copyright Dave Owen - all rightsd reserved

  Polperro - the meaning of 'picturesque'
  Photo copyright Dave Owen - Dave is a member of Gwynfa camera club based in Llantrisant, South Wales and holidayed in Polperro. Dave says "taken with my Nikon slr camera - I spent many hours photographing your wonderful village".

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Photo by Simon Lawrence - copyright Photo by Simon Lawrence - copyright
The essence of Polperro
   Simon Lawrence is a photographer with an exceptional eye both for the details most of us overlook and the wide views that capture the essence of a place and are simply stunning. Like most visitors Simon, having discovered this delightful village, took photos of it - but what photos! So enamoured of the village and its surrounding area was Simon that he has returned several times since and has widened his portfolio of exceptional photos of our Cornish gem.
   Here are just four of his many photos of the village - click on them to get larger versions. You can see many more on his website - click here. And if you fancy some of his pictures on your wall, Simon will sell you high quality prints of your favourite photos.
Bob Tarr, webmaster - www.polperro.org
Photo by Simon Lawrence Photo by Simon Lawrence - copyright
Polperro Pounds
   Forget about the Euro, Dollar and Pound Sterling - what the world needs now is the Polperro Pound! And it's no good saying it's untried and doomed to failure because history shows it's all been done before. Polperro Heritage Museum has brought the Polperro pound home - see and read about it on our new Polperro Pounds page.
What's to do at (and from) Polperro?
1. Explore Polperro - narrow winding streets & lanes with great views of the picturesque harbour and village at every turn - bring lots of spare film or memory cards. 2. Browse the eclectic mixture of quirky and fascinating shops. 3. Enjoy the selection of great pubs, cafes and restaurants. 4. Visit Polperro's unique Heritage museum of fishing and smuggling and learn about Polperro's colourful past*. 5. And, when you've done all that, there are wonderful coastal walks on the South West Coastal Path - east to Talland Bay and Looe, west to Lansallos, Lantic Bay and Polruan. 6. There are boat trips and 7. shark fishing. 8. Cornwall's biggest tourist attraction -The Eden Project - is an easy 30 mins drive (open all year). 9. Three National Trust houses are within easy reach - Lanhydrock, Antony House and Cotehele (Cotehele is open in December for viewings of its famous Christmas Garlands). 10. Visit Looe - Polperro's bigger neighbour and 12. Take a boat trip to Looe Island. 11. Polruan & Fowey - take the Bodinnick car ferry or Polruan foot ferry and enjoy this historic town and its beautiful river estuary.
12. Liskeard - a bustling market town with some notable victorian architecture and an interesting museum - 13. go there by train on the Looe Valley line from Looe for the best views. And there's 101 other things to do at and from Polperro - we've not enough space on this page to list them all!!
*The Polperro Heritage Museum is open daily (including Sundays) between 11am and 5pm from March until October.

Get yourself a copy of the excellent RNLI leaflet Your Guide to Beach Safety if you are going swimming, surfing, or even just paddling, playing, rock-pooling or walking on the beach. You can get a copy at Polperro Post Office, or from RNLI lifeboat stations, telephone 0800 328 0600 or visit the RNLI website
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