The fishing town of Newlyn lies on the shores of Mount’s Bay, on the South Cornwall coast, just south of Penzance. It is home to one of the UK’s largest fishing fleets, and the harbour bustles with the comings and goings of beam trawlers, crabbers and long-liners. The harbour is vast, with medieval harbour walls dwarfed by the walls of the South and North piers. The town is also famous for the Newlyn School of Art, which was established in the 1880s when many celebrated artists were attracted by the coast’s unique light. The harbour is backed by a maze of narrow streets packed with tiny fishermen’s cottages, many of which have been converted into holiday accommodation. Highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Newlyn, there are two fishmongers where you can pick up the finest produce fresh from the harbour, and a regular fish market. 

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The historic town centre is home to a variety of shops and galleries, where the work of some of Cornwall’s best artists is exhibited. Newlyn holiday cottages are a stroll away from several cosy old pubs, including the Fisherman’s Arms, the Red Lion, and the Smuggler’s. The Newlyn Fish Festival is held in August, with stalls and pop-up cafes on the Quay. Newlyn’s Christmas light switch-on draws visitors from far and wide, with a performance by the Newlyn Male Voice Choir followed by a firework display over the harbour. Near the town centre, Wherrytown Beach is a beautiful stretch of pebbly shore, where swimming and sunbathing are popular. 

The lively town of Penzance will be a two-mile walk along the coast from your Newlyn holiday cottage, with independent shops, an art-deco lido, and plenty of seaside amusements. Many of Cornwall’s top attractions are close enough for day trips, including St Michael’s Mount, Minack Theatre, Land’s End and Godolphin House and Gardens.