Top 10 Free Things to do in Fowey, England

May 22, 2022 Lashaunda Abraham

Fowey (/ˈfɔɪ/ ( listen) FOY; Cornish: Fowydh, meaning 'Beech Trees') is a small town, civil parish and cargo port at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The town has been in existence since before 1300; the estuary of the River Fowey forms a natural harbour which enabled the town to become an important trading centre. Privateers also made use of the sheltered harbourage. The Lostwithiel and Fowey Railway brought China clay here for export.
Restaurants in Fowey

1. South West Coast Path Walk - Creeks and Coves: Bodinnick, Polruan and Fowey

Bodinnick Car Park, Fowey PL23 1DF England +44 1752 896237 [email protected] http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/46/
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5.0 based on 43 reviews

South West Coast Path Walk - Creeks and Coves: Bodinnick, Polruan and Fowey

This 6 mile walk on the South West Coast path takes in wonderful countryside, wooded creeks and stunning coastal views.There is a wealth of historical and literary interest as well as plenty of opportunities for refreshments. Add two short ferry rides to make a great day out.

2. Fowey Estuary

Fowey England +44 1726 833616 http://www.fowey.co.uk/activities-and-attractions/walking
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4.5 based on 738 reviews

Fowey Estuary

Reviewed By PJaneS - Bath, United Kingdom

Fowey is delightful, busy in the summer and popular with tourists, but absolutely charming. Wander up and down (steeply) to get there, enjoying the views and the old buildings. Potter along to Readymoney Cove (and view houses of celebrities!) or take the ferry to Polruan. Or sit and watch the traffic up and down the estuary and watch the world go by with a coffee or an ice cream or a Cornish Pasty!

38 Fore Street, Fowey PL23 1AQ England +44 1726 833828 [email protected] http://www.foweyrivergallery.co.uk/main.php?rd=&x=&bid=
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Fowey River Gallery

Reviewed By SteveB316 - Fowey, United Kingdom

Love the variety and quality on offer here, easily the best retail shop in Fowey. Love the Suzie Marsh things but there is so much more on offer, you just need to make sure you look round.

4. Gribbin Head

Nr Menabilly Barton, Fowey PL24 2TN England http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wra-1356295316908/view-page/item379303/
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Gribbin Head

5. South West Coast Path - St Catherine's Castle, Fowey

Coombe National Trust Car Park, Fowey PL23 1HW England +44 1752 896237 [email protected] http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/647
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

South West Coast Path - St Catherine's Castle, Fowey

A short 2.6 mile walk on the South West Coast Path around a strategic headland on the River Fowey, used to defend the estuary and harbour for over 2000 years. With terrific sea views, the walk passes a castle built by Henry VIII modified during the Crimean War and Second World War. It also visits 2 small, secluded coves before heading up a woodland path past Daphne du Maurier's 'Manderley'.

Reviewed By SimonG531 - Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Walked the South West Coast path from Fowey to Polkerris and took in St Catherine's Castle as part of the walk - well worth the stop to view these ruins.

6. Fowey Parish Church

Church Ave The Vicarage, Fowey PL23 1BU England +44 1726 833091 http://www.foweyparishchurch.org/
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Fowey Parish Church

Reviewed By ChirpyLass - Berkeley, United Kingdom

This church is stunning and well worth a visit. Beautiful setting and lovely slice of history in a beautiful little town.

7. St Catherine's Castle

3/4 mile from Readymoney Cove car park, Fowey PL23 1JD England +44 117 975 0700 http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/st-catherines-castle/
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4.0 based on 141 reviews

St Catherine's Castle

Reviewed By PaulM13324

Castle is not huge but has great views of the River Fowey and across to Polruan. You definitely need walking shoes as the path can be muddy. Readymoney Cove is a quaint spot with a nice little beach. Main observation is that once you leave the car park, directional signs to the castle appear to be non existent. Keep an eye out for the English Heritage flag which gives you an idea of where you need to go. Also, it would have been helpful to have some more info boards at the castle to show how the ruins may have looked originally and to explain what the remains are.

8. The Du Maurier Literary Centre

5 South St,, Fowey PL23 1BQ England +44 1726 833619 http://www.fowey.co.uk/activities-and-attractions/fowey-tourist-information-and-du-maurier-literary-centre-p1139333
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4.0 based on 23 reviews

The Du Maurier Literary Centre

9. Saints Way

Tywardreath, Fowey England http://www.visitcornwall.com/things-to-do/south-cornwall/north-cornwall/saints-way-trail-padstow-to-fowey
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4.0 based on 18 reviews

Saints Way

Reviewed By K567 - Cambridge, United Kingdom

We walked the Fowey to Polkerris part of The Saints Way and carried on the SW coastal.path to make it a good 7 mile circular walk. The paths on this stretch are well marked but I recommend googling Gribbin Head walk. This circular walk is listed on the SW Coastal Path website and contains a detailed OS map and instructions which is useful as some signs simply have arrows or public footpath, as opposed to The Saints Way'. We walked it on a mixed weather day but it was still really enjoyable, with great views, particularly if you combine it with the coastal path. I loved that the paths throughout are cordoned off from any livestock (taking the detour around to Gribbin Head) and were good underfoot - potential for being a bit slippy near Fowey but not too bad really with reasonable footwear. Undulating but not overly strenuous. Lovely!

10. The Galleon Inn

12 Fore Street, Fowey PL23 1AQ England +44 1726 833014 http://www.galleon-inn.com
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4.0 based on 49 reviews

The Galleon Inn

Reviewed By 700hayleyt - Wells, United Kingdom

Lovely pub we found it along a corridor between the shops and what a hidden gem. Stunning view, excellent pub with great food and drink highly recommended.

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