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Found at the very top of the Camel Estuary, Padstow is a delightful working port surrounded by glorious beaches, rugged cliff tops and quiet coves. If you are looking for that perfect destination for your holiday in Cornwall, then Padstow is a great choice, catering for all tastes and offering plenty of things to see and do.
We have a fantastic range of holiday cottages in Padstow which mean you can enjoy your Cornwall holiday just the way you want to. You can enjoy waking up to sea and river views, which adds that little extra to your holiday or you might like to indulge in one of our properties with hot tubs in which case our luxury cottages will be just what you need.
If you have little ones with you then we have plenty of family-friendly cottages, some of which are on working farms. Your children will love meeting all the baby animals and watching them graze in the fields. Likewise, our dog-friendly cottages mean that your four-legged friend doesn’t have to miss out on the family holiday.
Things to do in Padstow
Padstow is the starting point of the well-known 18 mile Camel Cycle Trail which runs along a disused railway between Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wendford-bridge. Heading through a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation, the route takes in the Camel Estuary and on through the Camel Valley to Bodmin. This is a fantastic way to take in the beauty of North Cornwall. If you don’t own a bike then not to worry, there are plenty of places to hire one such as Go By Cycle which will even deliver the bike to your accommodation.
If you prefer to set off on foot you can easily access the South West Coast Path from Padstow, which, instead of taking you inland, meanders along the coastline and takes in beautiful scenery, hidden coves and untouched beaches. Just south of Padstow you’ll find Trevose Head, one of the county’s most prominent headlands. Keep going south and you’ll reach Mawgan Porth and the vibrant town of Newquay.
Leave the land behind between Easter and October and explore the Camel Estuary with Padstow boat trips, a great opportunity to get a different perspective on the seaside town. Get closer to Cornwall’s marine wildlife and seabirds on the gentle Jubilee Queen boat and enjoy informative talks while aboard. If you live life in the fast lane then you might enjoy a trip on one of the speedboats, or maybe you fancy trying your hand at a spot of fishing on one of the angling trips.
You could visit the small attraction of the National Lobster Hatchery, a charity that aims to preserve lobsters and the rich coastal heritage. Watch the little critters and see them at different stages of their life.
For a little history combined with family-fun out that you will all love, head to the Elizabethan manor of Prideaux Place. Since it was built in 1592 it has remained within the same family and holds a special place on the Cornish coastline. Take a tour of the intriguing house, explore the quintessential English gardens and see how many deer you can spot in Deer Park. Children will love all the space to run around and the pretty gardens are perfect for playing hide-and-seek. There is also a café on site for when you need a bit to eat.
You can also discover Padstow’s history at Padstow museum, found on the harbour side. It offers an insight into how Padstow has developed as a working port.
Of course if you just fancy a traditional day on the beach, then near to Padstow you will find seven of the 300 plus throughout Cornwall. The magnificent stretch of sand that runs from St George’s Cove to Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove is easily accessed from the South West Coast Path and is just a 10 minute stroll from Padstow. A little further and you will find Bedruthan Steps Beach. Although swimming is not permitted, Bedruthan Steps Beach is well worth a visit. It is cared for by the National Trust and is accessed via very steep steps, so take care.
Nearby Booby’s Bay sits in the shadow of Trevose Bay where the little ones will love exploring the rock pools at low tide, when you can also access the neighbouring Constantine Bay. Both beaches are dog-friendly and offer wide golden sands perfect for sunbathing and sandcastle-building.
Food and drink in Padstow.
Padstow is a dream foodie’s destination with plenty of fine-dining opportunities. Well-known for the restaurants of celebrity chefs Paul Ainsworth and Rick Stein, you can really treat yourself during your holiday in Padstow.
Rick Stein’s is a fantastic and very popular seafood restaurant serving only the very best local produce sourced from local fisherman, only a stone’s throw away from the restaurant’s front door. Likewise, Paul Ainsworth’s No. 6 serves fantastic food with a traditional Cornish feel.
Like any seaside town, sometimes you can’t beat traditional takeaway fish and chips from one of the harbour-front shops. Settle down on the harbour wall and watch as the busy port closes down for the night, the boats bob in the water and the evening sun begins to ebb away.
If you think Padstow seems like a great choice for your next holiday in Cornwall then take a look at our Padstow cottages to find the perfect base.