The harbour town of Fowey sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is a wonderful place to visit all year round. As you wander down the streets or paddle up the river, you will be sure to fall in love with the quaint Cornish town when you visit. Find out what awaits you when you come to stay at our boutique Fowey accommodation, located on the banks of the River Fowey in Golant.
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Shopping in Fowey
There is shopping suitable for everyone in Fowey! The town has a selection of small, independent shops, well-known national outlets, art galleries, bookshops and more. This gives you a blend of local and nationwide products you would not find on any other high street.
Fashion and Clothing
Below are a selection of the regional brands and local retailers you will find on the streets of Fowey so that you can pick up beachwear, outdoor and active gear and clothes for the season.
Ocean One – ladies boutique, featuring high-quality brands such as Pepitos Positano, Brax, Fine Collection and Rene Derhy.
Birdkids – a colourful and lively collection of clothes, toys and gifts for children, featuring animal, bugs and flower designs.
Upper Deck Marine – outdoor clothing suitable for being at sea.
Quba Sails – a Sailcloth Company which sells jackets, clothes, hats and bags.
Seasalt – popular Cornish brand selling high-quality women’s fashion and accessories.
Pink Lemons – a popular independent boutique, featuring fair trade and organic clothes and many Danish brands.
Cindy Ashbridge – a contemporary jewellery shop, with items using precious metals and stones and commissions are taken too.
On Board – men, women and children’s casual clothes and beachwear, including a selection of wetsuits.
Art Galleries and Craft Shops
Fowey has strong connections to the art and craft world, and the stunning scenery inspires many creative minds. There are several galleries, studios and craft shops in the town. Below are some of the art and craft shops you will find in Fowey.
Jo Downs Handmade Glass – a world-renowned fused glass artist, British designer Jo Down’s work is inspired by the coastal setting of her studio and gallery.
Toe in the Water Gallery – a gallery featuring contemporary fine art, glassworks, ceramics and jewellery.
Images from the Wild – BAFTA and Emmy award-winning cameraman and photographer Ian McCarthy showcases his incredible work at his Fowey Gallery.
Fowey River Gallery – in a Georgian merchant house, the Fowey River Gallery exhibits work from local artists, ranging from paintings, photographs, clothes, ceramics and cards.
The Q Gallery – a fine art space that specialises in original artwork from a variety of living British artists.
Gifts and Souvenir Shops
Visitors to Cornwall always want to take something home with them to remember their spectacular holiday, and in addition to picking up a piece of incredible artwork, there are lots of gift and souvenir shops to buy a trinket or two from. Take a look below for what gift shops are in Fowey:
Enjoy! Fowey – gifts, souvenirs, walking guides, maps and books can be found at Enjoy!, along with reduced tickets to the Eden Project.
Anne Evans Antiques – find stunning antique treasures at Anne Evans, perfect for gifts for family and friends.
RNLI shop – a gift shop with a sailing and boating theme, with proceeds going towards the RNLI.
Treasures of Fowey – gifts, jewellery, postcards to send out to family and friends and much more.
Things to Do in Fowey
There are plenty of activities and attractions in Fowey to fill up your time, from sailing, beach trips, visiting historical sites, and plenty of walking routes, including the South West Coast Path.
Water Based Activities
The Fowey Estuary is a haven for water-based activities. The deep port has access to the sea at all states of the tide, and the picture-perfect town, surrounding trees and cliffs make it an ideal spot for water sports. Find out what activities you can do and where below.
Fowey River Hire – the adventure centre for water sports in Fowey has activities to suit everyone, novices and experts alike. You can choose from stand up paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing, taking guided tours of the River Fowey.
Fowey Maritime Centre – providing RYA sailing and powerboat training in addition to RIB and yacht chartering, day sailing and coastal tours.
Sail Fowey – sail out on the sea with exclusive sailing experiences with Sail Fowey, choosing day sailing or a sunset cruise.
Pettifox Sea Charters – a classic wooden boat charter business that sails from Fowey, offering day trips along the south coast of Cornwall.
Town Quay Boat Hire – self-drive boats available on an hourly rate which includes fuel, tuition and life jackets, so you can explore the harbour, river and sea at your leisure.
The Fowey Estuary is a fantastic location for walking, whether you are a keen walker or enjoy leisurely strolls, as there is a mix of paved pathways, cliff top routes and woodland walks to choose from. Read on to find out more about the walking you can do in and around Fowey.
Town Walks – If you want to explore the town centre of Fowey, learn about the buildings and people who make it what it is today, then there are weekly guided walks around the streets throughout the summer months. You can also find walking tours in Polruan and Lostwithiel.
Hall Walk – A popular walk around the estuary, the circular Hall Walk offers stunning views of the estuary and the sea. You take ferries to Bodinnick and Polruan, or vice versa, depending on the direction you take, and you can also make it longer by going onto Pencarrow Head and head along the coast to Polruan. In the summer, the Hall Walk can also be done with a guide.
South West Coast Path – the coastal path stretches all around Cornwall, and you can choose from many interesting areas starting from Fowey. Favourite walks include heading west towards St Austell Bay past Gribbin Head. On the opposite side of the estuary, you can walk along to Polruan and further to reach Polperro and Looe. This stretch has many coves and caves that were once used by smugglers.
River Walks – Away from the coast and along the River Fowey, there is plenty more to explore. Closer to the mouth of the estuary, you can walk from Fowey to Golant, or Bodinnick to Mixtow on the other side. These paths run along hilltops and through woodland, and there are lots of flora and fauna to admire. For a longer river walk, head further up to Lerryn, taking the pathway through Lerryn Wood, which is beautiful in summer.
Beaches near Fowey
When in Cornwall in the summer, it makes sense to spend some time at the beach, and there are several stunning beaches close by to Fowey within easy reach of our hotel. Many near the harbour town are isolated and sheltered, ideal if you want to have a beach with fewer kids.
Lansallos Beach – a sheltered and relatively unknown beach that is often quiet, even in busy summer months. Located between Polruan and Polperro.
Lantic Bay – a south facing beach pointing towards Pencarrow head past Polruan. The white sandy and shingled beach boasts clear waters and is accessible from the coastal path.
Par Sands Beach – a large beach with parking and facilities, this one is a favoured beach for visitors with families.
Polkerris Beach – a harbour beach in Polkerris, it is popular with families with facilities close by and water sports activities available.
Polruan Quay Beach – next to the Quay at Polruan, the nearby facilities make this a popular beach for families, though there is no beach at high tide.
Readymoney Cove – a sandy cove that overlooks Fowey Estuary, it is fairly sheltered, making it a great place for both cooler and hot days.
Whitehouse Beach – the closest beach to the centre of Fowey, it has a large sea pool nearby, ideal for cooling off in the hot summer. There is no beach at high tide, and a benched area overlooks the beach that is sheltered.
Places to Eat and Drink in Fowey
With our award-winning restaurant as part of The Cormorant Hotel, you don’t need to look far for a place to wine and dine every evening of your stay, and the unrivalled views of the River Fowey make it the perfect location for an evening meal.
Cafés in Fowey
When it comes to lunch and a drink, there are several cafés in the town offering cream teas, cakes, breakfast, brunch or lunch and Cornish pasties!
The Dwelling House – elegant tea rooms serving homemade cakes and savouries using organic and local produce.
Lifebuoy Café – serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, the menu includes bagels, sandwiches, locally caught fish and crab, cakes and coffee.
Well House Tearoom – tea rooms with sandwiches, cakes, soup and panini’s with a takeaway option also available.
Pink Murphy’s Café – a quirky café serving platters, goats cheese bakes, coffee and homemade cakes.
Brown Sugar – a coffee shop serving hot and cold drinks, breakfasts, lunches, cakes, crepes and sandwiches to eat in or take out.
Pubs and Bars in Fowey
You are sure to find a characterful Cornish pub when you visit Fowey, serving local ales, wines, and gins!
Old Ferry Inn – crossover on the ferry to Bodinnick for a homely pub which is open all day serving food and drink.
Lugger Inn – find homemade food, cooked to order fish and as many pints as you can handle at Lugger Inn in Fowey.
Galleon Inn – locally sourced pub food and Sunday roasts, the Galleon Inn overlooks the harbour, and you are sure to find a welcoming face behind the bar.
Safe Habour Inn – a 19th-century coaching inn in Fowey, Safe Harbour has a traditional lounge bar, comfy sofas and fireplace that is lit in winter, and a separate public bar.
King of Prussia – a warm welcome awaits you at the King of Prussia pub along with a range of real ales. Want more information about things to do in and around Fowey? Have a read on our blog posts below: