things to do in fowey

Things to do in Fowey

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From the beautiful Polperro Heritage Coast to imposing St Catherine’s Castle, there are many great things to do in Fowey. 

Enjoying a prime position on the Fowey Estuary in South Cornwall, this bustling port town promises to be an exceptional location for families, couples, walkers and those alike. Those visiting Fowey can look forward to scenic coastal walks, indoor attractions and wild swimming spots!

Beaches in Fowey

For things to do in Fowey, a visit to one of the nearby beaches is a must. The closest beach to the centre of the port town is Whitehouse beach, which offers a superb opportunity for families to paddle in the seawater, whilst Polridmouth Cove is a hidden gem, ideal for those quieter moments. Those striding along the iconic South West Coastal Path can also look forward to the coastal delights of Readymoney Cove Beach and Polkerris Beach, which lies slightly further afield.

Attractions in Fowey

Whilst here, you are certain to find a great selection of things to do in Fowey that the entire family can enjoy. The Fowey Aquarium offers a fun way for kids to learn all about sea life from around the Cornish Coast, featuring tanks full of many different species and a touch pool that allows them to handle certain creatures. For those interested in history, a key attraction would be St. Catherine’s Castle, a Henrician artillery fort built in the 1530s to defend Fowey Harbour, that visitors are welcome to explore.

Activities in Fowey

Visting the estuary in Fowey is one of the top things to do whilst on holiday here. Offering plenty of things to do such as hiking, sailing, fishing and canoeing, at the same time providing visitors with spectacular views.

You’ll never be short of things to do in Fowey when you use our guide…

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  • Bird lady of Fowey, Fowey

    Bird Lady of Fowey

    Bird Lady of Fowey
    Lescrow Farm
    Passage Lane
    PL23 1JS


    Meet the Bird Lady of Fowey and her five owls and three hawks during a fascinating close-up handling experience.

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  • Bodinnick Ferry

    Bodinnick Ferry

    PL23 1LX

    01726 870232

    Take a trip on the friendly Bodinnick Ferry, which is accessible to cars, bikes, mini busses and foot passengers and explore the surrounding Cornish towns and beautiful sea views.

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  • Bodmin Jail

    Bodmin Jail

    Berrycoombe Rd
    PL31 2NR

    01208 76292

    Discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner in the heart of Cornwall. Explore the many cells and features that make your visit to the Jail a fun and educational adventure, and just a little bit scary.

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  • football golf

    Cornwall Football Golf

    Trenowah Rd
    Saint Austell
    PL25 3GD

    01726 68952

    Families will love this unique take on golf with hazards and obstacles to contend with along the way.

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  • River Rowey

    Coulson Park

    Coulson Park
    PL22 0JP

    Follow the meandering River Fowey to this gem of a Cornish park where children can play and dogs take exercise.

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  • Eden Project

    PL24 2SG

    01726 811911

    Described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Eden Project houses an incredible indoor rainforest under two biomes that visitors can explore and learn all about the complex relationship between people and plants.

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  • Encounter Cornwall

    Encounter Cornwall

    The Boatshed
    PL23 1LW

    01726 832451

    Enjoy tranquil trips across calm waters as you try your hand at kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on the Fowey Estuary.

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  • fowey aquarium

    Fowey Aquarium

    Town Quay
    PL23 1AT

    07815 840467

    A truly special aquarium, made up entirely of local species and a fantastic day out for the whole family.

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  • Fowey Estuary

    Fowey Estuary

    PL23 1NQ

    01208 265211

    An exquisite, naturally beautiful estuary located in Fowey, supported by the National Trust, with breath-taking views and unspoilt beaches.

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  • Fowey Maritime Centre

    Fowey Maritime Centre

    20 Lostwithiel Street
    PL23 1BE


    Learn to navigate the waters while on a coastal tour of Fowey, St. Austell, and the surrounding area of Cornwall’s coast, or get behind the wheel of a powerboat and try your hand at steering.

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