Located in Southern Cornwall, at the mouth of the River Fowey, Fowey is a small town with a lot of character. The historic town is well known for its natural harbour and friendly atmosphere. But, did you know that Fowey has also been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? In fact, we’ll bet there’s quite a lot you didn’t know about the town. To help you discover all that this fantastic little town has to offer, keep reading for our selection of the best things to do in Fowey.
With a fascinating selection of local and native fish, the Fowey Aquarium provides visitors with a unique insight into the marine life found along the Cornish coastline. The majority of the fish on display have been obtained by local fishermen, before being brought to the aquarium and put on display for the public. The aquarium’s touch pool receives a great deal of interest from visitors and encourages learning and participation from younger children. If you want to experiment with a home aquarium then you’ll find a selection of hand nets, crab nets and a range of fishing gear available on sale at the aquarium.
Price: Adults £3, children (3-13 years) £3, family of two adults and one child £7 and a family of two adults and two children £9. Please note that the aquarium cannot take payment via credit or debit card.
Opening times: Open April to May from 10am until 4pm, June to July from 10am until 5pm, August 10am until late and September to October 10.30am until 4pm. Please not that during April the aquarium is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Located just eight miles from Fowey you’ll find Restormel Castle, a majestic 13th-century castle with spectacular views and an intriguing history. Enclosed within the principle rooms visitors will discover the original circle shell keep, whereas outside they can marvel at the original Norman mound upon which the castle stands. There are vending machines available at the castle selling hot drinks and an on-site shop which offers a selection of snacks. Alternatively, there are numerous picnic spots throughout the grounds for those who prefer to bring their own food. As well as welcoming visitors of all ages, Restormel Castle also welcomes dogs, although owners must ensure they are kept on a lead at all times.
Price: The following prices are inclusive of Gift Aid. English Heritage members go free, adults £4.20, concessions £3.80, children (5-15years) £2.50, children under five go free and family tickets for two adults and up to three children are available for £10.90.
Opening times: Opening times vary depending on the time of year. Please see website for more details; www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/restormel-castle/prices-and-opening-times
Contact: 01208 872687; www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/restormel-castle
Fowey River Hire
As the first company to offer guided canoe expeditions in Cornwall, Fowey River Hire is the perfect choice for anyone looking to spend an afternoon on the River Fowey. Visitors are encouraged to see the river from new angles as they glide over the water in a stable, open cockpit canoe. Guests will be treated to dazzling views of Fowey, the surrounding villages and the Cornish coastline, as well as glimpses of the area’s wildlife. For those planning on taking part in a river tour, it is advised to wear casual clothes, canvas or deck shoes, and to bring along a waterproof if the weather looks questionable.
Price: Guided experiences lasting four to five hours are available for £30 per person; children under three go free and all children less than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Summer twilight tours and the two hour docks and harbour tours are available for £23 per person; again all children less than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Opening times: Trips are run daily between July and September, with summer twilight tours only available during the summer holidays. Tour times vary throughout the day so we advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
St Catherine’s Castle
Built by Henry VII in the 1530’s to defend Fowey Harbour, St Catherine’s Castle has proudly overlooked the Cornish coast for centuries. The castle is one of two artillery forts built by Henry VII. It was modified during the 19th century for both the Second World War and the Crimean War, when it was used to house anti-aircraft guns and ammunition. To reach the castle, visitors must follow the path from the car park, along the coast and through the woodland. The path is just under one mile long and perfect for dog walkers, although please keep in mind that dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
Price: Entry to the castle is free but there is a small charge for using the Cornwall County Council managed car park.
Opening times: Open to visitors all year round, you can access the castle during reasonable, daylight hours.
Contact: 03703 331181; www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/st-catherines-castle
No more than a 15 minute car ride from Fowey is one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist attractions, the instantly recognisable Eden Project. With its huge Biomes, stunning gardens and creative ways of recycling, the Eden Project offers something for the whole family. Journeying through the Mediterranean Biome, visitors will be greeted with all the sights, sounds and smells of the Med as they discover a variety of plants commonly found in the Mediterranean, South Africa and California. Once you’ve finished in the Biome there is still a lot more to discover; from The Eden Kitchen Restaurant to the WEEE Man, and from The Core to the outdoor gardens, you can easily spend the whole day here.
Price: Adults £25, concessions £20, children (6-16 years) £14, children under five go free and family tickets are available from £69. Remember to book online for a 10% discount.
Opening times: Vary by time of year; remember to check www.edenproject.com/visit/before-you-visit before visiting.
Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary
Three miles from Fowey is the fantastic Wingz Brid and Animal Sanctuary. This exciting attraction is home to a wonderful variety of birds and mammals including owls, cockatoos, meerkats, cranes, marmosets and even an African grey parrot. For a lunch time treat, guests can visit the small shop, which is open every day, selling light refreshments, sandwiches and ice-cream. Alternatively, visit during the weekend and sample the hot food available from Waffles Coffee Shop. Although dogs are not allowed in the Sanctuary, you can still bring them along as on the grounds you’ll find a secure kennel with plenty of shade and fresh water available.
Price: Adults £6.50, concessions £5.50, children (3-16years) £4.50 and family tickets for two adults and up to three children are available for £21. If you would like to purchase a seasonal pass these cost £10.
Opening times: The sanctuary is open Sunday to Thursday during February half term, Sundays only in March, Sunday to Thursday from March 29th until September 30th, Sunday to Thursday during the October half term and Sundays only for the rest of October.
If Fowey has piqued your interest then why not book one of our Fowey holiday cottages and spend a week discovering this charming town for yourself? With plenty of cottages to choose from within a 10 mile radius of the town, we’re sure to have a cottage that suits your style and budget.