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Local Area Guide

Padstow on the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall is a unique unspoilt working fishing port. It has a magical atmosphere that draws people back here year after year.

Surrounded by spectacular seascapes and countryside, the location provides the visitor with a host of activities and things to see and do.

The town has a beautiful harbour surrounded by restaurants, shops and inns, which cater for all tastes and budgets. Beyond the harbour you will find a quieter atmosphere in the narrow streets filled with colour washed cottages and houses.

Activities include all types of water sports, boat trips and cycling on the Camel Trail. Prideaux Place, the National Lobster Hatchery and the small museum are also not to be missed.

For those looking for relaxation, the golden sands of St George’s Well, Tregirls Cove and Hawkers Cove are within easy walking distance. Hop on the ferry across to Rock on the other side of the estuary, here Daymer Bay and the church of St Enodoc, the burial place of Sir John Betjeman, can be visited.

Padstow is famous for its Obby Oss Festival which takes place on 1st May each year celebrating the coming of Summer, throughout which, open air concerts are performed on the bandstand next to the harbour.

Because of its sheltered position and mild climate Padstow has become an all year round resort. Christmas is made extra special when in early December the town and harbour lights are switched on accompanied by carol singers, bands and mulled wine.

Boat Trips from Padstow

Fancy a trip on the water? Boat trips are available from harbour out into the Camel Estuary.

Catch the Ferry to Rock

On the opposite side of the Camel Estuary is Rock. A sailors delight with beautiful bays and sandy beaches.

Constantine Bay Beach

Constantine Bay beach offers a sweeping arc of gently shelving soft pale sands.

Harlyn Bay Beach

A perfect family beach, on the eastern side of Trevose Head, just west of Padstow.

National Lobster Hatchery

On the North Quay of Padstow is The National Lobster Hatchery, a conservation project to assist lobster stocks around our coastline.

Obby Oss Festival

The Obby Oss Festival takes place on the 1st of May each year when Padstow celebrates the coming of summer.

Padstow Museum

Visit the brand new Padstow Museum on South Quay Padstow – free entry.

Prideaux Place

An Elizabethan House within extensive grounds, which include a deer park, Prideaux Place has been the home of the Prideaux family for approximately 400 years.

Stepper Point to Padstow walk

Like a spot of walking? Then take the a 6 mile stunning headland walk along the South West Coast Path.

The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is Cornwall’s premier cycling route, it runs along the old Padstow to Bodmin railway line.

The Seafood Restaurant

Since opening twenty five years ago Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant has established national reputation for imaginative cooking of the freshest fish available.

Trevone Bay Beach

Trevone Bay beach is just to the south of Trevose Head – the home of a wonderful lighthouse!