St Mawes


St Mawes is the principal village on the Roseland Peninsula, situated at the mouth of the Percuil River.

An important port in medieval times and now a picturesque harbour with a small fishing fleet, it is protected by the most perfectly preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses, St Mawes Castle.

The village remains a centre for a range of watersports activities and offers three fine beaches. You will also find a range of hotels, pubs, cafes and restaurants, and some interesting shops and galleries.

Why not pick up a Treasure Trail from Roseland Visitor Centre to help you explore this beautiful village?




St Mawes is linked to Falmouth by the St Mawes Ferry which runs year round across the Carrick Roads (foot passengers only). During the summer months, a small passenger ferry links St Mawes to Place on the remote St Anthony headland, enabling visitors to visit the small church behind Place Manor and the St Anthony Lighthouse and St Anthony Battery, as well as enjoying varied and pretty circular walks. Also during the summer sail from St Mawes via Falmouth to Trelissick Gardens.

Recreation Ground

At the top of the long stay car park is the Recreation Ground, with an excellent skate ramp and tennis court as well as a children’s play area and aerial slide. Picnic tables are dotted about and there is a large green area ideal for a family game of cricket or football.

You can hire the tennis court for an hour for £10 - just pop into the Visitors Centre to book. Don’t have racquets and/or tennis balls with you? We have some for you to borrow.


Roseland Gig Club

St Mawes is home to the Roseland Gig Club, established in 1986 with the first gig launched in 1987.
You can watch the gigs on most Thursday evenings in St Mawes, and the club holds events throughout the year.

Walk to St Just in Roseland Church

It is an easy 2.5 mile coastal walk from St Mawes Castle to St Just in Roseland Church, described by Sir John Betjeman as being “to many people the most beautiful churchyard on earth”.

It’s easy to see why people love to visit this beautiful village.


St Mawes
St Mawes
St Mawes
St Mawes