Fowey, a small yet very historic and scenic community at the mouth of the River Fowey, has given inspiration to many of the nation’s literary greats, stalwarts of freedom, and religious figures that still draw a strong following even up to the present day.
Enjoy a day or two exploring the historic sites as well as other Fowey attractions. It is best to stay in the area to really get under the skin of this magical destination. As a holiday town there are numerous hotels, guest houses, holiday homes and self catering cottages in Fowey. Enjoy the countless activities and thrilling adventures in the Fowey Harbor. However you want to spend your vacation in Fowey, it is guaranteed to be well worth it.
Follow the Steps of History on a Guided Walking Tour
The best way to really understand and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of Fowey is by taking a walk down its streets and alleyways, either on a guided tour or as a self-directed endeavor.
Visit the place where the famous Fowey Gallants were given the Royal license to attack and seize French vessels and other foreign ships in the English Channel at the height of the Hundred Years’ War. Explore why Fowey privateers such as Mark Mixtow and Sir Hugh Courtenay were bestowed such a privilege by the English monarchy.
Take a peek at the historic Polruan Blockhouse, the only one remaining of two blockhouses that were purposely built on both sides of the harbor entrance to protect the area from French naval attacks.
Explore the marvelous facade of the Place House that provided another defensive position for the defenders of Fowey against French colonial troops. Although partially destroyed during the attacks in 1457, the structure itself has undergone several reconstructions and remodeling throughout the centuries that followed.
Take some time exploring the ruins of the once-might and elegant St. Catherine’s Castle. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the 15th century structure, built with the purpose of defending English soil against the Holy Roman Empire and France.
Discover Why Fowey is any Artist’s Great Inspiration
Fowey’s naturally pristine harbor and strategic location makes it an ideal place to find inspiration and meaning among artists and writers both then and now. The town’s literary geniuses include the well-known single-letter, pseudonym-welding British writer Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch. Q, Quiller-Couch’s penname, is largely known for his The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900 masterpiece.
Visit the home of world-renowned playwright and author Dame Daphne du Maurier whose “Rebecca” won the Oscar Best Picture Award in 1941 as a film adaptation. Or consider getting a glimpse of The Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame.
Take time to visit the Fowey Museum and be inspired with its collection of local art as well as artifacts that tell of the story of Fowey’s historied past. Although small by contemporary standards, it nevertheless draws visitors from all walks of life.
Truth to be Told Among Believers
Explore the scenic landscape of Fowey and judge for yourself whether to believe in the popular legend that Jesus once visited Fowey together with Joseph of Arimathea. The legend has drawn many visitors who are either faithful followers of Christian living or curious knowledge-seekers. The story is made more real by the presence of a cross, locally known as Punches Cross, at the Fowey River entrance.
For the devout, a visit to the Fowey Parish Church is a must. Built in the early parts of the 14th century, the church was erected as a dedication to Saint Finbarr. Although it was destroyed by the French in the Hundred Years’ War, it was nonetheless restored by the Earl of Warwick in 1460.
Have Fun in Fowey
Fowey Harbor showcases a variety of fun-filled watersport activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing, wake boarding, sailing, and kayaking among others. Spend the whole day at the Readymoney Beach, the Polkerris Beach, or the Polridmouth Cove. Or you can cruise around the harbor on any of the vessels of Fowey Picnic Boat.
Although diminutive compared to other tourist attractions in Cornwall, Fowey has just the right combination of rich cultural heritage, religious sites, and inspiring scenery to draw throngs of tourists and vacationers.
Learn more about Fowey at https://www.visitcornwall.com/places/fowey