You wouldn’t know it by just looking at this coastal town, but this idyllic place in Cornwall has a pretty immoral past.
Sometime in the 18th century, Polperro’s remote coastline was a routine entry point for smugglers, who brought in tobacco, alcohol, and any other contraband of the time. They didn’t leave many traces behind.
Though there are a few traditional fishermen’s cottages that date back to the 16th century, which line the beautiful narrow streets, and the downtown area has a few charming boutiques and galleries.
But you can also learn about this small coastal town’s colorful history at the Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing. There are also a number of things to do here, including exploring the village, visiting the beach, and taking part in a variety of activities like fishing.