Boscastle lies on the North Cornish Coast, 14 miles south of Bude and 5 miles from historic Tintagel. Designated an Area of Outstanding beauty, the National Trust owns and cares for the beautiful medieval harbour and surrounding coastline. Boscastle is also an excellent base for touring the rest of Cornwall and North Devon, including moorlands, sheltered wooded valleys and coastal footpaths offering magnificent views. Turnstones has plenty of attractions right on the doorstep, including several fine walks to the coast or inland, the world famous Museum of Witchcraft, as well as numerous shops, pubs and places to eat.
This stretch of Cornish coastline boasts countless beaches and coves, perfect for sunbathing, rock pooling and surfing. For pure drama, try Crackington Haven and Bossiney. If surfing appeals, Widemouth Bay is perfect for beginners and experts.
Tintagel, with its legendary King Arthur's Castle, is close by. A little further afield is beautiful Port Isaac, the quintessential Cornish fishing village. Meander along the coast and you will find several tiny settlements, most of them served by a beach and welcoming place to eat.
Family attractions and day trips
It is a short trip to the Camel Trail, a cycle trail suitable for the whole family. The drama of Bodmin Moor and the historic town of Bodmin with its steam railway are less than 30 minutes by car. Trendy Padstow and Rock can be reached in 35 minutes. The attractions of the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are less than an hour away.
For all weather attractions, there is Crealy Adventure Theme Park, Trethorne Leisure Park and the indoor leisure pools in Bude and Camelford.
For more information on things to see and do, visit the Cornwall Tourist Board.