"Five years old, and Mullion Cove....Ten years old and Kennock sands.....Nineteen years old
and the first sight of Fowey Harbour."
Daphne du Maurier
A historic port with a magnificent natural harbour, Fowey (pronounced Foy) has flourished since the 14h century. It was then home to a cosmopolitan community of shipbuilders, seafarers and merchants trading in Cornish tin and French wine. Over 700 years later, Fowey is once again one of England's busiest ports due to its china clay exports and busy yachting harbour.
Fowey's waterfront and town centre is a place where narrow streets jostle for space near old wharves and quays. The best way to enjoy your visit to Fowey is strolling on the esplanade, relaxing on Fowey's Town Quay or taking a river cruise or boat trip. For historic houses in Fowey head to Fore Street. Here you'll find some medieval merchants' houses known as the Old House of Foye and Noah's Ark. Other attractions in Fowey include the Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre, St. Fimbarrus' Church and the Fowey Museum. Just outside Fowey, St. Catherine's Castle is picturesquely located overlooking the water. It is accessible via a footpath from the beautiful horseshoe bay of Readymoney Cove.
Heritage Coast & Fowey Estuary
Fowey lies in an Area of Outstanding Beauty and provides excellent country for walking and the pursuit of other outdoor activities. A rugged coastline, tranquil creeks and waterside villages all contribute to making exploring this part of the heritage coast a delight. You can take a short walk between the Fowey Esplanade and Readymoney Cove (¾ mile) or a longer walk to Gribbin's Head. The scenery between Readymoney Cove and Gribbin's Head is simply outstanding. At Gribbin Head, you'll also see the 84 foot daymark which was erected by mariners in 1832. From here you can continue on the Southwest Coast Path which heads to Polkerris and around St Ausell Bay.
Fowey : Sightseeing and Attractions
A working studio by the water's edge, Constables Studio is housed in the Old Police Station and Jail. You can visit the staircase gallery and browse through an eclectic range of work in a passageway that once took prisoners to their cells. Constables Studio specialises in watercolours, oils and pastels and is inspired by themes ranging from Daphne du Maurier's Fowey, the Hallwalk and Polruan to nudes, seashells and landscapes. The studio features works by Jan Stokes, Derek Hughes and Tania Taylor.
Address: The Old Police Station, 44, North Street, Fowey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL23 1DD Street Map
Contact: PH +44 (0) 1726 832 579
|St. Catherine's Castle|
A small blockhouse built by Henry VIII to defend Fowey's Harbour, St. Catherine's Castle is accessible from Readymoney Cove. The short trek to the top is worth the effort simply for the fantastic views you'll get over the Fowey Estuary. .. more
Admission: Free entry
Address: St Catherine's Point, Fowey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL2 1JH Street Map
|St Fimbarrus Church|
A 15th century building, Fowey's Parish Church is dedicated to St. Finn Barr. On your visit, you'll see the 15th century tower and wagon roof and a pulpit carved from a former Spanish galleon. .. more
Address: St Fimbarrus' Church, Fowey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL23 1BU Street Map
Contact: PH (01726) 833535
|Daphne du Maurier Literary Festival|
A yearly event in the 2nd and 3rd weeks of May, the Daphne du Maurier Festival is set in the lovely Fowey Port. Always proud of its literary hero, Fowey celebrates its Daphne du Maurier connection with a range of festivities from drama, music and art to guided walks, lectures and concerts. The du Maurier family home still lies on Ferryside but it was Menabilly (which she once rented), a ghostly mansion that found its way into Rebecca with the opening line, “Last night i dreamt i went to Manderley” . If you miss the festival but would like to find out more about her relationship with Fowey, you can take a Daphne du Maurier Guided Walk conducted by the Blue Badge Guides or take a tour on the Daphne du Maurier open top bus service. Find out more about these tours at the Fowey Tourist Information Centre
|Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre|
The inspiration and home of many a well-known writer, Fowey honours its artists with an exhibition displaying its literary heritage. Although Daphne du Maurier actually grew up in London, she made frequent visits to Cornwall in her childhood, wrote and lived in Fowey. A celebrated writer, Daphne du Maurier inspired Alfred Hitchcock to convert two of her works "Rebecca" and "The Birds" into films while her nostalgic work, "Vanishing Cornwall" led her to become one of the area's best loved writers. The Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre celebrates Dame Daphne in a short video of her life and work and exhibits displays featuring how the historic Port of Fowey inspired the author's works. The centre includes displays on other writers inspired by Fowey such as Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, Kenneth Grahame and Leo Walmsley. On your visit, you'll also be able to see a short video on the Port of Fowey and a promotional film about Fowey in the 20th century.
Address: 5 South Street, Fowey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL23 1AR Street Map
Contact: PH +44 (0)1726 833616 / 833619
Housed in the 15th century Fowey Town Hall, the Fowey Museum details the exciting history of this port town. Always intimately connected to the sea, Fowey's past is riddled with raids by the French and Spanish and illustrious visitors such as Sir Francis Drake, Captain Cook and Sir Walter Raleigh. On display you'll see maritime and medieval artefacts, ship models, civic regalia as well as paintings and old photographs depicting the life and times of Fowey's sailors, fishermen and ferrymen in bygone years. The Fowey Museum is open on weekdays between Easter and September from 10am to 5pm.
Address: Town Hall, Fowey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL23 1AY Street Map
Contact: PH 01726 833513
|Fowey Tourist Information Centre|
A one-stop shop for all your needs, the Fowey Tourist Information is the place to book accommodation and tickets for attractions such as the Eden Project, walks and boat trips around Fowey or buy maps and local guides.
Address: 5,South Street, Fowey, Cornwall
Postcode: PL 2 1AR Street Map
Contact: PH +44 (0)1726 833 616
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