Boscastle in Cornwall is probably best known for being the village that flooded and suffered extensive damage in 2004. Two billion litres of water rushed into the village sweeping fifty cars out to sea and destroying homes, roads and buildings. Nowadays the small coastal village shows no scars of the past and makes a great place to explore the north coast of Cornwall. Here are our 5 best things to do in Boscastle with kids.
1. Boscastle Harbour Walk
Boscastle Harbour is a very small port set in a very narrow ravine. This makes it uniquely different from other coastal villages in Cornwall.
The Boscastle Harbour Walk is about a mile from the village car park and very accessible. The only steps you’ll find are stone / slate steps up onto the viewing point that looks out to sea.
However, I must mention we went on a particularly wet and windy day, Cornwall is known to have a few of those! The wind was gusting so hard into the harbour we didn’t stick around too long when we got to the end. I had visions of the kids being blown off the rocks and out to sea! So, if the weather is a bit nasty, bear this in mind.
I also decided to put the baby in a carrier instead of the buggy. This worked well when we got to the steps. If you choose to take a buggy you can park the it at the bottom and carry them up the last bit so you can have a look around just as easily.
The walk from the village down to the harbour is looked after by the National Trust and you can find more information about the walk and what to look out for here.
2. The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic – Boscastle with Kids
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle is home to the world’s largest collection of witchcraft related artifacts and is one of the most popular museums in Cornwall.
The museum puts on various events throughout the year and welcomes visitors, roughly, from 1st April to 1st November. If you are visiting Boscastle with kids this would be a ghoulishly interesting visit for everyone!
For more information on latest opening times and Covid related safeguarding visit the website.
3. Shopping in Boscastle with Kids
There are some lovely little shops to wander around in the village. Our favourites were: Boscastle Gallery, where you can bag yourself a bargain souvenir; Boscastle Bakery, because who doesn’t love cake and the gorgeous Tea Rooms at Bridge House.
4. South West Coast Path
Due to the bad weather when we visited Boscastle with kids, we decided not to walk the South West Coast Path.
However, on our next visit we will be sure to explore this well trodden coastal path. The route diverges from the Harbour Walk and goes around the back of the Harbour Cottage. The path then follows the cliff edge out to the Willapark lookout for some more amazing views of the wild Cornish coastline.
5. Boscastle Visitors Centre
The Boscastle Visitors Centre is a great place to learn all about the local area and the herritage of the village. Did you know Boscastle had a very important role in fishing pilchards in the reign of Elizabeth I? The National Trust Cafe is also called The Pilchard Cellar Cafe!