Fowey Travel Guide

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Fowey Highlights

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     Out of season paradise on the estuary 

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     Everything costs more money than it should 

  • In a nutshell
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     Daphne, Kenneth and all... 

Fowey Things to Do

  • Tourist Information Centre

    The Fowey Ticket Shop and Tourist Information Centre also incorporates the Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre and is a good source for finding quality accommodation, booking rail, coach and Eden Project tickets. Also available for sale are the usual books, maps and quality gifts. Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pmSunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pmemail...

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  • The Estuary

    The Fowey Estuary has been a port since Norman times and is one of the most attractive and unspoilt parts of Britain's south coast. The peaceful Fowey River is surrounded by many miles of lovely open countryside, much of which is owned by the National Trust.July 2011

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  • St. Catherine's Point

    Here the Chapel of St. Catherine build at about 1390 stood on a cliff at the harbour entrance where in medieval times a light was burning as a primitive lighthouse. The fort below was built in the reign of King Henry VIII.

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  • The Safe Harbour Hotel

    Dating back to the early 1800's this building was known as the Commercial Inn being a stopping place for coach and horses. In those days it was well known for hiring horses and carriages and the original stables were where the bar is now.

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  • The Graveyard of St. Fimbarrus

    Surrounding the St. Fimbarrus Church is the old graveyard, which contains grave stones from the early centuries of Fowey as well as a monument to the fallen of the World Wars. A tranquil setting right in the heart of Fowey.

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  • The Lugger Inn

    Recorded as an Inn in 1782, it was probably a former private residence, for upstairs a plaster plaque commemorates a plaster ceiling in 1633. In the 17th century a group of plasterers were very active in the West Country and it would seem that at the time many houses in the area were embellished by their workmanship. The Inn was a meeting place for...

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  • The Town Quay

    The Town Quay is where all the roads meet, harbour cruises start and it offers a small parking area. It used the Town Quay as the central point to orientate myself with all the narrow streets that go and up and down the hill as well as along the Fowey valley.

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  • Whitehouse Beach

    One does probably not visit Cornwall to lay on the beach, but if you want to relax after a busy day sightseeing this is a quiet spot to go to.

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  • The Well House

    This medieval house, reputedly the oldest building in Fowey was built in 1430 the year before Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, before the War of the Roses and sixty years before Columbus discovered America. The old kitchen is enchanting, walls fireplace and beams are very little altered from when they were built and some of the original cobbles...

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  • The Ship Inn

    Built in 1570 by John Rasleigh, a celebrated merchant, it is named after his famous ship "Frances of Fowey". Although greatly altered over the centuries, one room remains much as it was originally with its ornamental ceiling, fine oak panelled walls and carved over the fireplace, the names of John and Ales Rashleigh and the date 1570.

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  • Bosley the Churchyard Cat

    One curiosity I discovered whilst exploring Fowey was the Churchyard Cat - Bosley. A sign indicated that the cat at my visit was 16 years old and a loving family cat that lived in the churchyard of St. Fimbarrus. So if you visit say hello to this furry local inhabitant - just please do not feed Bosley!

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  • St . Fimbarrus Church Inside

    The church's inside decoration bring one back to the medieval times. Grave stones that are placed in the church's wall, a beautiful decorated altar and lovely artistic windows give this church a romantic atmosphere.

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  • St . Fimbarrus Church

    Dedicated to St. Finbar who passed through Fowey early in the 6th century on his way from Ireland to Rome. His Church was replaced by a Norman one, of which only the fine front remains. Rebuilt in 1336, partially destroyed in 1457 in an attack by the French when the town was burnt, it was again rebuilt by the Earl of Warwick.

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  • The Post Office

    This fine Georgian building is on the site of a medieval rest house for pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St. James of Compostela in Spain. Records show that between 1412 and 1456 licenses were granted to seven Fowey shippers who carried approximately 350 pilgrims.

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  • The Place

    The date when the house was built is unknown, it became the family house of the Treffry family in 1280 on the occasion of the marriage of Thomas Treffry to Elizabeth Boniface who was living at the Place at the time. When the French attacked the town in 1456, Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Treffry the Second, with her men repelled the French by pouring...

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Fowey Restaurants

  • Terrace with a view

    Former Road Toll House at Lostwithiel Gate, now The Toll Bar with its Riverside Terrace overlooking the stunning view of Fowey Estuary. All food is home-cooked on the premises using local ingredients. The building is Grade II listed and originally built in the 18t h century’email jodiemorcom@btconnect.comJuly 2011 Hot Chocolate and Home-made cake

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  • Fowey Hotel Restaurant

    While staying at the Fowey Hotel we ate one night in the hotel's grand looking restaurant. As we were hotel guests, and we booked our table in advance, we were given a considerable discount on the cost of a 3 course meal. We started with the Ham Hock, Pork Belly and Foie Gras Terrine, with Pickled Beetroot and Apple Puree, which was happily...

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  • Quirky and delightful

    Picture a consciously retro Central Perk from Friends and you'll be close to picturing Pinky Murphy's Cafe.I adore this place. Whilst not cheap it serves excellent food in a chilled and friendly environment.It is pretty cluttered - and prettily cluttered with mismatching furniture and crockery.Works for me :)Child, mud and dog friendly. Baked...

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Fowey Nightlife

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    The English Legion

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 2, 2007

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    This is actually a workers club that one can find all over England. I ended up here because they were showing the Rugby World Cup during one of the nights whilst I was in Fowey. The pub owner immediately accommodated our request to see a game that did not involve England, prepared the big screen and ensured that cool beers were flowing our way.
    After the game we chatted with the locals. I was surprised how friendly and open everyone was - hence I can only recommend it when you are in Fowey - have a pint at the Legions!

    Dress Code: Casual

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Fowey Transportation

  • Car Parking – Main

    Please note, if you decide to walk it is very, very steep and not for the faint hearted. There is, however a bus service from the car park into the quay area every 15 minutes for £1.20 per adult. This is an open air ground level car park with toilets.Pay and DisplayLong StayCapacity: 269 carsSunday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm4 Hours:...

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  • Ferry

    From Portuan, sited on the opposite bank, ther eis a regular passenger ferry that connects both towns

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Fowey Local Customs

  • August – Fowey Royal Regatta

    The Fowey Royal Regatta week is a hugely popular event and is one of the premier sailing events in Britain. As well as the sailing which includes yacht races to and from Falmouth and traditional yacht races around the buoys, there are lots of entertainment available, from the Red Arrows display team to a street carnival and lots of children's...

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  • HMS Fowey

    (L 15) – Shoreham-class Sloop Shoreham-Class Sloop was ordered from HM Dockyard Devonport in December 1929. The ship was laid launched in November 1930, HMS Fowey was the 8th RN ship to carry this name. Build was completed in September 1931. The Sloop served in the Persian Gulf until August 1939 and following a successful Warship Week in March 1942...

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Fowey Warnings and Dangers

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    Fowey to Bodinnick Ferry

    by andywing Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    The Fowey to Bodinnick ferry runs all day every day and is invaluable.

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    Since the opening of the Eden Project, everyone from the towns in the East try to use the ferry in the morning leading to massive queues in the morning at Bodinnick. And of course at the end of the day everyone has to get home and they queue right up the road and out of Fowey in late afternoon.

    Avoid trying either of these crossings, the 40 mile road trip around the estuary is quicker!

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Fowey Off The Beaten Path

  • Explore the hidden paths

    As you discover Fowey there are plenty of hidden lanes, narrow paths that lead up or down the hill or passed several medieval houses. One of those leads up passed the Church and the Place and one can only imagine how residents and visitors wandered up and down here in medieval times.

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  • Lostwithiel

    A few km north of Fowey , Lostwithiel was Cornwall's capital town back in the 13th Century.We stopped there specially as Stace used to lived there in his 20´s. Nice memories for him

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  • History of Fowey

    Fowey's maritime history goes back to the Middle Ages, where it was an important port for warships and galleons. Many of the vessels that sailed from Fowey's shores became involved in historical confrontations such as the Calais Blockade. Other ships were used by historical figures such as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. Both Captains...

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  • Plant Life

    Palm trees is not something you would associate England with. Here in Cornwall that is however quiet normal. The warm Gulf Stream that hits the South Coast of England ensures moderate warm weather year round ensuring that some plants are growing here, that one would not find further north.

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