This bustling port has a rich maritime heritage that thrives to this day. Art galleries, restaurants, and quaint shops line the narrow and winding streets, while the water buzzes with the activity of the harbour and its local sailing clubs.
The town is nestled to the west of the Fowey Estuary. You can wander the narrow streets dotted by medieval and Georgian buildings that overlook the river and take a trip on the water itself by boat. Here are some of the best things to do in and around Fowey during your visit.
The Coast and Beach
Take in the wonderful countryside, turquoise waters, wooded creeks and stunning coastal views along the South West Coast Path. Bustling with wildlife on every turn, a trip to Fowey is a great way to get out and about in the fresh air.
The surrounding beaches are a must, with Readymoney Cove among the finest. It sits near the estuary mouth and is bounded on one side by St Catherine’s Castle, a monument of the town’s medieval past. Other popular nearby spots include Par Sands, Polkerris, Poldidmouth Cove, Whitehouse Quay, Polruan Quay, Lantic Bay, and Lansallos.
The Eden Project
The world-famous Eden Project is just a stone’s throw away from Fowey. This fascinating visitor attraction boasts its own tropical rainforest and Mediterranean garden, both housed within giant biomes. You’ll get to marvel at rare plants that have been collected from diverse climates and environments from across the world.
Adrenaline junkies can get their fix on the Skywire, England’s longest zip wire, or climb to the top of the biomes on the rainforest canopy walkway. The Eden Project offers a fun day out for the whole family, hosting events throughout the year, with plenty of things to keep curious minds interested.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Take a subtropical journey through the Lost Gardens of Heligan and discover more than 200 acres of bamboo tunnels, rare wildlife, ancient woodlands, sculptures and more.
Rediscovered through a hidden door 25 years ago, it’s now one of the most romantic and loved gardens in the UK. There are 200 acres of gardens and estate to explore, with dogs welcome all year round.
St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre
Just a few miles up the road, our recently refurbished Visitor Centre reveals the secrets behind St Austell Brewery’s award-winning ales and 160-year-old brewing process, with tasters included. Hicks Bar is the ideal spot to grab a coffee after your tour, and don’t forget to pick up some treats from the gift shop.
Explore by boat
Take in the sights of the Fowey Estuary and Polruan with a boat trip from Town Quay, often passing 20th-century tall ships along the way. Or if you’re feeling active, enjoy a guided kayak tour or hire your very own boat. Fowey River Boat Hire will teach you everything you need to know to be able to navigate the river at your own leisure.
If you happen to be visiting us between August 14th-20th, you can enjoy the Fowey Regatta from the comfort of Havener’s Bar & Grill. The exciting week of events encompasses sailing and gig racing, live music and entertainment, fireworks, a carnival, and much more. You’ll want to come back for next year!