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Fowey

Set on the estuary mouth of the river, Fowey gazes out over the water, across to the neighbouring village of Polruan and out to sea.

The town is renowned for its narrow winding streets, medieval buildings and deep water harbour. Here you'll find an eclectic mix of independent shops, selling everything from locally caught fish to pasties, jewellery, art and clothing.

Family walking down the street in Fowey

The annual Festival of Arts and Literature held in May celebrates Fowey's literary history, with famous authors Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and Daphne du Maurier once calling this place home. Regatta Week in August always attracts visitors and sailors alike from all over the world, and several cruise liners take advantage of the deep waters to spend a day or so here throughout the summer.

Man crabbing in Fowey with children

You can hire a board or take advantage of the many river cruises available; maybe try your hand at fishing or even shark fishing! A safer option for children is to go crabbing off the pontoon or on the quayside, or take a ride on the open-top tourist waggon, winding thorough the town with a guide. Hungry? There are some great cafés and restaurants, many of which overlook the water.