What to do and see in Fowey, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

March 10, 2018 Augustus Redeker

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. Fowey Estuary

Fowey, England +44 1726 833616
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4.5 based on 590 reviews

Fowey Estuary

Reviewed By SomersetStephen - Somerset, England

The estuary is very pretty with mainly wooded banks.
There are walks on either side of the estuary and also a circular route involving two Ferries.
The estuary is exposed and can get quite windy.
In the Summer months you can get a ferry to Mevagissy.
Plenty of places to eat.

2. Fowey Aquarium

Town Quay, Fowey PL23 1AT, England +44 7815 840467
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4.5 based on 248 reviews

Fowey Aquarium

Reviewed By Phil D - Tenby, United Kingdom

Lovely aquarium which kept our 5 year old son entertained whilst waiting for the ferry. The staff / owners where really knowledgable and really made an effort. The fact that he could touch some of the exhibits really made it. We've now spent the afternoon rock pooling!

3. Bodinnick Ferry

Slipway next to Caffa Mill Car Park, Fowey PL23 1DF, England +44 1726 870232
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4 based on 214 reviews

Bodinnick Ferry

Reviewed By shep-pc - Bristol

Even in October it was running backward & forwards every 10 mins , £4.80 each way but better than trying to park in fowey foot passengers cheaper, saves alot of miles & quicker to get places

4. Polruan Ferry

East Street | Polruan-by-Fowey, Fowey PL23 1PB, England +44 1726 870232
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Polruan Ferry

Reviewed By Rendatwo - Hythe, United Kingdom

Dogs allowed and when we visited wait was no longer than 10 minutes.
Cost £2 a head and 40p for the dog.
This meant we could leave the car in Polruan and go on foot.
I would imagine high season would be very busy.
Check the website for time of service which change between summer and winter.

5. St Catherine's Castle

3/4 mile from Readymoney Cove car park, Fowey PL23 1JD, England +44 117 975 0700
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4 based on 99 reviews

St Catherine's Castle

Reviewed By Annie W

How stunning the views are from here a vista looking over Fowey and across to Polruan. Interesting History as it was built by Henry theV111 and supervised by Thomas Treffry one of a strong Fowey family. Although now in disrepair it obviously held great significance at that time. Other than the fabulous views and the castle itself there is also a mausoleum built by the Rashleigh family of point Neptune. Views also to The Gribbin day marker. Walking on to Menabilly or Polkerris or back to Fowey. In the summer months a lovely beach cafe has opened below on Readymoney beach. Excellent coffee sandwiches cakes pasties sandwiches etc.

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

Bodinnick Car Park, Fowey PL23 1DF, England +44 1752 896237
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5 based on 35 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.

Reviewed By GrumpsDC - Cheltenham, United Kingdom

This is not one of the tougher parts of the SWCP, but it offers some pleasant walking with pretty good views. And both Polruan and Fowey offer very good opportunities for refreshment.

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

Coombe National Trust Car Park, Fowey PL23 1HW, England +44 1752 896237
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4.5 based on 30 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 foxylancs - lancs

Lovely walk but step climb up. Views were amazing and if you continue on SW coast path you arrive at Polridmouth cove which is quiet but a lovely spot for swimming and sunbathing. No facilities so take a packed lunch and drinks.

38 Fore Street, Fowey PL23 1AQ, England +44 1726 833828
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Fowey River Gallery

Reviewed By TravellinLight3 - London, United Kingdom

Like your other reviewers we always visit Fowey River Gallery when we are in the area, they have a great selection of intresting items including locally made products items. Recently, we mailed them about some Christmas decorations which we purchased last year. Not only were...MoreThank you very much for your review. I have passed your comments on to Rebecca. We do hope that the Christmas decorations you have purchased will bring you pleasure and bring back good memories of your visit to Fowey when you decorate your tree.

9. The Du Maurier Literary Centre

5 South St,, Fowey PL23 1BQ, England +44 1726 833619
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4 based on 23 reviews

The Du Maurier Literary Centre

Reviewed By Vickity1983 - Weymouth, United Kingdom

A well stocked card/gift type shop with a Tourist Information Centre thrown in.
I'm not to sure how it can claim to be 'The Du Maurier Literary Centre' - being a HUGE fan I was left a little disappointed :( they do however sell her works in hardback and paperback along side Poldark bits and pieces.

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