Padstow

Discover Padstow

Padstow is a charming working fishing port surrounded by glorious sandy beaches, at the head of the Camel River. Watching the everyday ebb and flow of harbour life is a perfect way to spend a day. This foodie destination with popular eateries such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, is the start and end point for the Camel Cycle Trail and a good base for water sports. 

Reasons to visit Padstow:

  • Natural beauty made up of rugged coastline, quiet coves and fabulous walks 
  • Seven golden beaches accessible in less than a 5 minute drive 
  • Top foodie destination majoring in fresh, locally produced food and celebrity chefs 
  • Start and end point for the gorgeous Camel Cycle Trail 
  • Perfect base for exploring the beautiful South West Coast path 
  • Ideal location for water sports

Things to do in Padstow

  • Enjoy a fun filled day on the beach with an abundance of activities to try, from rock pooling at low tide, body boarding, learning to surf with a local surf school and of course having a go at building a sand castle
  • Get access to the beautiful Cornish countryside with a cycle on the famous Camel Trail beginning in Padstow and ending in Wadebridge
  • Known as one of Cornwall’s great foodie destinations, you can indulge in some of Rick Stein’s fish and chips, sit down in his famous fish restaurant or visit Paul Ainesworth at No.6 for some truly delicious food
  • Padstow Museum houses an interesting collection of memorabilia giving an insight into the history of Padstow over the past two centuries. You can also discover the story of the famous ‘Obby ‘Oss, the ancient ritual played out in the town every May Day
  • Take the ferry across the river to the village of Rock, popular with film stars, models and even royalty. From here there are some great walks along the coast to the spectacular beaches of Daymer Bay and Polzeath
  • Leave Padstow behind in your wake on a white-knuckle ride on a fast speedboat. Pass rugged coastal scenery as you take an exhilarating 15 minute trip out to sea 
  • The local coastal waters offer fantastic fishing on the rocky headlands not to mention the stunning views. For the more adventurous take a trip on a local fisherman’s boat which operate daily throughout the summer

Poldark connection:

For some of the cliff scenes the filming action moved to the Padstow area. Fans of north Cornwall will recognise Levlizzick, and the spectacular views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach.

Nearby beaches along the Camel estuary include:

Constantine Bay
Harlyn Bay
Mother Ivey's Bay
Polzeath 
Porthcothan 
Rock 
Trevone
Treyarnon Bay

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West Cornwall > Helston > Mullion > The Lizard > Film and Literature > Poldark
The Mullion Cove Hotel, in West Cornwall stands on the cliff top overlooking the harbour and fishing cove with uninterrupted sea views. Surrounded by National Trust land with many secret coves nearby. 

South Coast > St. Austell > Film and Literature > Poldark
The five cottages are set around a landscaped courtyard. Great care has been taken to make them as cosy as possible. There is ample parking with storage area adjacent to the complex.

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North Coast > Newquay > Perranporth > St. Agnes > Film and Literature > Poldark
Family run business, specialising in self-catering holiday accommodation in the North Cornwall areas of Newquay, Porth, Holywell Bay, Perranporth and St Agnes with over 130 quality properties to choose from.

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South Coast > St. Austell > Film and Literature > Poldark
Luxury award winning self catering cottages on a superb complex with indoor heated pool set in around two acres and surrounded by beautiful countryside.

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North Coast > Port Isaac > Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Blisland > Bodmin > Film and Literature > Poldark
This delightful detached riverside holiday cottage nestles in a unique location with direct frontage onto the River Camel

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North Coast > St. Agnes > Film and Literature > Poldark
The Driftwood Spars, St Agnes has epic sea views and ample car parking. Under one roof there's a traditional Cornish pub that serves hearty food and real ales, 4* guest accommodation and a contemporary seafood bistro. 

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Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin > Bodmin > Film and Literature > Poldark
Elegant Victorian bed and breakfast in Bodmin, Cornwall set in secluded woodland gardens close to town centre and A30 - perfect for business or pleasure. Spacious and exceedingly comfortable en-suite rooms catering for every need. Free Wi-Fi.

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