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Padsow and the local area

Padstow and local Area Map 

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. These include all types of water sports, speed boat trips, the Jubilee Queen’s Puffin Island trip 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.

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.

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.

Ferry to Rock | Boat Trips | Obby Oss Festival | Prideaux Place
National Lobster Hatchery | The Camel Trail | The Seafood Restaurant


Padstow to Rock Ferry

Catch the Ferry to Rock

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

A foot ferry 'Black Rock' operates throughout the day from the Quay to the Rock Pontoon.


Boat Trips from Padstow on the sea fury


Boat Trips from Padstow

High speed boat trips are available from harbour out into the Camel Estuary.

A lovely way to see the coastline is on The Jubilee Queen. It takes you to Puffin Island where if the season is right you will see hundreds of birds and maybe harmless basking sharks.

Various fishing trips such as mackerel and shark are also available daily leaving from the main harbour


Obby Oss Festival, May 1st, Padstow, Cornwall


Obby Oss Festival

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

The first greenery of the year; blue bells and hazel twigs are used to decorate the town.

The procession of the Oss, teasers, singers, dancers and musicians playing a hypnotic tune, parade through the narrow streets. The dance’s origins are believed to be pagan and it is one of the oldest remaining customs in England.

The whole town comes alive with drums and a party atmosphere which lasts from dawn until dusk.


Prideaux Place, Padtsow, Cornwall


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.

It has been used as an international film location. The house is filled with treasures, including royal and family portraits, fine furniture and the Prideaux Porcelain Collection.

The house has something for everyone from ghost stories to England’s oldest cast iron cannon, a house with a living history and a treasure trove of Cornish Life.


National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, Cornwall


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

Videos, interactive displays and a viewing area overlooking the brood stock tanks larval development and juvenile on growing areas are included in the visitor facility.



Camel Cycle Trail


The Camel Trail

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

The trail is 17 miles long but the most popular section is the Padstow to Wadebridge section which follows the edge of the spectacular Camel Estuary.

Cycles can be hired locally from Padstow Cycle Hire situated 100 yards from the start of the trail.


The Seafood Restaurant


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.

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