This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Boscastle. To help you make friends with Boscastle before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Boscastle is a small village on the north coast of Cornwall, popular with tourists throughout the year due to its picturesque location. Boscastle gained notoriety in 2004 when the village was badly flooded and suffered extensive damage. The tourist information centre has a permanent display with photos and videos of the flood as well as lots of information on things to do in and around Boscastle.
The village has a good selection of souvenir shops as well as a pottery and witchcraft museum. There are a number of options for food, including a couple of popular pubs, tea rooms, and restaurant. The National Trust, which owns much of the land around Boscastle, runs a gift shop and cafe.
Once a busy fishing village, Boscastle's main industry is now tourism. Due to its location on the Cornwall Coast Path, and with lots of other footpaths nearby, Boscastle is a popular stopping point for walkers. As such, there is a hostel in Boscastle, but it's only fully open between April and November; it can be hired by groups during other times of the year. Alternatively there are a number of bed and breakfasts and a couple of hotels that are open throughout the year.
For the more adventurous, Boscastle is close to a selection of good surfing beaches and local instructors can help you learn to surf as well as providing activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, and kayaking. In addition, sea fishing trips can be booked throughout the year departing from Boscastle harbour.
In a peaceful location, Boscastle is ideal for a relaxing break as well as being a good base for those wishing to explore the surrounding area.