Padstow Quayside (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33174580%40N00/4982515919)

Padstow Quayside

Rick Stein eateries in Padstow

Rick Stein eateries in Padstow

Picturesque Padstow along the Camel estuary is a historic fishing village in North Cornwall. The bustling working harbour here is one of Cornwall's most beautiful, brimming with fine cafes, restaurants and fish & chip takeaways flanking the quayside. Padstow is nicely sheltered from the Atlantic by the great headlands of Pentire and Stepper on the coast. Award-winning sandy beach bays - Constantine and Harlyn - and spectacular coast path walking are along the Padstow coast. The village has gained a reputation for culinary excellence, particularly for its seafood. Rick Stein has a selection of eateries and takeaways, and there are many other outstanding restaurants and bistros. Around the narrow streets of the village centre and South Quay you'll also find numerous independent shops, galleries and craft studios perfect for leisurely browsing and buying.

Craft shops in Padstow

Craft shops in Padstow

Golf lovers are well served by superb coastal golf links with magnificent views including Trevose Golf & Country Club with an 18 hole championship course and St Enodoc, one of the finest golf links in the South West. Attractions in the area include the National Lobster Hatchery on South Quay, the Padstow Maize Maze and the Elizabethan Prideaux Palace House which is set in beautiful grounds. Many Cornish Tin Mining families emigrated to North America from Padstow Harbour as Cornwall's mining industry fell into decline. Padstow Museum holds a fascinating archive on the history of these mining families, and the history of the fishing industry in the area. Padstow is a great base for exploring Cornwall. The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are just a 30 minute drive away. More surfing beaches and attractions are also in nearby Newquay - Watergate Bay and Newquay Airport are only around 7 miles from Padstow.

Padstow Ferry Service

Padstow Ferry Service

Boat Trips & Beaches

Boat trips and sealife safari excursions from Padstow harbour run regularly either out to sea for a spot of dolphin, porpoise, basking shark or seal watching or opt for a scenic river boat trip up the estuary towards Wadebridge. Boats are also available for private function hire with a musical or entertainment theme like jazz night boat trips. Fast ferry services operate daily across the estuary (around every 20 minutes) from Padstow to Rock.

Surfing and watersports are popular around the Trevose Head coast at Constantine Bay and Harlyn Bay and various coast and country trails around Padstow offer scenic walking and cycling opportunities including the Saints Way, South West Coast Path and the Camel Trail.

Where to Stay

Padstow offers a variety of accommodation catering for families, couples and activity groups. In the centre you'll find a selection of B&Bs, many of which are Enjoy England Silver or Gold Award-winners. In and around the village choose from family friendly holiday parks in the Harlyn area, beautiful period hotels with swimming pools, modern holiday apartments and pet friendly barn conversions close to coastal walks and dog friendly beaches. If you're looking for that perfect Cornwall holiday with dogs, Padstow is the perfect choice with its two pet friendly beaches, Constantine and Harlyn, numerous walking trails and its choice of of dog friendly accommodation and eateries.

Accommodation in Padstow

  • Padstow   (4.3 miles from the centre of Padstow)
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    Modern cottage at Trevose Head Lighthouse, with panoramic views of the coastline and close to a family beach. 4 miles from Padstone fishing village, and secure communal parking.
     
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  • Padstow   (4.3 miles from the centre of Padstow)
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    £602
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    Unique coastal cottage at Trevose Head Lighthouse, with spectacular sea views. Short drive from the fishing village of Padstow, and close to popular walking routes. Family friendly
     
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  • St Merryn   (2.8 miles from the centre of Padstow)
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    £302
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    Well appointed two bedroom holiday lodge near Padstow with decked seating area, laundry facilities, parking & Freeview TV. No pets. 2 night min stay. Great activities closeby.
     
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  • St Columb Major   (5.9 miles from the centre of Padstow)
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    £467
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    Modern Scandinavian style lodge in Cornwall close to Padstow & Newquay. 4 bedrooms, 2 lounges & a playroom/ study, parking & use of park facilities. One dog accepted. Sleeps 8.
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  • St Columb Major   (5.9 miles from the centre of Padstow)
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    £559
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    Beautifully presented Scandinavian style lodge near Padstow with balcony, four bedrooms & parking for 4 cars. Use of resort restaurant & leisure facilities. Short breaks. Sleeps 8.
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  • Padstow   (2.6 miles from the centre of Padstow)
    Sleeps 6
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    £400
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    Pretty family holiday home just 10 minutes from Padstow. A short stroll from the beach and attractions. Pet friendly with a garden and terrace. Free off road parking and Wi-Fi.
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  • Padstow   (3.7 miles from the centre of Padstow)
    Sleeps 4
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    £230 in low season to £730 in high season.
     
    Holiday flats at Constantine Bay near Padstow, 200 yards from the beach. Large grassed garden, parking and WiFi. **Prices based on 2 sharing. Visit website for accurate pricing**
     
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  • Harlyn Bay   (2.1 miles from the centre of Padstow)
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    £310
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    Only 400 yards from Harlyn Beach/Country views
     
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  • St Merryn   (2.8 miles from the centre of Padstow)
    Sleeps 5
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    £376
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    This bright, well presented, detached holiday home is set in St Merryn Holiday Village, which has a number of facilities including a bar, convenience store and tennis courts. Th...
     
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  • Trevone   (1.4 miles from the centre of Padstow)
    Sleeps 6
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    £452
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    Chy Vean is a single storey property in a quiet cul de sac in the delightful village of Trevone. The holiday property is finished to a very good standard with plenty of natural ...
     
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