Mevagissey's narrow streets and steep valley sides lead everyone to the harbour at the centre of the village. The distinctive, twin harbour provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats bringing back their catch; skate, lobster, plaice, mackerel, sole and more. Pubs, cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops cluster around the harbour and line the quaint streets.
The fascinating history of the village can be seen in the Mevagissey Museum on the harbourside. Stacked to the gunwales with memorablia and local artefacts, the Museum brings the history of the village to life. Also on the harbourside is the local Aquarium. Recently restored and renovated, it has a superb collection of fish from the local waters.
With views over the village and Mevagissey Bay, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are another look back in history. The Victorians were passionate about their gardening, especially so in the mild climate of Cornwall, and created many fine gardens with exotic plants newly discovered and brought back from South-east Asia; camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons. Alas, during the early and mid-Twentieth Century, the gardens at Heligan were gradually abandoned and 'went to sleep'. In 1990, they were rediscovered and have been brought back to life, recreating the Victorian splendour, enhancing the wildlife and the Home Farm.