• Picturesque fishing port
  • Rick Stein“s Cookery School & Restaurants
  • Excellent shopping
  • Boat trips and walks along the Camel Estuary

Padstow, situated on the North Cornish coast, between Bude and Newquay, is an “Old World“ fishing port with great charm and character.

It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty with wonderful bays and beautiful golden beaches. The town itself has a colourful and ancient history. Old crooked streets slope down to the harbour where many fine medieval buildings can still be seen. Today Padstow remains a working fishing port whose produce has been made famous by Rick Stein“s television series and acclaimed Seafood Restaurant.

From Padstow harbour you have a wonderful vantage point to watch the small fleet of daily fishing boats and the antics of holidaymakers "messing about in boats". You will find beaches within walking distance of the Harbour, or a short drive along the coast will take you to some of the finest beaches in Cornwall.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Padstow and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

Dining out in Padstow is certainly no hardship. Rick Stein has opened no less than five eateries - The Seafood Restaurant, the Bistro at St Petroc“s, Rick Stein“s Cafe, The Seafood Deli, and Stein“s Patisserie. From the Deli you can pick up hot takeaway snacks such as Goan Fish Curry, Stir-fried Salt and Pepper Squid and Mexican Fish Tacos. But in case you need a change from this unrelenting excellence, there are any number of other restaurants, cafes, pubs, and takeaways many of whom also subscribe to Rick Stein“s philosophy of making the most out of perfectly prepared, fresh Cornish produce.

There are plenty of boat trips available with a regular ferry from Padstow to Rock on the other side of the Estuary. There are boats that will take you on a pleasure trip to see the wildlife and coastline and then, if you fancy catching your own supper, there are a variety of fishing trips.

Shopping in Padstow is lovely; all types of shops are available from Delis, Ice Cream parlours, clothes, bespoke furniture, Art Galleries to beachware there is plenty to choose from for gifts to take home or to find something special for yourself.

There is a large choice of accommodation within the town itself and on the outskirts; also worth a visit is the National Lobster Hatchery located in the large car park on the right handside of the front as you face the estuary. Here, you can also hire bikes and take a leisurely cycle along the Camel Trail which runs alongside the beautiful Camel Estuary to Wadebridge and then on through wooded glades to Bodmin.

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