Fowey, Cornwall


Fowey, Cornwall is a picturesque little town set on an ancient harbour and has been a bustling small port since the 5th century. Over the years, my family and I have enjoyed many holidays in this seaside town and it is a testament to the town as to why we keep coming back time and time again.

Things to do in Fowey

So what is there to do in this scenic town? Well let’s find out.

For those wanting to stretch their legs and be one with nature, there is the 4-mile Hall and Gribbon Head Walks (allow 2 hours). These walks have become a family tradition (in all weathers!) and the views alone are worth it.

Readymoney Cove is a nice little private dog friendly sandy beach but don’t expect to find any gold coins lying around! Other local attractions include the Fowey Museum, St Catherine’s Castle and the Fowey Aquarium.

For the shopaholics amongst us (namely my mother and sisters), there are lots of nice independent shops to explore offering thoughtful gift ideas and inspiration. The Webb Street Company sell a range of giftware from books to Christmas decorations, games, and arty things. Brocante and Noah’s Ark also sell a range of gifts so there are plenty of options for all the family.

If you are lucky enough to embark on your Fowey holiday during August, you won’t want to miss the Fowey Royal Regatta. The town really comes alive during a week of sailing and traditional land-based events including a Carnival procession, firework displays and ‘live’ music every night.

Places to eat and drink

After a long or short journey and you are settled into your accommodation, tummies will inevitably be rumbling so head out to the King of Prussia for Fish and Chips. In our family, this has become an annual tradition of eating our fishy favourite by the sea. However, I must warn you that the seagulls are always hovering so be on the lookout for those yellow beaks!

Another good place for seafood is Sam’s and, if a fish dish is not your preferred choice, they do rustle up a good steak. All ingredients are locally sourced, and did I mention that there is a cocktail bar? Happy days!

Following on from the savoury delights Fowey has to offer, we must mention the sweet stuff. Ruby’s offers very tasty Cornish ice cream however, if you want to upgrade your ice cream experience, look no further than the Game of Cones. Trust me you will not be disappointed, but I recommend going there on an empty stomach to really indulge in your favourite flavours.

You will never get tired of Fowey because, each time you visit, it will be like coming home, returning to familiar surroundings that hold so many memories. I would happily admit that Fowey holds a special place in my heart, as it has given me so many wonderful family holidays and I always return home rested and content. Enjoy travellers!

Written by Alice Holcombe