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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North Coast > Padstow
A small, friendly, luxurious Bed and Breakfast providing realistically-priced, accommodation in a traditional Cornish farmhouse, tucked away in a secluded rural location just minutes from Padstow and the beautiful North Coast. 

West Cornwall
The Polurrian Bay Hotel in Mullion, West Cornwall is situated on The Lizard with stunning views across Mounts Bay and the Atlantic. The hotel has 12 acres of mature, landscaped gardens and boasts a beautifully restored restaurant.

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South Coast > St. Austell
Detached guest house near town centre, large private car park. Family run, home cooking & friendly atmosphere. Ensuite rooms, TV in all rooms, tea making facilities. Eden Project and Heligan within 5 miles.

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South Coast > St. Austell
Stylish individual Gold Award-winning cottages set in wildflower meadows and woodland near Heligan and Eden with plenty of space for families to relax. Indoor pool, animal feeding, pony rides, zip wire, play barn, wi-fi, Wild Kids club all included.

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West Cornwall
An Inn in St Just, near Land's End West Cornwall, offering 4 star accommodation, the Commercial is situated in the centre of St Just and an ideal base for exploring coastal paths, beaches and ancient sites of the Land's End area.

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North Coast
A superb apartment complex, open all year round, just 200 yards from the mile-long sandy beach of Watergate Bay. Features a choice of attractive one and two bedroom apartments, plus duplex penthouses. 
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North Coast > St. Agnes
Family run site on working farm, unspoilt countryside with extensive views of the North Cornish Coast. Close to National Trust Moorland & sandy beaches. Ideal for picturesque walks. Suitable for disabled persons. Children made welcome.

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