Top 10 Things to Do in Padstow

Padstow Harbour

Relax by the Harbour

Padstow has a rich history, the harbour itself was first developed as a trading port in the Middle Ages and by the 19th century fishing had become the main industry. This is evident today when you stroll around the harbour, with fishing and recreational boats moored side by side. The relaxed atmosphere can be enjoyed by all, with shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants lining the harbour and surrounding narrow streets.

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Explore the Beautiful Beaches

Cornwall’s beaches are unrivalled elsewhere in Britain for their beauty and variety.  The area is often described as “seven bays for seven days” as you can visit a different beach every day of the week within only a couple of miles of Padstow Touring Park.
Why not get in the water and learn to surf at Harlyn or try out Coasteering at Polzeath.

Camel Trail Cycle Way Padstow to Bodmin

Cycle the Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is a disused railway, mostly level and traffic free, perfect for cyclists and walkers alike. The first five mile section clings to the edge of the Camel Estuary as it meanders towards the historic market town of Wadebridge. From Wadebridge the Trail follows the River Camel six miles, through woods past the Camel Valley Vineyard and into Bodmin. The route passes many old railway stations along the way, including Boscarne Junction, where you can take an exciting and nostalgic steam train ride.

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Dine out in Padstow

Padstow and the surrounding areas have an amazing collection of restaurants, bistros, pubs and take-aways serving some of the finest local food and drink, whatever your tastes. Rick Stein has a number of fantastic restaurants in Padstow, from his fish and chip shop to the fine dining experience of his Seafood Restaurant. Other great chefs like Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw are helping to establish Padstow area as a gastronomic destination.

Padstow to Rock Ferry

Take the Ferry to Rock

The Black Tor Ferry crosses the Camel Estuary, from Padstow to Rock, providing a short passenger crossing. Rock is a fascinating place to visit, with long fine sandy beaches stretching up to Daymer Bay and Polzeath.
Rock is also one of the major watersports centres in Cornwall with sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and canoeing on offer.

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Experience The Eden Project

Dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ by some, Eden is a dramatic global garden housed in huge biomes. Get hands-on in the interactive educational centre, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery as you walk from the Mediterranean to the Tropics. The Eden Project is only 25 miles from Padstow Touring Park, making it a hugely popular day out for all ages.

Prideaux Place Manor House Padstow Cornwall

Visit Prideaux Place

The prominent Prideaux family has lived in this exquisite house since Elizabeth I was on the throne. Their stunning family home, a beautiful Elizabethan manor house, over looks Padstow’s harbour. The house and gardens are open to the public, with fascinating guided tours.

The terraced tearooms offer light lunches and cream teas, with a stunning view of the estuary, overlooking the deer park.
Chough Bakery Cornish Pasties

Enjoy a Cornish Pasty

A real Cornish Pasty, fresh from the oven, a trip to Cornwall isn’t complete without one. The Chough Bakery offer award winning traditional pasties, with chunks of steak, swede, potato and onion, seasoned with pepper and spoon of Cornish clotted cream, baked in golden pastry.

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Walk the Southwest Coast Path

The Southwest Coast Path is a 630 mile path, which runs through Padstow. Maintained by the National Trust, it offers some of the most breathtaking and spectacular views. It is just a mile to Padstow from Padstow Touring Park, where you can walk up the Camel Estuary, and round the dramatic headland past Stepper Point, to Trevone Bay. A regular bus service makes it possible to walk sections of the path, and get a bus back to our site. Plymouth city bus timetables or First Kernow timetables may be useful.

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Book a Boat Trip

Experience a different view of Padstow and take a boat trip out of the harbour. Relax and enjoy a day cruise on the Jubilee Queen, or enjoy an exhilarating high speed trip. If you are interested in the amazing wildlife we have on the North Coast of Cornwall, a Sealife Safari could be just the thing for you, with a chance to see anything from puffins to dolphins. Sea fishing trips also run regularly from Padstow.
Have you got any places you love to go to when you are staying at Padstow Touring Park, let us know…