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Things to do in Padstow

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Padstow rests snugly in the Camel Estuary on the North Cornwall coast and offers plenty of great things to do.

This idyllic working fishing port is an exceptional holiday destination at any time of the year, and with its superb selection of activities and attractions, it is little wonder why!

Beaches in Padstow

One of the most popular things to do in Padstow is visiting its collection of beaches. The beaches that rest near Padstow are perfect for beachcombers, each one displaying glistening sands, sheltered coves and seemingly endless opportunities. Firstly, there is the sublime Harlyn Bay, which boasts a collection of rockpools and sand dunes, perfect for the young explorers of the group, whilst the Trevone Bay offers exceptional walking opportunities with breath-taking scenery!

Attractions in Padstow

Visiting Prideaux Place is a superb thing to do in Padstow for those interested in British history. This grand, Elizabethan manor house is now open to the public, along with its beautiful grounds. Moreover, Padstow Harbour is a stunning spot, offering a range of boutiques and restaurants. Treat yourselves to a meal at one of Rick Stein’s Padstow restaurants, serving the finest local seafood imaginable.

Activities in Padstow

Those looking for action-packed family Padstow days out can try Retallack Aqua Park. This top thing to do in Padstow features a floating obstacle course, a wake park, Water Zorbs and paddle-boarding, promising fun for all ages. However, for those seeking more leisurely moments, there is the Camel Trail to enjoy, offering the opportunity to relish in the Cornish countryside via a disused railway. Another great thing to do in Padstow includes the Seal Save Experience, where you can enjoy an exciting journey along the coastline, which borders Padstow to catch a glimpse of the resident seals peering out of the caves!

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  • Surfer at the beach

    Camel Ski School Ltd.

    Rock Road
    The Pontoon
    PL27 6LD


    For adventures on the Atlantic, head to Rock where adults and children alike can learn to ride the waves, or simply charter a boat and take in the scenery.

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  • Bedruthan Steps

    Carnewas at Bedruthan Steps

    Carnewas at Bedruthan
    PL27 7UW

    01637 860563

    Blow off the cobwebs with a walk along this ruggedly beautiful stretch of coastal land and explore the legend of Bedruthan Steps.

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  • Harlyn Bay

    Harlyn Bay

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    Known as one of Cornwall’s most popular family beaches, Harlyn Bay is a tremendous location with fascinating rock pools, sand dunes and watersports providing hours of seaside fun.

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  • Hawker’s Cove

    Hawker’s Cove

    S W Coast Path
    PL28 8HP

    Visitors can enjoy peaceful walks along this stretch of sandy beach off-the-beaten-track just a short distance from Padstow.

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  • Macdonald’s Farm

    Porthcothan Bay
    PL28 8LT


    A playground and farm in Padstow where visitors can get up close to animals and enjoy the great outdoors.

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  • Obby Oss
    Image Credits: Bryan Ledgard - CC BY 2.0

    Obby Oss

    19 Lanadwell St
    PL28 8AN


    Visitors in Cornwall for Mayday can head to this unique festival with Pagan origins in Padstow.

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  • Padstow Harbour

    Padstow Harbour

    PL28 8BY

    An important and picturesque harbour in town, with many of the fishermen supplying local shops and restaurants and a prominent attraction for visitors to admire the small selection of boats.

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  • Padstow Harbour to Harlyn Bay walk

    Padstow Harbour to Harlyn Bay

    PL28 8BY

    A challenging walk over rugged terrain with dramatic coastal views and waterfalls along the route.

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  • Padstow Lifeboat Station

    Padstow Lifeboat Station

    PL28 8SL


    Visit this lifeboat station at Mother Ivey’s Bay where you’ll get to see a lifeboat up close and here tales of dramatic rescues

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  • two women looking around museum

    Padstow Museum

    Station House PTC
    Station Rd
    PL28 8DN


    A charming museum run by volunteers showcasing the social and family history of Padstow.

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