village with the church of 'St.Nonna', also known as the 'Cathedral of the
village, Benjamin described the Church as "dazzling and amazing" - Good ale
Town, mentioned in Doomsday Book. Lanhydrock (NT) & Pencarrow close by.
Bodmin Moor -
Granite moorland with summits Brown Willy (1377ft) and Rough Tor.
Harbour & 16th C Quay, dramatic coastline.
spectacular cliffs, great surf. Hosts annual Jazz festival.
When the ancient Cornish settled in the area many centuries ago they chose
the site for Padstow with great care and foresight. Nestling in a narrow
gulley on the western side of the River Camel estuary,the town is sheltered
from the prevailing winds and the air is generally soft and balmy.Moving
down the hill the buildings huddle closer together until they crowd around
the harbour. There you’ll find a great mixture of houses, quays, boat slips,
inns, cafés and restaurants, gift and craft shops, holiday cottages and food
shops, banks and the like. None of this was planned; it just evolved as the
years moved on. No architect could have designed the magic of Padstow. It is
just the result of years of adaptation to change, of getting the best out of
local materials and then using the buildings and the surrounding environment
to meet the needs of a working and friendly harbour town. The harbour is undoubtedly the strongest attraction in
the town and visitors find themselves drawn to it like a magnet. Fishing and
pleasure craft rock side-by-side on their moorings, children fish for crabs
from the harbour wall, quayside inns and cafes overlook the calm water.
There are seats all around the harbour and because there's always something
going on and it's such a restful and interesting place it's a favourite spot
for both locals and visitors. While you're here please try to set aside some
time to share in our heritage. Our museum may not be large but it does
contain many of our historic treasures and artefacts. The church too
reflects the life, past and present, of our seafaring town; a warm welcome
awaits you at its services as it does in the town's Methodist Chapel and
But the town
and its harbour is just the first step in getting to know the area. Walk or
cycle the Camel Trail toward Wadebridge, take a stroll along the estuary
footpath toward one of several sandy beaches or take the ferry across the
river to Rock. There's something for everyone and for all tastes in Padstow
and the surrounding area; we hope you enjoy your stay and that you will come
back again soon. Just remember to slow down!
Leave behind the high summer hustle and bustle and Padstow steadies to a
more leisurely pace. Outside the main visitor season, there's more time and
space for everyone to appreciate the true beauty of the area. To spend time
soaking up the atmosphere on the quay, to watch the nets being mended or the
fishing catch landed or to just stroll along the deserted shoreline or over
the cliff path.The natural beauty of the area – its
rugged coastline, sweeping sandy beaches, quiet coves and fabulous walks, is
probably its main attraction. But there is much more to do and see. At the
centre of all activity is the harbour. Brass band concerts are held
regularly, visiting entertainers often perform on the quayside, fishing and
pleasure trips depart from there and much social activity is conducted from
the harbourside cafes, restaurants and pubs. Treat yourself to a wreck, reef
or bottom fishing trip or a fun-for-all-the family mackerel trip out in the
bay. Or try a high powered speedboat trip or more leisurely cruise aboard
the Jubilee Queen for a trip along the fabulous coastline. And if dry land
is more your scene there’s the National Lobster Hatchery where you can
discover the fascinating world of lobsters and their environment. Then
there's the Padstow Town Museum where you can step back in time and discover
the history of Padstow through its Obby Oss, Railway and Lifeboat displays.
The Museum is open from Easter to the end of October and is run by
Information in Padstow
Information Centre, situated in the Red Brick Building
on North Quay, offers a wide range of services
include: Internet access, Sales - Eden & local events
tickets, Books, maps, guides, Travel information & Local
The Tourist Office has a
great PADSTOW GUIDE, and can be downloaded, posted or
just view all the information for a wealth of local
information, on the
www.padstowlive.com website - the staff at the
office are really great and would be more than happy to
help you have a great holiday
buried at the church of St. Enodoc in the sandy dunes. Polzeath & Daymer Bay
front the Camel Estuary. Fine walks over Pentire Head.
Port Isaac -
harbour since the middle ages, hillside village with narrow streets. It
has even been the setting from films such as the popular comedy Saving Grace
and the popular TV series Doc Martin. Nearby you will find more to
explore at Port Quin, Port Gaverne and St Endellion
Across the estuary
from Padstow (passenger ferry service) - popular water sport venue including
Windsurfing, dinghy sailing and water ski-ing.
St Cleer -
village with nearby Sibliback Lake and beautiful 'Golitha' falls nearby.
castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Old Post Office (NT).
with Annual Royal Cornwall show every June. Camel trail (old victorian rail
route) follows river to either Padstow or Bodmin.
Whether interests are in Walking,
Bathing, Surfing, Gardening, Sports, Family attractions, History, Legends, Food, Art,
or just simply escaping from it all - there are numerous locations well
within an hours drive or a 5 minute walk to fulfil a memorable holiday!
OF COURSE THERE IS THE WHOLE OF CORNWALL
TO EXPLORE - NOT JUST THE NORTH COAST AND THE BODMIN MOOR - CHECK IT ALL OUT
WITH THE LINK BELOW!
VISIT CORNWALL IS
THE OFFICIAL COUNTY VISITOR SERVICE, OF WHICH WE ARE A MEMBER, ON THEIR
WEBSITE THERE ARE SOME FABULOUS VIDEO POSTCARDS AND IDEAS FOR DAYS OUT IN
THE COUNTY OF CORNWALL - TAKE A LOOK AT THE WEBSITE -
PACKED WITH INFORMATION BUT PLEASE REMEMBER TO COME BACK TO US!! HAPPY