The local area
Paul, in the heart of west Cornwall, is blessed to be near some of the most compelling and famous scenery, structures and attractions in the whole of the British Isles.
Here is a just a very small selection of places within easy travelling distance from the Kings Arms, Paul and are worth visiting at any time of the year.
St Michael’s Mount
Just four miles to the east of Paul is one of the National Trust’s most famous properties.
Situated off the sandy shore of the ancient town of Marazion, St Michael’s Mount is an island at high tide and connected to the mainland by a cobbled causeway exposed at half tide and enabling access by foot. When covered by the tide, access is by a fleet of small motor boats. A unique experience with plenty to explore in the harbour and castle.
Just 15-20 minutes drive from Paul, the soft beach of Porthcurno formed by sand and millions of crushed sea shells hides a secret. Underneath the shore, the first submarine telegraph cables were laid here connecting Great Britain with its empire in the Victorian era. Today, that connection literally continues as underground cables connect the UK’s telecommunications network with the wider world. Who knows, this web page may have travelled under Porthcurno beach!
Explore the history of telecommunications and the underground tunnels that were laid to protect our infrastructure during World War 2 at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum.
The nearby Minack Theatre is famous worldwide for its daily open-air cliff top performances. Literally carved from the cliffs by the inspiring Rowena Cade in the 1930s, the Minack Theatre has an ever-changing summer programme that includes theatre, dance and music concerts.
Readily accessible from the Kings Arms at Paul, St Ives is one of the west country’s most famous tourist destinations.
Famous for attracting surfers and artists alike, St Ives has been a major art colony since Victorian times. Today, amongst a myriad of galleries and niche shops in the town, Tate St Ives always has an interesting programme of modern art.
Whilst in St Ives, don’t miss the wonderful Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden – combined tickets for both Tate and Barbara Hepworth museum are available from both venues.
St Ives makes an ideal destination for a morning or afternoon outing from Paul.
Less than a ten minute walk from the Kings Arms is the gorgeous village of Mousehole.
A small harbour with a soft, sandy beach shelters many little boats. A sea water pool to the east of the village is an interesting place for families with small children.
The village has been immortalised in the beautifully illustrated children’s story ‘The Mousehole Cat’ by Antonia Barber that has been animated for TV and most recently turned into a ballet.
Every Christmas, thousands of visitors descend on Mousehole to take in the lights that decorate the harbour and village.
Also near to the Kings Arms Paul…
The South West Coast Path passes near to Paul. 630 miles of glorious scenery runs from Minehead to Poole Harbour. As we are just up the hill from Mousehole, the Kings Arms provides a perfect overnight rest for weary walkers. www.southwestcoastpath.com
Penzance is to the east of Paul with plenty to explore. From March to November, the Scillonian III passenger ship travels daily from Penzance to the Scilly Isles. A day trip is not enough to explore the islands, but will give you a taste of paradise so near to our shores.
There is just so much to see and do locally that we can’t list everything on our web site. Ask our friendly, local staff for their recommendations – a large-scale Ordnance Survey Explorer map is always available in the bar – and to help plan your days out.