A picturesque coastal enclave, Padstow combines the ambience of an ancient fishing village and the elegance of an upscale resort town. Michelin-starred seafood eateries, brewing companies, cycling trails and a lively harbour highlight this vibrant city in Cornwall.
Things to do in Padstow
Visit Padstow Harbour to view working fishing vessels with yachts, pleasure boats and ferries. Book a fishing expedition or wildlife-watching tour to spot dolphins, puffins, basking sharks and seals. Grab some lunch at Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips, then visit Ruby’s Bar for an extensive collection of gins, spirits and lagers.
Walk the coastal path to the picturesque beaches of Hawker’s Cove, St. George’s Cove and Tregirls or surf the big waves at Trevone and Polzeath. Cafes, shops and souvenir stands line the coast, while celebrities often frequent the small village of Rock.
Stroll from Padstow Harbour to Prideaux Manor to explore a 16th-century Elizabethan mansion with formal gardens and a deer park. For an afternoon of fresh air and nature, cycle the 29-kilometre-long Camel Trail.
Travelling with the family? Kids can learn about crustaceans at the National Lobster Hatchery, where they’ll see educational exhibits and watch lobsters and crabs being nurtured for release. In the evening, book a table at Number 6, a Michelin-starred restaurant serving duck, lamb and local fish, such as hake and John Dory.
Getting around Padstow
Transportation options in Padstow include car shares, bicycle hires, buses and taxis. You can pick up a rental car at Cornwall Airport Newquay, about eight kilometres away.