Go rock-pooling, watch fishing boats go by, browse gift boutiques, galleries and artisan shops, and stop at cafés serving Cornish cream teas.
If you fancy messing about on the river, there are plenty of family-friendly activities from kayaking and canoeing to sailing and swimming. Keep your feet on dry land with a stroll along the Esplanade, stop for a pint of local ale in a traditional riverside pub, or wander down to Readymoney Cove where you’ll find St Catherine's Castle, built in 1536 by Henry VIII.
Hop across the river on the Bodinnick or Polruan ferry to strike out along the famous Hall Walk, taking in stunning estuary views on a circular four-mile route via Pont Creek. Being immersed in Du Maurier country, not only can you explore the scenery immortalised in novels such as Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, but – if you visit during May – you can join in a literary celebration at the Fowey Festival of Words and Music. The Fowey Regatta, held in August, is also a perfect excuse to visit, with a carnival procession, displays, and sailing races to watch.
If you have the time and inclination to venture further afield, this is an ideal spot from which to explore many of Cornwall’s attractions. Take the car ferry to Bodinnick and discover the beaches around Looe and Talland Bay, take a 20-minute drive to the iconic biomes of the Eden Project, or explore The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Our friendly staff are always on hand to give you an insider’s guide to the local area, or if you’re super-organised, view our list of local activities and attractions to start planning.