Padstow is well known and well loved, and for good reason. It’s the perfect location to get out on the water and explore the stunning surrounding estuary and coastline. With some of Cornwall’s best restaurants, and plenty of pasty shops, if you’re a bit of a foodie, you’re certainly in the right place! The Old Custom House sits directly overlooking the hustle and bustle of the working harbour in Padstow. Children love going crabbing off the harbour wall, which is also a prime spot for eating fish and chips on a dry evening. However the busy harbour offers plenty to see and do, from spotting dolphins to walking or cycling down the estuary, there is something for everyone.
With pastel coloured houses clinging to the terraces looking down over a quaint and colourful medieval harbour, Padstow is one of the prettiest places in Cornwall. The hustle and bustle of the working harbour mesmerises people and is the perfect place to sit with a pasty or fish and chips and watch the world go by. Explore the lanes and discover a unique array of shops, galleries and cafes.
See the rugged coastline from a different perspective and search for seals, basking sharks, puffins and dolphins on a Sea Safari boat trip from Padstow Harbour. They can even pack you a picnic and whisk you off to a hidden cove for a spot of lunch.learn more
The Camel Trail runs right to Padstow. This eighteen mile stretch of level, traffic-free trail that runs along a disused railway line is a haven for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Spot abundant birdlife along the Camel Estuary, explore ancient woodland and stunning coastline. Keep going right to the end and stumble upon an off-grid cafe tucked away in a delightful valley at Wenfordbridge.HIRE A BIKE
Discover a lovely church, half-hidden by the surrounding sand dunes. From the 16th to the 19th century, the church had almost completely disappeared and the vicar and worshippers had to climb in through the roof for services! Thanks to reinforcement of the sand dunes, the church has been uncovered and now sits proudly surrounded by the St Enodoc Golf Club. It is also the last resting place of poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman.Get directions
Catch your dinner along some of the finest coastline in Cornwall. The waters surrounding Padstow are a rich fishing ground, from mackerel to cod and bass. And you may also get to spot some larger marine wildlife, including seals and dolphins. Trips on Emma Kate II are excellent value.Go fishing!
The Rock ferry runs every 20 minutes and will transport you across the estuary to this gorgeous boating haven. Popular with the rich and famous, Rock is now home to fancy boutiques and upscale restaurants. The headland creates a safe haven for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. The long, fine-sand beach is also a big draw.