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The small seaside and harbour town of Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall is a great tourist destination for people who want to see a part of the county that is relatively unspoiled. The deep water harbour is excellent for sailing fans, the medieval, Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian buildings around the town bring to life a long and interesting history. The town is also in part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so the surrounding coast and river are perfect for exploring.

Fowey harbour from Southground cliffs, Cornwall

When you have booked into our Fowey accommodation for a weekend getaway, you may find yourself wanting to know a bit more about the town and the surrounding area. Look no further - we have created an infographic full of fascinating facts about Fowey!

The Cormorant Hotel Fowey fun facts

In addition to these fun facts, did you also know?

  • During World War II, Fowey was the centre for Air-Sea Rescue on the English Channel, and also one of many places along the Cornish coast from which the D-Day invasions of June 1944 were launched.

  • The local church in Fowey, St Fimbarrus is dedicated to St Barry, who is said to be buried at Fowey, and also the Irish saint Finnbarr, who was the first Bishop of Cork. The church was destroyed in the 15th century, and later restored by the Earl of Warwick.

  • You can see local sea creatures up close at the old-fashioned Fowey Aquarium which is located on the Town Quay.

  • The wide River Fowey is ideal for pleasure boats, which you take from the Town Quay. Cruises run regularly, taking you upriver past the docks and offering you fantastic views of the harbour town.


Take a look at our other blog posts to find out more about Fowey and Cornwall before your holiday:


Cornwall on the big screen

The Ultimate Cornwall Bucket List

Image credit: Nilfanion

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