Other local activities
- The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall, inside the two bio domes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. It is approximately 20 miles away
- Falmouth maritime museum is located at a Harbour side building in Falmouth. The three galleries are devoted to the maritime history of Cornwall and include Cornish fishing, trading, boat building, wrecks and emigration and includes a display of historical boats. It is approximately 35 miles away
- Port Isaac is a small and picturesque fishing village where the TV series Doc Martin was filmed. It is approximately 15 miles away
- Visit Rock via the regular foot ferry from Padstow Quay and mingle with the odd celebrity, millionaire and Politician, have lunch at the Rock Inn and look across the estuary at the fantastic views. The church at St Endoc close by, best known for its association with John Betjeman who was the former poet laureate is well worth a visit.
- Prideaux Place on the outskirts of Padstow is a stunningly beautiful Elizabethan manor house and has been the home of the Prideaux family for over 400 years. You can have tours of the house and enjoy a cream tea
- Truro cathedral city is the main shopping centre for Cornwall, it has many quirky shops in the city centre and theatre and cinemas. It is approximately 25 miles away.
- Newquay is the mecca for night life and iconic surfing beaches. On the sea front the blue reef aquarium features an underground tunnel going through a coral reef tank with sharks and stingrays, there is also a zoo and botanical gardens. It is approximately 20 miles away
- Trevibban mill vineyard, tucked away down a campion-lined Cornish lane is a working vineyard and winery where they have a restaurant, wine tours and tastings. It is approximately 4 miles away.
MORE THAN A BRITISH SEASIDE TOWN.
Padstow boasts a wealth of galleries amongst its winding streets including intimate cafes and tea rooms. Rick Steins, along with many other restaurants, make it a favourite area for Cornish eating. The A39, 2 miles away, links north and south Cornwall and is ideal for exploring attractions such as The Eden Project, Tate Gallery at St Ives, Minack Theatre and many more. For cycling enthusiasts the Camel Trail offers traffic free cycling and walking winding its way through Wadebridge and Bodmin.
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. READ MORE.
The Camel Trail
The Camel Trail is arguably the most successful recreational trail in the UK, providing access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. As the final leg of the Atlantic Coast Express journey from Waterloo, winding alongside the spectacular Camel Estuary, the line was immortalised in ‘Betjeman’s Cornwall’ as “the most beautiful train journey I know”
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