The town of Fowey has a unique, unspoilt and ancient charm which holds a special fascination for visitors of all ages. The views across the harbour to Polruan are stunning and there's always plenty of activity on the water to fascinate, including the sight of the large tankers coming to collect the china clay being turned on a sixpence by the powerful tug boats. Old cottages line the narrow winding streets with glimpses of the river below, cobbled walkways perfumed with flowers from hanging baskets and window boxes and the quays bustling with life, all help to create a unique atmosphere.
Privately owned Place, a part 15th century fortified manor house, dominates the town. Still owned by the Treffry family, one of the most ancient of Cornwall's land owning families, whose home it has been for over 700 years, its fortifications and high boundary wall give the town a feudal atmosphere. Other buildings of note include the early medieval "Old House of Foye", the Ship Inn and St. Catherines Castle, built in the mid 15th Century with 16th century additions. The font in the lovely parish church of St. Fimbarrus dates from Norman times.
There is also a good selection of quality restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops to be found throughout the town. The town has strong connections with the world famous authoress Daphne Du Maurier who spent most of her life living quietly in the area, first in Bodinnick and then near Polkerris. An annual literary festival in May, attracting nationally known figures, is held in her name. The well known author, poet, literary critic and anthologist Sir Arthur Quiller Couch (1863 - 1944), who was appointed professor of English Literature at Cambridge University, lived for many years on the Esplanade in Fowey and participated fully in local life becoming both Mayor of the town and Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club.
Much of the land around Fowey is owned by the National Trust with many delightful walks both in the countryside and along the coast - the walk to Polkerris is a particular favourite with a café and beach to enjoy at the end (or the middle if you're walking back to Fowey!). A haven for flora and fauna, this area has long been popular with naturalists, painters and walkers, particularly during the gentle spring and autumn weather so common here in Cornwall.