Fowey is a small town, civil parish and cargo port at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall. At the time of the 2001 census, it had a population of 2,273.This had increased slightly at the 2011 census to 2,395.
Fowey is in the South Coast (Eastern Section) of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It lies at the end of the Saints’ Way and has ferries across the river to Polruan (foot) and Bodinnick (vehicle). There are many historic buildings in the town, including the ruins of St Catherine’s Castle, while Readymoney Cove possesses a local beach.
Fowey has thrived as a port for hundreds of years, initially as a trading and naval town, then as the centre for china clay exports. Today Fowey is busy with trawlers and yachts. Tourism is also an important source of income, contributing £14m to the local economy and accounting for more than half of the jobs in the town.
Both vehicle and foot ferry services cross the river to Bodinnick and Polruan. A ship to shore water taxi service operates from Easter until the end of October and a foot ferry to the fishing village of Mevagissey runs from 1 May to 1 October, weather permitting. Town Bus is a frequent and regular service running from outside the church in the town centre to the main car park on Hanson Drive.Currently there are six carparks in Fowey, with the ‘main car park’ being the biggest with 269 spaces.
Fowey has been the inspiration for many authors, including Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Daphne du Maurier and Kenneth Grahame. The town was Q’s main residence from 1892 onwards, and a number of his stories are set in ‘Troy Town’, a thinly disguised Fowey. The Daphne du Maurier Festival is held in Fowey each May, the month of her birth. A number of wealthy entertainers have second homes around the town, which may have contributed to raising house prices above what many local people can afford. These include married couples Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan and Lenny Henry and Dawn French (who paid around £2 million in October 2006 for a mansion at Readymoney Cove),Gloria Hunniford, and former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis.
There are many places to eat whilst visting Fowey all located within the centre of the town. Popular restaurants include Sams Restaurant, The lugger inn, Galleon inn Restaurant, The Ship and Pinky Murphys cafe. Also there is many places to stay in Fowey, there are a few b&b’s and hotels however there is two main hotels in Fowey, The Fowey Hotel and Fowey Hall.