Fowey

Fowey

  • Home of the Daphne du Maurier Festival
  • Excellent accommodation
  • River trips
  • Beautiful walks

Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fowey is an exporting port for china clay and as such you may see the ships making their way in and out of the harbour.Fowey is an ancient harbour town built on a hill; as a result the roads in Fowey are narrow and steep, there are many steps and little in the way of pavements. Although Fowey offers plenty of parking it is limited in the centre of the town. Best advice is to park at the top and walk down...

The town boasts an excellent selection of quality shops and galleries, many exhibiting local works. If you are looking for refreshment be it a pint, a cream tea, fish and chips, a family meal or a gourmet dinner for a special occasion, then there is something to suit all tastes in Fowey.

On the Fowey side of the harbour entrance, in medieval times, the chapel of St Catherine stood on the cliff top and a light was kept burning as a Lighthouse. Now all that remains is the fort below, built in the reign of Henry VIII to defend the harbour entrance. The fort, St Catherine“s Castle, is accessible on foot from Readymoney Cove and entry is free.

Born on the 13th May 1907 Daphne du Maurier was the second daughter of Sir Gerald du Maurier and the grand daughter of George du Maurier. The du Mauriers visited Cornwall for holidays throughout Daphne“s childhood, but it was not until 1926 that the family decided to look for a second home there. Arriving in Bodinnick-by-Fowey from Looe, Daphne, her mother and her two sisters discovered Ferryside, the house that was to become their home.

Daphne loved Cornwall and spent time at Ferryside whenever she could, it was there that she wrote her first novel The Loving Spirit...

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Fowey and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

There are many ferry and boat trips running from the harbour including a car ferry on the outskirts of Fowey which crosses over to Bodinnick.

Polruan and Mevagissey passenger ferries and Guided River Trips also run. There are two trips available both lasting about three hours with around one hour ashore. There are only a few of these trips each year and advance booking for these trips is essential, the dates and contact details can be found in our events guide.

i) The Wind in the Willows River Trip to Lerryn is accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide who will provide information not only on the subject of the trip but also the sights along the way.

ii) The Stannary Cruise to Lostwithiel - a trip up the river to Lostwithiel where you will be met by a Blue Badge Guide for a tour of the town.

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