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The gorgeous seaside town of Padstow sits on the western side of the Camel estuary in North Cornwall. It offers visitors wonderful golden beaches and some of the finest dining in all of Cornwall. For over four thousand years visitors have been mesmerised by the beauty and charm of this ancient port. There is so much to see and do, and visitors can take advantage of a wide choice of high-quality holiday accommodation.

To fully appreciate this atmospheric small coastal town, you’ll need to know something of its history. It is believed that this part of the Cornish coast was first visited over 4,000 years ago by travellers from Brittany on their way to Ireland. However, no settlement was recorded here until the 6th century. St Petroc, said to be the son of a Welsh prince, was believed to be the first to settle in the area. Having studied in Ireland, he founded a monastery at Lanwethinoc, now the site of modern-day Padstow. Up until medieval times Padstow remained a religious centre; it served as a refuge for criminals, and other monasteries and hermitages were built here. In later years, Padstow’s reputation as a port grew: fishing, trading, and shipbuilding became thriving businesses.

Padstow has paid host to a number of famous visitors throughout its history. In the 16th century the explorer Sir John Hawkins took shelter in the harbour on his journey back from the West Indies, and Sir Martin Frobisher visited before he set out on his expedition to search for the North West Passage to China in the late 1500s. Perhaps the most noted citizen of Padstow was the renowned Sir Walter Raleigh, who lived here for several years. He served as Warden of Cornwall, and his courthouse still stands today (although it is currently not open to the public).

File 1867Today, Padstow is alive with history. You’ll find medieval buildings, atmospheric old shipyards, fleets of fishing boats, and bustling markets and absorbing shops. You can walk or cycle along the many trails and footpaths that have been constructed along the old railway tracks that once brought booming business to the town. There are spectacular views of the beautiful river Camel and its estuary to enjoy. Around and about are historic stately homes open to the public, with stunning architecture and gardens and parks rich in wildlife. The natural beauty of this part of North Cornwall, and its wealth of historical interest, makes Padstow unique as a touring centre.

If boating and fishing are your preferred ways of relaxing, Padstow is the holiday town for you. You can enjoy yachting, sailing, and fishing trips, and if you are looking for something more adventurous there’s the thrill of a ride on a speedboat. If you’re a sunbather looking for lazy days on the beach, there are miles of gorgeous coast. Here you can watch the boats pass by, enjoy a picnic, relax and unwind – and as evening draws on the sunsets will take your breath away. Or you can take a dinner cruise from the harbour and experience the glorious spectacle on board ship.

With its strong tradition of fishing, it is not surprising that Padstow has become a centre of outstanding seafood cuisine: it may be a small town, but you will find a huge choice of restaurants, some celebrated and world-famous, and all offering great atmosphere and delicious meals.

Padstow, in the warm, balmy southwest, enjoys a favourable climate throughout the year, and for this reason it's a highly popular tourist destination. Nestling between the sea and beautiful countryside, it offers visitors good weather whatever the season - even the winter months are mild and calm compared with other parts of the British Isles.

File 1868Down the years, many of the beautiful houses and cottages in Padstow have been turned into high quality holiday accommodation. More and more are being refurbished and converted into holiday homes for those who wish to enjoy a break in this charming harbour town. You can choose one of the many cottages that are just a short walking distance from the quay - most offer superb sea views. Padstow’s holiday accommodation guarantees you an unforgettable home-from-home feeling, and most houses have every modern amenity including satellite television and an internet service. Many of the houses and cottages are several hundred years old, and from their pretty gardens you can enjoy wonderful prospects of the hills and the sea. If you’d prefer more up-to-date accommodation, there are plenty of flats, apartments, bungalows, and chalets offering tasteful, contemporary decor and every modern amenity.

A self-catering holiday is the ideal, inexpensive way for you to taste the delights of this appealing Cornish port. Several of its houses are large enough to accommodate sizeable families, and with their spacious fully equipped kitchens, they make it simple and convenient for you to prepare meals for large parties of people.

Padstow is a wonderful place to visit. Why not bring the family, and enjoy the glorious golden sands that edge its bright blue waters? And while you’re here, be sure to experience the rich variety of gourmet cuisine readily available. You’ll find Padstow the perfect venue for a family holiday. It’s also an ideal romantic hideaway, and perfect for rekindling your love affair with the natural life of both coast and countryside, and an ideal wedding venue.


All the accommodation in Padstow is, but a sea-gull's cry from its fascinating harbour.


'The Metropole', 'The Blue Bay Hotel', 'Old School Hotel', 'Well Parc Hotel' and 'Wheel Lodge Hotel’, will ensure that you have a warm and comfortable stay.


'Tzitzikama Lodge', 'The Old Barn', 'The Old School House' and 'St. Merryn Holiday Home', will happily welcome you into their tranquil space.

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Pituresque farmhouses and friendly homes like 'Ballaminer's House', 'West House', 'Porchester House', 'Armsyde' and 'Old Chapel House', offer you their services.


'Padstow Touring Park', 'Higher Harlyn Caravan Park', 'Moor to Shore' and 'St Minver's Holiday Park' is for those of you who want to experience the adventure of camping out.

“Working port wearing a holiday hat”

Beautiful beaches, luring landscapes, fun festivals, enticing eateries – all garnished liberally with olde Cornish charm... Padstow is one delectable dish that you just can't refuse!

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A busy little port during the times of Elizabeth 1st, the fishermen of Padstow now supply their catches to the many local fish restaurants which have become a major attraction for this town. Having a reputation for being one of the least affordable places in Cornwall, Padstow often finds a mention in the life of a certain celebrity chef. The May Day festival also known as Hobby Oss is celebrated in spring, which brings in people from all walks of life together. A cycle track near Padstow, which was formerly part of the camel Trail, runs along the riverside from Padstow to Wadebridge. This will prove to be a real treat for bird watchers since curlews, egrets and many other species frequent this area. Lined with inviting beaches and coves, which are not too far away, Padstow is sure to touch your memories, ever so gently.