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Holidays in Fowey

A popular spot for sailing, picturesque Fowey is a perfect holiday destination

Boats in the harbour at Fowey

Whether you’re hopping into a boat from Town Quay to venture across the water, or wandering along Fore Street to browse quaint shops, galleries and eateries, Fowey is a perfect holiday destination for families, couples and groups. Marvel at the history of this quaint port town, explore the fabulous gardens or get your blood pumping with high-adrenalin activities such as England's fastest zip wire.

With its deep water harbour, Fowey has long been a popular spot for sailing. Many boat trips also run from the town to Cornwall hotspots such as Polruan and Mevagissey. Keen walkers may wish to venture along the South West Coast Path. From Fowey, you can access routes through Bodinnick and Polruan, passing azure water, rocks and an array of wildlife.

Lantic Bay near Fowey

For a beach day, Fowey is in a prime location near some of Cornwall’s most tranquil swimming spots. Visit Par Sands, Polkerris, Readymoney Cove, Lantic Bay or Landsallos Beach for a day in the sunshine.

Visiting with family? Fowey Aquarium offers a traditional day out and features displays of beautiful local marine life. After this, if you want to get away from the crowds, try award-winning Hidden Valley Gardens , an intimate garden spanning 3 acres. To get the blood pumping, why not try England's longest and fastest zip wire. See the Eden Project from above as you fly over at speed with Hangloose Adventure . If you’d like to explore Fowey’s fascinating heritage, pay a visit to St Catherine’s Castle . Set above the rugged Cornwall coastline, the castle is one of a pair of small artillery forts built in the 1530s to defend Fowey Harbour. This is a perfect place to stop for a picnic on a sunny day. Need to pick up some ingredients for your lunch? Fowey’s town centre is packed full of delis and shops selling Cornish cheeses, meats and chutneys.

We can’t discuss Fowey without mentioning food. Eclectic eatery the King of Prussia is set on the quay, in the town’s bustling centre. Tuck into the Prussia’s freshly baked filled ciabatta breads, baked jacket potatoes or full meals including slow-cooked pork belly or chargrilled tuna steak. The menu is truly outstanding. To sample the local delicacy, Fowey River mussels, be sure to visit The Lugger Inn in Polruan.

“In the pretty town of Fowey, discover quirky shops in its narrow streets, a magnificent harbour and coastal walks.”

For a slice of homemade cake or incredible homemade soup, visit The Lifebuoy Cafe . As well as traditional breakfasts, such as the Fatbuoy breakfast, you can try their daily bagels, crab cakes and savoury Cornish teas. Or push the boat out and try a chocolate cream tea! With a kitsch design and welcoming staff, this cafe is well worth a visit.

Fowey’s perfect location on the Cornwall coastline means you can easily venture to nearby towns and villages. If you are exploring out of the area, you’re not too far from Polruan, St Austell, Mevagissey and Lostwithiel.

While you’re there

Brown Sugar Cafe

Open every day until 4-5pm depending on demand, great food and drink is an art form here.

Bird Lady of Fowey

With all manner of birds of prey, book your own private experience or just watch the lady herself.

Readymoney Beach

A sheltered beach that is perfect for fun family days out by the sea.

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