Famous for Rick Stein’s acclaimed restaurants, pubs and fish and chip shop, Padstow offers a little glamour to perfectly traditional North Cornwall holidays. Narrow streets leading down to a working harbour present the picture-postcard town where you can visit one of the many resident craft shops or indulge in some glorious local food in one of the town’s fantastic cafes.
Set on the north coast of Cornwall, Padstow’s proximity to a number of delightful beaches means it’s an ideal spot to find yourself the perfect place for a pasty picnic or a boat trip across the water to fashionable Rock.
With family friendly beaches as well as surfing paradises just a short trip away, Padstow gives you the opportunity to have Cornwall holidays your way. The small harbour is filled with boats and you can watch the fishermen as they come to shore with their fresh daily catch. On dry land, the Camel Trail, which ends in Padstow, gives walkers and cyclists a great chance to explore 18 miles of coastline either by foot or by bike.
For those of you that do enjoy walking and have a four legged friend that does too, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Padstow is a great location for walkies and games of fetch, as there are also links to the South West Coast Path. The majority of pubs and cafes in the area are also dog friendly so your pooch can come along for lunch as well.
Padstow Museum offers a look back into the history of this wonderful fishing port, while if you’re looking for even more history you can take your time to wander through the lovely rooms and gardens of Prideaux Place. The National Lobster Hatchery is another of Padstow’s unique attractions, where you can learn all about the fishing trade as well as observing some of the many fascinating sea creatures before they’re released into the sea.
If you want to have a go at catching some yourself, then why not try your hand at crabbing? The inner harbour is renowned as the best spot for this, so make sure to head there once you’ve purchased your crabbing line, bucket and bait (we recommend bacon!).
The small harbour is filled with boats and you can watch the fishermen as they come to shore with their fresh daily catch
As Padstow lies on the banks of the River Camel, there are many opportunities to view the spectacular scenery from the water. Hop on board one of the ferries for a river cruise or instead book yourself a fishing trip and spend a day in the life of one of the local fishermen.
With such a delightful charming setting, Padstow holidays are ever popular year on year so make sure to take a look at our fantastic collection of accommodation to secure your next break in Cornwall.