Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the town hangs off the west side of the Fowey estuary where the large, deep water harbour is a magnet for sailing fans. As you walk the ever narrowing streets of the old town where mediaeval and Georgian buildings cast shadows over each other, a vibrant maritime history comes to life.
Lining the main Fore Street you will find many small, independent shops selling unusual gifts, artwork, clothing and books. If you’re a foodie then Fowey is home to many bistros, cafes and restaurants where you’ll find menus offering the best in local produce – Fowey River mussels are a highlight.
Reasons to visit Fowey
- It is simply breathtaking and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- The beautiful Mediaeval and Georgian buildings
- Vibrant maritime history
- Independent shops
- Wonderful tea rooms and harbour front pubs
Things to do in Fowey
- Get an overview of the town and the beautiful harbour with a stroll out along the Esplanade passing the grand parade of Edwardian and Victorian houses to the medieval St Catherine’s Castle which looks out over the harbour entrance and Readymoney Cove
- See the town from the water with a trip on board one of the pleasure boats that regularly depart from the Town Quay steps. Cruises take you upriver past the docks, where you will see huge china clay ships being loaded with cargo, and out to sea taking in the best views of the town
- Fowey Museum in the town centre holds an interesting collection recording Fowey’s rich and varied history. Includes the Daphne DuMaurier collection, Mayoral Regalia, costumes, old photographs, models of old sailing ships and postcards
- Fowey’s most famous resident was Daphne du Maurier who lived and wrote about the area. References to her work can be found everywhere in and around the town.
- Dedicated to St Finbar who passed through Fowey early in the 6th century, the magnificent St Fimbarras church was rebuilt in 1460 by the Earl of Warwick after being destroyed by French marauders. Situated in the heart of the town it is generally open to visitors during the day
- Pop into the charmingly old fashioned Fowey Aquarium on the Town Quay where you can literally get in touch with local sea creatures in the petting pool. A great nostalgic fishy fix
- Take the passenger ferry across the harbour to Polruan and visit to the spectacular cliff side Headland Garden. Open on Thursday afternoons from 14.00 until 18.00/May to August. Admission is £3.00 for Adults and £1 for children. Cream teas are served in the garden. No dogs
- Take to the water yourself on an escorted river trip in an open cockpit canoe, perfect for observing the abundant river wildlife and a real adventure even if you’re a total novice
- There are many fantastic coastal and woodland walks around the area including The Hall Walk
Useful Fowey links
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