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Rip off Polperro

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Rip off Polperro

We visited Polperro for an afternoon and I think it fair comment that it is probably one of the most expensive places you could ever want to visit.

To get there you park in a huge car park, with an exhorbitant charge, an attendant walking around checking cars for tickets. You can't actually see anything from the car park so we asked how far it was to the harbour. The car park attendant replied "about ten minutes". In fact, it took about ten minutes to walk to the other end of the car park and about 15 mins to get to the village. Not great if you have mobility problems....! There is an over priced horse and cart but decided not to both due to the cost.

Polperro is definitely pretty but everything is so over priced. Each restaurant sells the same as everything else and nothing looked very special. Most people just bought a pasty.

A boat ride was reasonably priced however and was the only saving grace.

The over-priced car park set the tone for the rest of the day. Expect to pay double what you would elsewhere and you won't be disappointed.

It's off the Spain for me next time.

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1. Re: Rip off Polperro

Just returned from a week near Polperro...

Yes, car park is large, and yes it can be nearly as far from the far end of the car park to to the entrance, as it is into the village. Still, at least you don't have to park at the top of a steep hill...

Parking charges are not exorbitant. OK, it's not free, but they compare reasonably with elsewhere (same or cheaper). £1.50 for up to 2 hrs (plenty of time for a good wander around). £2.50 for 3 hrs, and so on. Yes there are attendants, I don't see what the problem with this is.

Close to the ntrance to the car park is a sign showing how far it is to the harbour.

It is around a 10 minute walk along a quietish road (just as well all though cars aren't allowed into the village to have 'a look'...)

If you don't want to walk, there are 3 choices on how to get to the village.

Take the horse and cart (most expensive, but free ice cream or tea/coffee with return ticket)

Take the bus (a little cheaper, travel on a converted milk float - I kid you not...) - these travel further into the centre of the village

Use the free bus (yes... free, but donations accepted for the church restoration.). Though this seems to run infrequently.

I'd concur about the restaurants, though a couple are recommended (Crouches), and the Blue Peter pub too.

In summary, it isn't the cheapest destination on the Cornish coast - but neither does it cost twice anywhere else.

I'm sure if Nordicgal went to spain she would have noticed the 20% increase in proces in the past year due to spanish inflation, and the weakness of the £ against the Euro. You can be sure that prices in Polperro won't have gone up by similar amounts.

Visit Polperro and enjoy its character and history.

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2. Re: Rip off Polperro

I think if you have mobility problems then its best to steer clear of Polperro for future reference. I went there some years back and I don't recall the car park being expensive, and it sounds like its perfectly reasonable compared to what car parks charge in Bristol!

Its a lovely walk down the very steep hill (the odd bit of tourist tat along the way) and there is the added bonus of opting for a cream tea once back up the hill. I can't comment on the other eateries as I didn't try them - just the excellent cream tea.

In a place so geographically challenged for the motorist I can't see what other options Polperro has, but obviously its made you want to visit spain. Different strokes for different folks!

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4. Re: Rip off Polperro

here in central London - not only do we have a conjestion charge but its £2 for 20 mins parking

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I'm afraid I have to agree with nordiclovely. We had visited Polperro during our holiday and we sadly not very impressed. I'm not sure why but we didn't feel very welcome - it felt more like we were intruding.

I certainly think the restaurants were overpriced and very similar to each other and didn't warrant the cost.

The horse and cart transport to the bottom was ridiculously priced. It also felt a bit dangerous at times as there were always cars passing through.

I'm not saying I don't appreciate picturesque places but I felt Polperro could've done with a bit more variety and points of interest.

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Chelsea, a new poster to the forum I see. Could you be a bit more specific about the actual cost of the transport and also say when you visited please. This information would be most useful. Thankyou.

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7. Re: Rip off Polperro

Oh dear what happened to GB's post? GB perhaps there was the odd word in there that did not meet guidelines, so perhaps you could do a little edit and post again, as it was a very useful post for anyone wishing to visit Polperro.

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I also think GB's post was informative and hope to see an edited version reappear. Poor old Polperro needed a champion to fight back for it. I haven't visited for donkeys years so couldn't comment, but GB obviously had and had great information.

Trisha

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10. Re: Rip off Polperro

Chelsea

"a bit more variety and points of interest".

Did you explore the village and see what's on offer?

Did you stroll up the Warren to take in the great views back across the entrance to the harbour? Did you walk around the other side of the harbour to see Peak Rock and the old Net Loft? Did you pay a visit to the Lifeboat Museum and Heritage Centre?

Did you pay a visit to one or more of the superbly atmospheric pubs such as the Blue Peter or the Mill House? Did you see the Shell House along the Warren. Did you see the model village and railway? Did you take in a cream tea at one of the lovely rustic tea rooms such as the Plantation, The Polmary and others? Did you spend any time looking in the local galleries which feature stunning local work by up-and-coming artists? Did you take a peek in Polperro Arts Foundation?

Did you walk any of the lovely cliff paths that stretches either way from the village to Talland Bay and Polruan? Did you dine in one of the restaurants or pubs where the fish is so fresh it was still swimming that morning?

More variety and points of interest? How much can you squeeze into such a tiny place?

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