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Top Tourist Attractions In Breathtaking Fowey

Fowey is a tiny yet historic and scenic seaside community at the mouth of the River Fowey, which has given inspiration to many of the UKs literary greats, stalwarts of freedom, and religious figures that still draw a strong following even up to the present day.

Enjoy a day or two exploring the historic sites as well as other Fowey and Cornwall attractions. Enjoy the numerous activities and thrilling activities in the Fowey Harbour. However you wish to spend your vacation in Fowey, it is guaranteed to be well worth it.

The best way to really understand and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of Fowey is by taking a walk down its streets and alleyways, either on a guided tour or as a self-directed endeavour. 

Visit the place where the famous Fowey Gallants were given the Royal license to attack and seize French vessels and other foreign ships in the English Channel at the height of the Hundred Years War. Explore why Fowey privateers such as Mark Mixtow and Sir Hugh Courtenay were bestowed such a privilege by the English monarchy.

Take a peek at the historic Polruan Blockhouse, the only one remaining of two blockhouses that were purposely built on both sides of the harbour entrance to protect the area from French naval attacks.

Explore the marvellous facade of the Place House that provided another defensive position for the defenders of Fowey against French colonial troops. Although partially destroyed during the attacks in 1457, the structure itself has undergone several reconstructions and remodelling throughout the centuries that followed.



Take some time exploring the ruins of the once-might and elegant St. Catherines Castle. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the 15th century structure, built with the purpose of defending English soil against the Holy Roman Empire and France.

You can also discover why Fowey has been such an inspiration for artists for centuries. Foweys naturally pristine harbour and strategic coastal location makes it an ideal place to find inspiration and meaning among artists and writers both then and now. The towns literary geniuses include the well-known British writer Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.

Another great literary icon hailed from the town. Visit the home of world-renowned playwright and author Daphne du Maurier whose best known for her book Jamaica Inn and whose novel Rebecca was adapted into a film which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1941.

Also nearby are scenes which inspired author Kenneth Grahame who is most famous for his book The Wind in the Willows.

Take time to visit the Fowey Museum and be inspired with its collection of local art as well as artefacts that tell of the story of Foweys historic past. Although small by contemporary standards, it nevertheless draws visitors no matter if they are locals or tourists.

There are also some great religious landmarks to visit in Fowey. Explore the scenic landscape of Fowey and judge for yourself whether to believe in the popular legend that Jesus once visited Fowey together with Joseph of Arimathea. The legend has drawn many visitors who are either faithful followers of Christianity or curious knowledge-seekers. The story is made more real by the presence of a cross, locally known as Punches Cross, at the Fowey River entrance.

For the devout, a visit to the Fowey Parish Church is a must. Built in the early parts of the 14th century, the church was erected as a dedication to Saint Finbarr. Although it was destroyed by the French in the Hundred Years War, it was nonetheless restored by the Earl of Warwick in 1460.

Fowey Harbour showcases a variety of fun-filled water sport activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, canoeing, wake boarding, sailing, and kayaking among others. Spend the whole day at the Readymoney Beach, the Polkerris Beach, or the Polridmouth Cove. Or you can cruise around the harbour on any of the vessels of Fowey Picnic Boat.

Although small compared to other tourist towns in Cornwall, Fowey has just the right combination of rich cultural heritage, religious sites and inspiring scenery to draw throngs of tourists and holidaymakers. 

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