Hayle, in Cornish, Heyl, is a historic town on Cornwall's north coast situated on the estuary of the Hayle River.
The Hayle you see today, dates from the 18th century but there has been activity on this site since the Bronze Age when traders used the port for its safe anchorage.
Hayle is named after the Cornish word for estuary 'heyl'.
Bird watching enthusiasts will find much to interest them here with an abundance of wading birds and waterfowl. There is an RSPB Wildlife Reserve with hide located close to the town.
Botanists can enjoy the diversity of wild flowers which grow on the sand dunes (known locally as towans)and their hinterland such as pyramidal orchids and balm-leaved figwort.
Hayle in History
Hayle is famous for its association with the Cornish industry of mining. It was an important port for the exporting of copper ore in the 19th Century. Equally famous for engineering,the Harvey family had a foundry in Hayle from the 1770s.
Where to Stay in Hayle
Hayle town centre has a full range of facilities including banks, Post Office, supermarkets and a wide variety of small specialist shops.
A wide variety of accommodation for holiday makers and business travellers is available.
ATM / Cash Point in Hayle
There are six free to use 24 hour cash facilities in Hayle and four which charge to use them.
The cash points with no charge are at:
3 Foundry Square, Hayle TR27 4HJ
23 Foundry Square, Hayle TR27 4HR
13 Penpol Terrace, Hayle TR27 4BQ
2 Chapel Terrace, Foundary Square, Hayle TR27 4AB
27 Fore Street, Hayle TR27 4DX
18 Copper Terrace, Hayle TR27 4EB
Tourist Information Centre is located at Hayle Library.
Tel: +44 (0)1736 754399
Easter until October
Daily 9am - 6pm
Closed Thur, Sat (From 12:30pm) Sun
For Library opening times see our Hayle Community Information page.
Located in West Cornwall, Hayle is easily accessible from the A30. Hayle Station provides a rail link with other parts of Cornwall and is on the main line from London and the North.
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