Padstow

Padstow lies on the north Cornish coast situated on a hillside overlooking the Camel Estuary, one of the most picturesque ports in Cornwall.

Amongst the jumble of pastel washed houses, along the narrow streets you will find an array of charming craft shops, restaurants, cafes and bookshops. Here you can stroll around the narrow streets, learn about the history of Padstow in the town museum, sample some homemade fudge, or just soak up the relaxing atmosphere and natural beauty of this beautiful town.

For those of you looking for energetic activities, try some of the many watersports offered at Harlyn Bay just outside Padstow or perhaps cycle the Camel Trail from Padstow to Bodmin. Visit in May and the famous century old ‘Obby ‘Oss May Day dance is sure to entertain you with its street dancers, singers and musicians celebrating the start of Spring.

If you don’t fancy one of the many fishing trips from Padstow why not take a boat trip along the spectacular North Cornish coast on the Jubilee Queen. Or perhaps take the ferry across the estuary to Rock and visit the tranquil church of St.Endoc where Sir John Betjeman is buried.

For those of you who are beach lovers discover the nearby safe, sandy beaches of St.George’s and Tregirls, just a short stroll away. Padstow’s restaurants come highly recommended too, with a selection for all tastes and budgets, including many which specialise in locally caught seafood - the most renowned being Rick Stein’s restaurant and café.

Steeped in history, Padstow with its many medieval buildings fringing the harbour, is home to Sir Walter Raleigh’s 16th Century courthouse and the Tudor mansion of Prideaux Place which is an international film location, all well worth a visit.

With its maritime climate and year round welcoming atmosphere, one thing is for sure - this friendly little harbour town will not fail to impress you.