Mousehole Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Penzance

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A basic but spectacularly located campsite on Cornwall's Penwith Peninsula, built on the resources of Mousehole's local football club

You’ve heard of campsites with a football pitch on offer, but how about the other way round? Tucked in the far southwestern corner of the British Isles, Mousehole Camping in Cornwall offers exactly that – a great non-league football club that has a handy pop-up campsite adjacent to their top quality pitch.

Trungle Parc is home to the South West Peninsula League's finest, Mousehole AFC. Their idea, is nothing short of genius. The essential facilities have long been in place - showers, toilets and sinks inside the main changing rooms with a well drained flat field providing the ideal conditions for camping. We have 34 good sized pitches, some hardstanding with electric, some grass with electric, some just grass. If you don’t mind that slightly makeshift, pop-up campsite feel then you can’t go far wrong here. The main camping season runs from mid-April to mid-September but self-contained campervans and smaller motorhomes (max 6.5m) can book a hardstanding pitch all year round. And if you’re lucky there might be a free game to watch - the season generally begins in mid-July and ends in early May.

Of course, the real success of this campsite doesn’t stem from the fact that the facilities are well maintained and prices kept conveniently low (though it certainly helps), but more importantly from its knock-your-socks-off location. At the end of the day, this is the real reason a football club can get away with opening up a corner of its ground and otherwise just leaving you to it!

A stroll away from the campsite entrance, the tiny village of Paul has all the endearing characteristics you’d expect of a village with the same name as your mate from down the road. Paul’s local, the Kings Arms, is a cosy, old stone haunt, with a couple of picnic benches outside, looking across to the parish church opposite. The centre of the village’s history, this towered old building is said to have been founded in the year 409 by the Welsh saint, Paul Aurelian... though a further two Saint Paul’s are also disputably it’s rightful honouree. Today’s structure actually dates to the year 1600, after the invitingly isolated Penwith Peninsula was sacked and burned by marauding Spaniards five years earlier.

The campsite or, more accurately, the football club, takes its name from the next village over, a tiny cluster of houses encircling a beautiful old harbour. It was here that the Spanish first landed, with a plaque outside the only surviving building that reads "Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here 23 July 1595 defending this house against the Spaniards". Today the picture-perfect spot, speckled with colourful dinghies, boasts a sandy crescent beach when the tide is out and excellent crabbing opportunities from the far harbour walls. It’s your first discovery of many along this stretch of heritage coastline; a peninsula on the very edge of the country with all the drama, history and intrigue that you could ask for.

Our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

Book with complete confidence at Mousehole Camping with the Cool Camping Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:

  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
  • Due to low deposit and late balance payment, no refunds are offered

Click here to read the full terms



Facilities on site include large flat grass pitches (some with electric hook-ups), 11 all weather hardstanding pitches (with electric hook-ups), excellent free wi-fi, tiled solar-powered showers and washing-up area, a community freezer, free phone charging points and ample car parking for additional vehicles. Bell tents are available for glamping for the peak season (July & August).

All campers receive welcome information on arrival. BBQ’s and small fires are permitted as long as they are raised off the ground.

Please note that the facilities are a short walk from the camping site around the football pitch. This means that, unfortunately, our site is not ideal for wheelchair users. We do have a disabled toilet / shower / wet room that can be accessed but the trip around the football pitch is not the most convenient.

Football matches occasionally take place during the camping season (from mid-July to early May) and all campers get free entry! The showers are out of action whilst the matches take place but there are toilets that are always available for use.

Suitable For

Our small site is ideal for campervans, tents and small motorhomes. It is NOT suitable for larger motorhomes (7m max) as the approach roads from Penzance are narrow and the entrance to the site itself is steep. We welcome families, small groups, walkers, cyclists and campers looking for a quiet ‘Cool Camping’ campsite in a great Cornish location. We have a ‘quiet campsite’ policy between 11pm and 7am.


Walk the 15 minutes to picture perfect Mousehole, an attractive fishing village centred around its beautiful old harbour. Wander the cobbled streets visiting the art galleries and independent shops or catch a bus from there to Penzance, the most well known spot on the Penwith Peninsula and just 3 miles from the campsite. St Michael's Mount (01736 710265) is then just a 20-minute walk along the seafront and across the beach – you can walk the causeway at low tide or take the boat when it's high. Elsewhere, you can't come this far and not go all the way out to Land's End, the UK's most south westerly point. Just a couple of miles to its east Porthcurno Beach is extremely popular, though its surprising treat is actually the overlooking Telegraph Museum (01736 810966), marking what was once the world’s biggest submarine telegraph station. Step inside to find family quiz trails, secret WWII tunnels and interactive exhibits. The adjacent Minack Theatre (01736 810181) is also a must-see. Take a blanket and picnic and watch a play at the ocean’s edge.

Food & Drink

Just 500 metres away, the tiny village of Paul has a great local, The Kings Arms (01736 731224), serving hearty pub meals and a wide range of beers. We are a short downhill stroll to the village of Mousehole with it's amazing harbour and more options when it comes to pubs and restaurants.
The main town of Penzance is less than 10 minutes drive away with more wide-spread amenities, such as major supermarkets (Tesco, Lidl, Sainsburys and Morrisons), fast food outlets and a great range of take aways and restaurants.
Other useful amenities in Penzance include a 24hr urgent care Hospital, numerous doctors and chemists, a main line train station, regular buses and taxis, a leisure centre, a cinema and a unique ferry service which will take you to the beautiful Isles of Scilly.


July & August (when the footy season is over) for tent camping and bell tent glamping. Campervans/motorhomes all year round.

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

The Owner Says

Mousehole Camping is a small, friendly and unique family and dog friendly campsite based at a local football club in the quiet village of Paul near Penzance.

The campsite has 34 flat pitches and gets quickly booked out throughout July and August - so book early to avoid disappointment!

The campsite is just 500 metres from the Kings Arms, a local pub serving great food and beers, a mile from the famous Mousehole Harbour and just 2 1/2 miles from Penzance with its large choice of shops, restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets.

Local attractions include Porthcurno beach, the world famous open-air Minack Theatre, St. Michael’s Mount, Lamorna Cove, the South West coast path and, of course, Land’s End.

Video Tour

Virtual Tour


Approximately 25 camping pitches and 5 harder spots for campervans or motorhomes. 17 pre-erected bell tents that can sleep 4 people in each.

Standard Grass Pitch - no electric

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
Suitable for tents & campervans. Motorhomes need to book the ‘hardstanding’ and ‘grass with EHU’ pitches.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 8 Available
Our 4m Boutique Bell Tents sleep 4 people with inflatable beds and electric sockets provided. You have an outdoor A table. Bring your own bedding / towels.

Hardstanding with 16amp EHU - Plot 1

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 6 19 Available
Max vehicle length 7m

Check Availability


Contact Mousehole Camping, Trungle Parc, Paul, Mousehole, Penzance

Show Map

Getting There

Drive to Penzance and head towards Newlyn. Do  NOT take the coast road to Mousehole as the harbour roads are too narrow - ignore your sat nav if it sends you via Mousehole! From the crossroads at Newlyn go straight across and continue up the steep hill following the sign to Paul. Please note that this road narrows in places. Continue to the top of the hill (approximately one mile) until you reach a T-junction signposted Mousehole and Paul. Turn left and in half a mile, before Paul church, turn right (the campsite is signposted). The entrance to the campsite is at the end of the road next to Paul Cricket Club.

There are good bus and train services  to Penzance and there is a local bus service from Penzance to Paul. The open-top double decker ‘Land’s End Coaster’ is easily accessible from the campsite with regular services around the peninsular to St. Ives, Penzance and, of course, Land’s End itself.


Add Your Review

Rated ★★★★★ over 35 reviews


Quiet, calm and welcoming

Quiet campsite. Large changing rooms with showers (they are the football changing rooms). The communal showers are divided up with a shower curtain so not as private as some but fine by me. Plenty of hot water for washing up, showers etc. A bit of a walk to the toilets/washing up from the pitches. Shed with charging points, freezer etc. Friendly staff. A bit of a novelty for my youngest staying at a football pitch. No food/drinks etc and a walk downhill into Mousehole which is about a mile (steep back up hill). The Kings Arms is a short walk away and food and drink are absolutely fine.

Response from Mousehole Camping

Jenny, we’re happy that you a good stay and that your youngest enjoyed the novelty of camping next to a football pitch!! We look forward to your next visit - you’ll be very welcome!

Perfect place for family holiday

Lovely camp site, run by very hard working stuff very enthusiastic people. Perfect location for exploring Cornish attractions. Only 20 min walk from Mousehole, 10 min drive from Penzance. Highly recommended.

Response from Mousehole Camping

We’re glad that you enjoyed your break Pawel and you’ll be most welcome to return for another visit!

Lovely little site, friendly staff

Lovely little site, the staff are very friendly and helpful. The showers are the football teams showers with a few shower curtains but they and hot and powerful. There's a washing line for you to hang your towels and swimming costumes. The facilities are very clean and well looked after. There is a communal freezer, which is fab. The bus stops are within walking distance, as is Mousehole harbour. We had the smallest EHU pitch but we just managed to fit our drive away awning on it.
Jul 30, 2021 by Ben hunt Verified Review

Response from Mousehole Camping

Ben, we’re glad that you enjoyed your stay and that you managed to get the campervan fixed. Come back and visit us next year!


Lovely hard working staff, pretty site

Friendly well kept site. The Bell tent is pretty but does get very cold at night. Bring a small fan heater!! ( even when there’s a heat wave) Inflatable mattresses not my fav, bring a hairdryer to re-inflate. I didn’t have a car so limited on amount I could bring but would definitely recommend a roll up mattress. Showers basic but workable. Beautiful walks and beaches especially Sennen
Jul 22, 2021 by Sarah

Response from Mousehole Camping

Sarah, yes, it does cool down at night even in July so your idea of providing fan heaters in the Bell Tents is a good one for next season. Good ideas are always appreciated!


Sunny quirky lovely camping

My partner and I had a long weekend camping and we were so lucky with the hot weather. The staff were really friendly and the freezer was handy for our ice packs. Fantastic area- we explored gorgeous Mousehole, Porthcurno beach, watched a football game at the campsite, St Michael’s Mount and beautiful Sennen beach. We plan to go back to explore the area more.
Jul 20, 2021 by Susan Verified Review

Response from Mousehole Camping

Susan, yes it’s a great area to explore and we’re glad that you had a good break. You’ll be very welcome when you return to explore some more!


Lovely staff and excellent camping pitch. Has all and good essential camping components, 100% recommended.
Jul 19, 2021 by Yuheng Du Verified Review

Response from Mousehole Camping

We’re happy that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your next visit!

One of the best campsite in Cornwall

Excellent campsite lovely place Ideal base for exploring. Good bus links a short walk away meaning you can walk a long way and bus it back. Sue Paul and team keep the place spotless showers always clean and tidy. Well recommended
Jul 11, 2021 by Sally Hull Verified Review

Response from Mousehole Camping

Sally, we’re pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us! And Buzz says ‘hello’ to your two lovely dogs 🐕🐕‍🦺. Come and see us again!

Great camp site

Hosts were lovely and welcoming. Great facilities and location. Will be back again.
Jul 6, 2021 by Oscar

Response from Mousehole Camping

A shame that the weather wasn’t the greatest but we’re glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you’ll be back!

Can’t recommend enough

We had a long weekend at Mousehole Camping and it was a wonderful experience. Staff were friendly helpful and considerate. The site itself is well placed and well maintained. Good clean facilities and a relaxed feel with large pitch sizes and a lovely welcome pack on arrival. Totally recommend this site as one of the nicest we’ve been to in a while and will definitely be booking again.

Response from Mousehole Camping

Marianne, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again!


Great position, lovely staff, great facilities. Toilet and shower facilities are very clean. I’d describe as basic and not that private as in football club changing rooms but all good for us. Lovely pub in village but do book ahead for food. Bus passes within a short walk so good to use to get around. Clubhouse not open when we were there so don’t necessarily expect drinks and snacks on site. Highly recommended as a great site
Jun 26, 2021 by Matt Verified Review

Response from Mousehole Camping

Thanks Matt. We’re glad that you enjoyed your stay - see you again soon!

Friendly welcome

Camped alone and felt very safe and warmly welcomed . Ideally situated site for coastal walks , visits to The Minack , Penzance , St Michaels mount , Great social distancing measures in place , loved watching the cricket in the next field 😊

Response from Mousehole Camping

Jane, we’re glad that you enjoyed our pop-up campsite. Can’t take credit for organising the cricket match though! See you again we hope.


Submitted half a review! -here’s other half - great facilities spotlessly clean -volunteers sue and Paul really welcoming and helpful and friendly - if you don’t go and stay here you are missing out!!
Jun 17, 2021 by Ben (Nigel) Verified Review

Response from Mousehole Camping

half a response:
Thanks Nigel & Wendy, come back soon!

Excellent location. Good WiFi. Friendly staff. Basic facilities

Great spot with pub nearby and Mousehole a short walk. The coaster bus leaves every hour from nearby Sheffield and is an experience in itself!
Jun 16, 2021 by John Young Verified Review

Response from Mousehole Camping

Thanks for your review John. See you again!

The perfect spot!

We stayed at Mousehole for 2 nights during a trip in our van and have to say it was our favourite of the 5 different sites we visited. The volunteers are so friendly and helpful, the facilities clean and tidy, and Mousehole is just a short stroll down the hill. Such a stunning little town - well worth a visit! We will absolutely be returning in future and for much longer.
Jun 9, 2021 by Loreena Verified Review

Response from Mousehole Camping

Thanks Lorena, we’re happy that you enjoyed our ‘quirky’ site. Yes, please stay longer next time, you’ll be very welcome!

Amazing Stay

Just came back from a 3 night stay and we loved every minute of it. The connexion to the local football team gives this charming little place a unique feel. The Club is pretty much runned by volunteers that will go out of their way to make you feel welcomed. This weekend they took a TV screen out so that we could watch the Champions League Final outdoors in the Clubhouse terrace as the sun was setting. We were told that they have plans to get a bigger screen to show the Euros this summer, I can't think of many better settings to watch a game or two; an outdoor kids movie might be a nice touch on a nice summer's evening. The Clubhouse is close enough for a short safe walk for the kids, but also far enough not to interfere with the campsite's peaceful atmosphere. We also got to watch a fun Cricket game on the adjacent Cricket field whilst having a bbq; allegedly Cornwall's best batsman was playing. Outside of the sport side of things, the facilities are well maintained Football Club facilities that are just enough taking into account that the campsite is very small. The location is second to none with Cornwall's best beaches and the beautiful Minack theatre, where we saw a show, just a short drive away. The picturesque fishing village of Mousehole just a quick walk down the hill. Supermarkets are also just a short drive away...All in all the combination of convince and uniqueness made this little place an ideal choice for our family.
Jun 2, 2021 by Pablo Briceno

Response from Mousehole Camping

Thanks for your kind words Pablo. We’re really pleased that you think our uniqueness and location are ‘second to none’. We look forward to seeing you again!

Excellent camp

The camp is in an amazing location and everybody who is involved in running it were so helpful and made our trip extra special! I can't wait to come back.
May 12, 2021 by Emily Cowman

Response from Mousehole Camping

Emily, we still talk fondly about your fuelling issue ……! We’re pleased that you enjoyed yourselves and the cheese was great!

Excellent and amazing value

Great to get back following lock down. Great site well laid out ,excellent welcome from attentive hosts. Nice walk to Mousehole and a great pub next door. Great inexpensive bus service from front door. Loved the will be back Thank Wendy andnigel
Apr 21, 2021 by Nigel James Verified Review

Response from Mousehole Camping

We’re pleased that you enjoyed your stay!

Basic camping

Its a football club who is doing camping on the side and is good that the money from the campsite goes towards the local team. The downside is that you have to walk right around the football pitch to access the facilites. Also the facilites are not quite up to standard, not enough showers and toilets for a campsite. Staff were friendly on arrival. The pitches are all level a few electric hook up but these are all on grass no hard standing and its a good base to explore the area. Theres a good pub next door as well.
Oct 15, 2020 by Andrew Rudd Verified Review

Beautiful location and spotless facilities

Quiet rural location but with all the amenities. Loved the fact you could walk to the local pub (delicious fish and chips). Super clean toilets and shower. The sun rose over the church tower. Paul is a beautiful village just a short walk from Newlyn then around to Penzance for the train home. Thanks for fitting me in.
Sep 20, 2020 by saretta

Friendly welcome, Neat, with plenty of hot water, free game of football thrown in

Well laid out flat pitches for the tents, much more than a basic campsite. It also feels good to know that the local Youth facilities are the beneficiaries of the monies raised. Camp hosts were extremely nice people, the campsite was quiet at night, and the location in Paul meant that Mousehole and the South Coast Footpath were close at hand. The football game was interesting to watch , and the quality of the pitch matched the local talent on display, both excellent. A comedy sending off for the Mousehole AFC player just added to the fun. Would definitely revisit
Sep 14, 2020 by Shaun


Really nice campsite toilets and close to pub 👍

A very peaceful campsite

We throughly enjoyed our stay. The campsite was very relaxing and quiet, the perfect place for a September getaway. All facilities were very clean, but sharing the football club facilities was a little tricker during matches. However, I would highly recommend this campsite as it was well run and the location was ideal. Thanks for an excellent weekend!
Sep 8, 2020 by Julia

Roomy site, great facilities, great location.

Had a pitch with electric hookup, very flat, great location close to Mousehole (15 mins walk) and 5 mins walk to the pub. Good clean facilities. Friendly owners.
Sep 2, 2020 by Pockett Verified Review

lovely unspoilt spot

this is a lovely small quiet camp site. The location is brilliant, short walk to mousehole and short drive to penzance. There are fields all around and a sense of space. vey warm welcome on arrival, electric hook up and very clean showers and loos. The showers are communal but we always had no other users. Dishwasher area has lots of hot water but is not covered which led to some wet washing up sessions. It was a lovely site for children as there is a central space visible to everyone where they met and played. Local pub (5 mins walk) does good food.
Aug 31, 2020 by Linda Naylor Verified Review

Despite weathering 2 storms, we had a fab time at Mousehole Camping!

Mousehole Camping is a small site with flat pitches. It is a long walk to showers/washing up and loos but there was always hot water and everything is clean. The couple managing the site were always helpful and friendly and even let us borrow their electric kettle when we ran out of gas. The site is well placed, close to Mousehole and Penzance. There’s a great chippy in Newlyn and a lovely fish restaurant called Mackerel Sky. The walk from Mousehole to Lamorna Cove is beautiful.

Great location, bit too small

The best thing about this campsite is the location, 5 minn walk from a pub, 15 from the lovely town of Mousehole and well connected to explore the South of Cornwall. Second best would be the flat pitches. Other positives: large changing rooms, hot water in toilets, showers and washing facility, freezer for icepacks, family shower room available, some charging points around the facilities. Now the negatives: 1- being so small when we arrived (almost full) it felt like a parking lot; 2- relatively long walk to the facilities and add mentioned, small basins and beer little privacy possible in the showers/changing rooms; 3- we found the staff almost cruel... We faced a strong storm and instead of providing advise which we would have appreciated, we got sarcastic comments about the quality of our tents. We asked if we could move for the worst night to a slightly more protected area and again, no sympathy and vague comments about wings direction potentially changing. I though they being the experts in this campsite could have advised that we looked for shelter in the large changing rooms or space being the football pitch seats. On the other hand, I'll be fair saying that the technical issues with hot water were quickly dealt with and cleaning was OK. All in all, we won't be repeating this one even though the facilities were overall good. We've been camping in the UK for 10 years and this is our first slightly unpleasant experience.

Great site

Great site with friendly accommodating staff. Big flat pitches. Warm showers (curtained off group showers) with heated changing rooms with mirrors and plugs. 4 clean loos with paper. Washing up area had hot water too! Plenty of space as the site is next to the football and cricket pitches. A pub is an easy walk from the site with Mousehole a bit further (approx a 15 minute walk) down the hill - pretty harbour town with a pebble beach off to the left. We would highly recommend this site, plus the camping fees helps fund the youth football team so your money is going to help the local community. We will definitely be back!

Lovely, peaceful campsite in a great location

This is a small and peaceful campsite, with well marked and good sized pitches, and a noise cut-off time of 11pm. The facilities are basic but clean with good hot showers. The sinks are small and the toilet block is a few minutes walk away from the campsite so be prepared! We ate at the Kings Arms in Paul and the Old Coastguard in Mousehole, both within walking distance. We would definitely come back.
Aug 8, 2020 by Helen

Great place for camping

The beautiful quiet place to stay near the football field. And the showers have really hot water which is awesome!

Comfortable Camping

The campsite was nice and spacious with excellent facilities. The showers and the toilets were in the football clubhouse with hot showers and clean toilets. Would stay here again.
Jul 11, 2020 by Sam C

Charming if basic

So much charm - lovely guy who runs it and we were thrilled to be away from the standard holiday home type park. Very quiet and fun that cricket games are just there- we had a great meal at the local pub as well. No electric hookup (yet!) or chemical waste etc but it was our favourie place!
Jun 2, 2019 by Anna Moody

Great campsight

We really enjoyed camping here, the facilities were all in the club house and very good. They now have pre marked camping pitches that are a good size. We really liked the location with Mousehall being a 20 minute walk away and a very good pub a 5 minute walk away.
Aug 15, 2018 by Sophie

Quiet, basic facilities but suitable for what you need. Good pub within walking distance. Walking distance from Mousehole although uphill back to site!

Spaces are not defined, we arrived back from the pub one evening to find ourselves surrounded by a large group in numerous tents large and small and the ‘communal’ eating area virtually at our back door! No respect for other campers ‘personal space’ which may have been avoided by clearly defined plots.
Jul 30, 2018 by Graham

Basic but adventurous camping in a good location

Our stay at Mousehole AFC was not with incident - despite it being the middle of summer the front of our tent was blown in, and the field just about held off becoming a paddy field at some points. We stayed for two weeks, and were very well looked after by the site manager Les. One problem was the lack of defined pitches in the busy period; it meant we had to move at one point just to have a decent amount of privacy. Loved the showers - very nice after a day's activity, and the location is great - easily reach stunning clifftop walks, beaches and coves.
Sep 4, 2017 by Dangermouse

Chilled out Cornwall

We were welcomed to the site by Les who turned up within a few minutes of contacting him and showed us where to pitch our tent, he gave us a quick run down of the local area and gave us some money off vouchers for local attractions. The shower facilities are within the football changing rooms and could cope fine with the amount of people staying on the site. The field was full with other campers and there was room to park the car next to our tent. There is a bar which is open in the evening with a pool table and table football, we made use of this as it was very damp during our stay. There was also a game on for one of the evenings which meant there was a great atmosphere in the bar as they have a good following. The campsite is in a great location with a nice walk down to Mousehole although we couldn't face the walk back up the hill so got the bus. It is just a short drive to Penzance, just a few minutes where there are a number of supermarkets. If you are looking for a decent, back to basics campsite on a small scale this place is perfect chilled out Cornwall- 'andsome!
Aug 22, 2016 by louloumatthews

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

Related Guides

See Campsites in Penzance

Book campsites near Mousehole Camping