Boscastle is a stunning little harbour and home to the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
This charming village and National Trust site is a great base for walks and there’s some quaint shops and tea-rooms to wander round.
If you’re looking for a slow magical Cornish day trip with cream tea and a beautiful coastal walk, Boscastle and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is worth exploring.
Boscastle, Cornwall, PL35 0HD
You’ll find the Boscastle and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in the North East of Cornwall, up past Tintagel, right on the edge of the coast.
The museum is very easy to find, follow the river down from the car park and you’ll come across the museum and National Trust shop.
It’s no surprise that Boscastle is an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty. The natural inlet has been protected by two strategically built sea walls.
The village nestles itself around the river and guys, it’s like you’ve walked into the picture of one of those old chocolate or fudge boxes. It’s such a wholesome day out and I swear your should will be replenished after you’ve spent some time here. It’s just that kind of place.
There are steep cliffs either side of the Elizabethan quay and everything is made out of stone that’s been weathered by the rough coastal winds.
Parking is at the top and you wander down through the village to the National Trust shop and to the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
I hope these pictures do it justice, it’s such an enchanting place. It’s similar to Burley, a village with a witch history in Hampshire.
Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is a tiny marvel! Inside a cottage right on the edge of the river is a curated collection of the occult and mystic. It’s the oldest and largest collection in the world!
Over 3000 items are displayed over two floors, and there’s literally something to look at around every corner. There are items from all throughout history right up to the modern day. I loved the museum because it’s so quirky and it definitely appeals to my interest in the occult and magic.
There’s a lot to take in and you’ll want to take your time to read the captions as some of them are humourous, other factual and others mysterious and spooky. If you’re a fan of witches, Wicca, weird happenings and the occult there’s many artefacts, items and stories to explore here.
Walks around Boscastle
The South West Coast Path passes through the village which makes Boscastle very popular with walkers.
The harbour and village is surrounded by National Trust land and walking trails. My particular favourite is the cliff path along the edge of the mouth of the river and up over the Willapark headland. There’s a walk that loops around the river sides too.
In fact, there’s quite a few walks in and around the area which draws a lot of ramblers. There are lots of routes of various lengths and difficulty.
Top tip – take a jump and rain coat as the weather changes at the drop of a hat!
Boscastle and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is a really lovely way to spend the day.
Embrace the mystical side of Cornwall with a visit to Boscastle, look at the websites below to help you start planning your trip. It’s worth checking what is open in Boscastle, especially if you’re reading this during a global pandemic.
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