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Looe harbour

Looe is situated on both sides of the River Looe. The two towns are joined together by a bridge across the river. In medieval times East Looe and West Looe were separate towns. East Looe includes the harbour and the main shopping centre. West Looe is quieter but also has shops, restaurants and hotels. They are joined by a seven arched bridge, built in 1853. This replaced a much earlier bridge from the 15th century and there are still buildings of this period in the town. It has been a holiday resort for more than 200 years, and has relayed more heavily on the tourist industry since its pilchard canning factory closed in the sixties.

For those driving to Looe, it is a good idea to park near to the entrance to the town thus avoiding the extremely narrow streets. Perhaps a nicer approach to the town is by rail from Liskeard. The branch line passes through some very pretty countryside as it follows the river towards the coast.

Looe has some of the best New Year celebrations in the UK. Revellers in fancy dress fill the streets, pubs and restaurants. At midnight a spectacular firework display takes place on the banjo pier watched by people on the beach and promenade. There is a good view of this from Hannafore, across the river.

It is worth visiting the harbour quay to watch the fishing boats coming in to unload their catches. The arrival of the small fishing fleet is a busy and colourful scene. Local fish can be found on the menus of many local restaurants. The banjo pier is a popular point from which to see the returning fishing trawlers at high tide.

One of Looe's oldest buildings is the Old Guildhall in East Looe. It dates back to around 1500. It was formerly the town hall, but now houses the Museum. The present town hall is the Victorian Guildhall in Fore Street.

Getting to Looe

Total distance: 2miles
Travel time: Approximately 5mins

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