Welcome to Fowey – Top Five Experiences

Probably one of the prettiest fishing ports in Cornwall, Fowey has a quaint but vibrant atmosphere, perfect for those who seek picturesque walking routes, independent shops, and a fix of historical intrigue. Fowey’s shops and galleries tumble down to the water, where estuary adventures begin. 

From swimming at Readymoney Cove to exploring Henry VIII’s cliff top castle, there are a wealth of things to do in Fowey. Read on to discover just a handful of  treasures you’ll stumble across in this coastal town.


1. Take to the water 

A water lovers paradise, Readymoney Cove, Fowey Estuary and the nearby beaches promise a plethora of sea-salt adventures.  Readymoney is a sheltered, sandy beach with rock pools galore. It can be accessed by foot from the town or car park and is flanked by St Catherine’s castle on one side, and the former home of Daphne Du Maurier on the other. 

For a memorable day in Fowey, see the area from a different perspective; Encounter Cornwall offer a ‘Creeks and Backwater’ canoeing tour. Wind through The Wind and the Willows creek and spot wildlife as you paddle. For more salt-water fun, nearby Polkerris beach is fantastic for water sports; learn to sail, windsurf or paddle board on a breathtaking stretch of coastline. 

Where to stay: Little Polkerris



2. Experience Fowey’s foodie scene

Savour the flavour of the sea in Fowey. If eating out is on your agenda, you will delight in the town where seafood restaurants pepper the wiggling streets.

Formally at Trevibban Mill Vineyard near Padstow, the much anticipated Appleton’s Bar and Restaurant is moving to Fowey. Andy and Lyndsey Appleton source the best seasonal ingredients, adding a contemporary twist to rustic Italian dishes, and will be happy to see you when doors open in March 2020.

Where to stay: Admiral House


3. Walk The Saints Way

The Saints Way leads walkers all the way up to Padstow on the north coast – a beautiful – albeit lengthy – trek! However you can reach the nature reserve of Helman Tor in just a few hours, which has far reaching, 360 views of both coasts on a clear day. What a place for a picnic!

Where to stay: Lantic Barn


4. Day trip with the dog 

If there’s anything better that visiting Fowey, it has to be heading there with your canine companion. For a beach where your dog is just as welcome as you are, pack a picnic and head to Polridmouth Cove.

A 15 minute drive west of Fowey will take you to the grass car park, where you pay by putting 50 pence into the honesty milk churn on the stroll down to the beach. The cove is blissfully secluded, so you and your pooch can enjoy the breathtaking coastline, far from the summer crowds.

Other dog friendly attractions and eateries include Restormel Castle, Haveners Bar and Grill, Appleton’s and the quirky cafe Pink Murphy’s.

Where to stay: Inches Quay


5. History and Culture

Full of Maritime history and creative flair, Fowey’s coves and castles have a story to tell. Well worth a visit is the cliff top castle built in the  1530’s by Henry VIII. St Catherine’s Castle  demonstrates the development of military tactics over hundreds of years and makes for an interesting day out.

For bookworms and music lovers, Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature (8th – 16th May 2020) sees authors, musicians and writers put on a show across the beautiful stage of Fowey. The festival is inspired by famed writer Daphne Du Maurier, who lived in a cottage above the cove.

Where to stay: The Willows

If, like us, you can’t wait to explore this charming corner of Cornwall, experience the joy of Fowey from the luxury comfort of a Cornish Gem. To view all of our properties in Fowey, click here and get plotting your holiday highlife.