Regarded as North Cornwall’s number-one destination, with its balmy climate and pretty little harbour offering myriad boats and clustered buildings, Padstow is a big draw for holidaymakers seeking a slice of coastal village life.
Awash with rugged beauty both ashore and out at sea, Padstow is the perfect base for water sports and exploration – from sea life safaris and discovering puffins or seals by boat to exhilarating power boat trips around the headland and ferry trips across to the village of Rock. The stony peninsula is also ideal for fishing, a pastime and traditional trade synonymous with Padstow.
A firm favourite for food-fanatics, Padstow not only offers a wealth of fresh-off-the-boat seafood and quaint quay-side eateries but has celebrity chef Rick Stein, with his renowned fish and chips and flagship restaurant, to thank for its world-wide fame.
For landlubbers, not only does Padstow offer the start and finish of the Camel Cycle Trail but it has easy access to a number of golden shores and the glorious South West Coast Path, England’s most extensive waymarked footpath which spans from Dorset to Cornwall. Fans of Poldark may also recognise some cliffs and seascapes featured in the hit BBC drama series.
Whether you’re interested in the history of local people or the lives of lobsters, there’s a museum to tickle your fancy. The National Lobster Hatchery is a marine conservation, research and education charity offering information and insight into the world of the curious crustaceans. Another all-weather offering is the Padstow Town Museum. Steeped in social history, this is the ideal place to discover the legend of the ‘Obby ‘Oss festivities that take place in the harbour-town each May Day to celebrate the arrival of summer.
No matter the time of year you choose to visit Padstow, we have the Padstow holiday cottage to suit you and yours.