Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling & Fishing

Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing

A small museum located right on the harbourside of the beautiful fishing village of Polperro, containing a fascinating insight into the history of fishing and smuggling from the late 18th century to date. It houses a remarkable photographic record dating from around 1860.

The collection is complemented by a wonderful collection of ships models. Family history is also well catered for with records available for viewing. The collection is housed in what was the old pilchard factory until the early 20th century.

  • Polperro £5 Note

    This note is un-issued probably dating from 1811

  • Polperro £1 Note

    This is an issued note dated1818 and signed by Zephaniah Job

  • Polperro Knitfrock

    The fishing village of Polperro had their very own style of knitted jumpers known as 'knitfrocks'. In the mid 19th century, 28 women and girls were employed in the village as knitters. Each family had their own dedicated pattern so that any man lost at sea could be identified if his body was found.

Admission & prices

Open Easter until end October.

10.30 am until 4.30 pm.

10.00 am until 5.00 pm during high season.

Admission charges

Adults: £3.00

Children under 16 Free

Dogs on leads are welcome.

For group bookings or further information
please telephone 01503 273005

Find us

Park in the main Polperro Car Park and walk down through the village. The Museum is well signposted once you reach the harbour area


  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities

Visit the Museum tea rooms selling a wide range of speciality teas, coffees, & cold drinks
Hot & cold snacks
Delicious homemade cakes
Homemade gluten free cakes & scones
Cornish ice cream & other Cornish treats
Family & dog friendly
Harbour views

Mawdsley's Room
The Warren
PL13 2RB

T: 01503272423
E: polperroharbour@outlook.com

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Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing

Mawdsley's Room
The Warren

Polperro, CORNWALL PL13 2RB