Fowey Port Guide

Fowey Port is a harbor located in Fowey, a historic medieval town situated on the western estuary of the River Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall in the United Kingdom. It is a picturesque deep water port frequented by cruise ships calling at the ports along the coast of Devon & Cornwall. Cruise passengers seeking a destination that combines cultural and historical heritage with modern charms and delightful entertainment will certainly not be disappointed with the offerings of Fowey Port.

The Fowey Port has a narrow entrance guarded by cliffs punctuated by medieval castles and houses. Cruise ships are moored in the lower harbor and passengers are taken into Fowey town by a short boat transfer. Whilst in town, passengers can take pleasure in their immediate surroundings or take a short trip to the many attractions within a short distance of the town. The nearest airport to the cruise port is the Newquay Cornwall Airport, located 21 miles from Fowey.


There’s interesting shopping to be had in Fowey Port ranging from clothing and jewelry to eccentric crafts and delectable Cornish products.  Many of the shops are found within walking distance from Albert Quay.

Belinda's Boutique offers the latest fashionable clothes as well as gift items. Moshulu and Seasalt offer top brands in footwear, including Seasalt, White Stuff, Orla Kiely, Oska, and Joules. Bird is a unique theme shop that offers children’s clothing and gift items inspired by nature. Visitors looking for casual clothing and surf wear can head on to Outriggers and On Board.

Aqualeiga has a fine selection of fine jewelry and antiques, whilst BB offers an eclectic mix of handcrafted and funky jewelry and accessories.  Visitors looking for unique gift items can head on to Brocante, which offers unusual French-style gifts, or to The Romantic Englishwoman, where they can find an excellent selection of linens, cushions, and other beautiful but unusual gifts.

Shipmates Newsagents is Fowey’s main newsagent where visitors can find a wide range of magazines, confectionery, and abroad postal service. The Bookends of Fowey is a well-known Second-hand and antiquarian book seller.

Sites and Attractions

Choosing Fowey cruise port as a destination provides visitors a plethora of attractions and activities for every kind of holiday maker.  Foremost of these attractions is the town’s rich history which had left many medieval fortifications and religious structures all over Fowey.  Some of these include:

  • Old House of Foye, a medieval merchants’ house found along Fore Street and currently functions as a shop;
  • Restormel Castle, A twelfth century moat and bailey castle most renowned for its well preserved circular keep;
  • St Catherine's Castle, a fortification built by Henry VIII to defend the harbor;
  • St Finbarrus Church, built by St Finn Barr when he passed through the town  in the sixteenth century; and the
  •  Place House, a medieval tower which is home to the Treffry family since the thirteenth century.
  • The Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre holds information about all of Fowey’s famous authors.

Visitors who wish to enjoy the natural beauty of Fowey can visit the many gardens and wildlife sanctuaries found in and near Fowey. The Eden Project, a 3-dome complex that showcases over 100 plant species from different climates, is located 6.7 miles from Fowey. Visitors can also take a relaxing stroll on the Fowey Esplanade or on the sandy beach of Readymoney Cove.

Bars and Restaurants

Dining at Fowey Port often means a course of delectable traditional Cornish or seafood dishes served with spectacular views of the quay.  Popular amongst these is Food for Thought, an atmospheric seafood restaurant set in a fourteenth century building on the quayside. Nathan Outlaw Restaurant is a popular restaurant that offers an al a carte menu created by its 2-time Michelin Star winning chef Nathan Outlaw. The Q Restaurant at the Old Quay House Hotel provides a scenic fine dining experience topped with a menu boasting of the Remy Martin Award. The Cormorant Restaurant offers traditional Cornish dishes with a modern twist whilst serving it with a magnificent view of the River Fowey.

The nightlife at the Fowey Port is laid back and rather lacking in the glaring bright lights and loud music found in most tourist destinations.  Nevertheless, cruise passengers will find the port not lacking in entertaining nightspots and friendly accommodation.

The King of Prussia is a popular quayside pub that serves the full range of St Austell Brewery ales and a fine selection of seafood. Visitors can find local ales, keg beer, lagers and ciders served at the Galleon Inn. Visitors can choose to have them in a heated beer garden at the patio. 

Peaceful, comforting, and beautiful—these are all words that befit a holiday in Fowey Port. It is a delight to the senses and a veritable retreat from the hustle and bustle of this fast-paced world.

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