Things to do in Padstow

Padstow is renowned for its delicioiusly fresh seafood, made famous by Rick Stein. Aside from dining at Michelin star restaurants and harbourside inns, there's plenty to keep you busy in Padstow.

Feast your way around the harbour, pedal alongside the Camel Estuary, relax on golden sand, or experience a day on the water. Do it all in Padstow.

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Padstow Harbour

Harbour Town

Padstow is a quaint Cornish town that you simply must explore on your next visit. In the town, you'll find boutique shops and galleries at every twist and turn, showcasing the very best of Cornwall's makers & shakers! You'll always be led back to the harbour, at the very heart of this coastal town. Sit along the harbour wall and tuck into an ice-cream or Cornish pasty... just watch out for the seagulls!

Camel Trail
Daymer Bay
Treyarnon Bay

At the coast

Padstow's coastal position makes it the perfect place to explore on land and sea. Jump on a wildlife watching boat trip, or find out more about our marine life at the National Lobster Hatchery. Relax on one of the many sandy beaches in and around the area, or learn to ride the waves at a local surf school.

Padstow is also the ideal destination for exploring on two (or three!) wheels. The Camel Trail is an 18 mile cycle trail between Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wenfordbridge. We recommend ending in Padstow and rewarding yourself with tasty local treats!

Whether you're after an exceptional gastronomic experience, a relaxing coastal retreat, or a family seaside adventure, Padstow has something for you. Discover more about this quaint coastal town and start planning your days out.

  • It's best known these days as the place where Rick Stein has all his restaurants, but prior to Mr Stein turning up, it was probably best known for its May Day celebrations and the Obby Oss, which dances through the busy streets from morning to night.

  • Some would say eating! And if you have the budget, you probably could, there are that many great places to eat! Or you could spend the day learning to cook with Rick Stein, though he probably won't be there.

    Away from the gastro indulgences, Padstow is a nice place to just amble around, look in a few shops, take a walk out along the coastal path, or hire a bike and go up the Camel Trail?

    You can learn all about lobsters, visit Prideaux House or St Petroc's Church, even catch a ferry across to Rock...

  • It's about 9 km (5.5 miles) from Wadebridge to Padstow along the Camel Trail. It's flat all the way on a good hard surface. Most people walk it in about two hours, but it can take longer if you stop to take in the fantastic views!

    There are busses back to Wadebridge if you don't fancy the return walk.

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