St Catherine’s Castle isn’t the largest family attraction in Fowey, but it’s one of the oldest. The castle overlooks the very pretty Readymoney Cove and was built by Henry VIII to defend the harbour below against the Spanish raids. It underwent restoration in 1855 and can still be reached from the beach below via steps.
The castle is largely ruined, but admission is free and you can still explore the gun emplacements and battlements that surround it. This artillery fort is actually one of a pair built in the 1530s, and each one has two storeys with ground level gun ports that always ignite the imaginations of children.
St Catherine’s Castle is well worth a walk to take a look around, and it’s a great finishing point for a walk too. Dogs are welcome to visit St Catherine’s Castle but please keep them on their leads as it’s owned by English Heritage. There’s a car park at Readymoney Cove which is just under a mile’s walk from the ruin. The views from this vantage point are beautiful, so why not end a walk here so you can rest for awhile and enjoy them?
St Catherine's Castle. Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1HX