10 Things to Do in Fowey Cornwall

I think every sailor has their favourite anchorages, one on our list is definitely Fowey in Cornwall. We generally sail from the River Yealm to Fowey in one go and on average it takes us about 4 hours, although we did sail straight from Fowey to our home port once which took around 9 hours! That was far too long for the kiddies and puppy and will not be repeated! 


Fowey (pronounced Foy) is a waterside town in South Cornwall. From the edge of the water, you can see out over the river Fowey to Polruan, which is a lovely little village also well worth a visit.

Read: Polruan in Cornwall

The whole town is set on a hill and the main high street, shops and restaurants are all located at the bottom close to the harbour.

Fowey in Cornwall

10 Things to Do in Fowey


There are lots of great shops in Fore Street including Joules, Fat Face and Seasalt. As well as clothes shop there are also homeware shops, gift shops and or course chandleries. Our

Our daughters favourite shop is the one with the fairies in the window. It’s called Noah’s Ark and sells lots of lovely gifts and homeware products.


There are lots fo places to eat in Fowey including cafe’s, pubs and restaurants. One of our favourite places to eat is The Galleon Inn, the food is reasonable priced and tasty. It also overlooks the river.

We have also heard good things about the Lifebuoy Cafe.

Visit the Aquarium

Fowey aquarium is very small but still worth a visit, especially if you need to hide from the weather. It’s cheap to get in and the have some interesting things to look at. They also have a touch pool where you can handle the crabs and star fish.

Take a Boat Trip

There’s a selection of different boat trips that you can take including a Fowey harbour cruise, the Fowey picnic boat and an Encounter Cornwall trip. It really depends on what you are after and how much you wish to pay.

If you only fancy a short trip you can hop on the Polruan ferry, have a walk around and then hop back aboard to Fowey.

Go to the Beach

The beach is called Readymoney Cove. It’s a small, sandy beach with toilets and is sheltered on either side by the cliffs. Dogs are allowed on the beach but only at certain times of the year.

Visit St Catherine’s Castle

St Catherine’s Castle is located above Readymoney Cove and the views from the top are spectacular. It’s free entry to the castle and dogs are welcome on leads. Despite its name it’s not actually a castle but an artillery fort that was built for Henry VIII to protect the harbour.

St Catherine's Castle in Fowey in Cornwall

Sightseeing Tour

If you are tired of walking around then hop on the Fowey Town Tours ride. The tour takes you all over the town while the staff tell you about Fowey’s history. Each tour takes around 25 minutes.

You can find the tour at the town quay and you don’t need to book. They also have room for storing buggies and wheelchairs if needed.

Visit a Gallery or Museum

There are a few museums and galleries in Fowey including The Du Maurier Literary Centre, Fowey Museum and the Toe in the Water gallery.

Bodinnick Ferry

The Bodinnick ferry is a car and foot passenger ferry that travels from Fowey across the river to Bodinnick. Bodinnick is a riverside village in south-east Cornwall.  The ferry operates all year round with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.The ferry leaves every 10 – 15 minutes during operational hours.

The ferry leaves every 10 – 15 minutes during operational hours. The slipway for the ferry is located next to Caffa Mill car park in Fowey.

In the village, there is a pub called the Old Ferry Inn which has rooms and food.

Walk the South West Cast Path

The South West Coast Path runs along the entire length of Somerset, Devon, Cornwall & Dorset that’s 630 miles! It’s the longest national trail in the country. Obviously, we’re not saying you should walk it all but you can walk the Fowey section.

If you go to the South West Coast Path website you will find a selection of walks varying from easy to challenging. There are 10 walks to choose from in the Fowey area.

South West Coast Path Fowey Cornwall

10 things to do in Fowey Cornwall

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