Visiting Padstow - Cornwall

Description of Padstow

Situated on the north coast of Cornwall, Padstow is a fishing port and in the last census dating back to 2001, has a population of just over 3,000. With its harbour surrounded by restaurants, inns, cafés and craft shops, there is plenty to keep you occupied. Nestled in on the western side of the River Camel estuary, it is sheltered from winds and the air is usually balmy and its weather makes it an ideal spot for a weekend getaway.

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Padstow Sealife Safaris is a great way to discover the beautiful Cornish coast. Sailing out of Padstow harbour, there are several sailing trips that you can choose from. From dolphin spotting to a mackerel fishing trip, there is something to suit everyone’s taste. Take their two hour boat trip to go wildlife watching and see if you can spot the dolphins, porpoises, seals or even sharks. An ideal way of spending an afternoon for adults and children alike. (Boat trip: Children £25 Adults £35)Why not take a cookery lesson at Rick Stein’s Padstow Seafood School? Spend the morning cooking fresh seafood with some of the best chefs, and enjoy all your hard work at lunch with your fellow students in a great atmosphere. There’s a wide selection of cookery classes- from children’s classes to summer cooking or even Thai fish cookery classes- there’s a class for all ages and ability. The school also offers hotel accommodation-40 beautifully decorated rooms in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. (For more information: are also plenty of things to do and see in the surrounding area. Well worth visiting is the Eden Project, which some people call the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. It is a global garden housed in various biomes in an area the size of 30 football pitches! Discover plants from all over the world, for example, in the Humid Tropics Biome or the Warm Temperate Biome. Lots of activities are also organised year round, for example, horticulture courses for fans of gardening, or take part in the Eden Project Marathon which takes place in October open to all levels of runners, from children to adults. A great day out for the whole family! If you are in search of a little culture, then visit Prideaux Place. It is one of the oldest houses in the West Country. It is situated on a hill above Padstow Harbour and provides amazing views of the Camel Estuary and beyond Bodmin Moor. The house, which is still occupied by members of the Prideaux family, provides a fascinating insight into Cornish life and history. It is also used as a film and television location and many famous actors such as Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes have filmed here. Activities are also organised in the mansion’s grounds such as picnics or open air concerts. ( to stay:Cyntwell B&BA 275 year old cottage situated in the centre of Padstow, 150 metres from the harbour. Prices from £75 per room with breakfast included4, Cross Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8ATWhere to eat:Old Custom HouseRecently refurbished and housed in a listed building, the restaurant uses the finest and freshest local produce in its extensive fish and seafood menuPadstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BL

Did you know ?

Cornwall is an older nation than England and in 2002, the Cornish language gained official recognition from the UK government.

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Found on the west bank of the River Camel on the north coast of Cornwall in South West England, Padstow is a town, civil parish, and port with a population of 3,162. Historically a fishing port, the town is now a popular tourist destination thanks to its dramatic coastline and pleasant harbours. Holidaymakers also come to the town to eat at the restaurants and cafés run by the successful restaurateur Rick Stein. Padstow is famous for the Obby Oss festival that takes place every May. The town is also home to a midwinter celebration which features a parade. Padstow has a mild climate with cool to warm summers and mild winters. The average high temperature in summer is 20°C with night time lows near 13°C. The water temperature during the summer months is typically around 15°C. In winter, the average high temperature is 9°C with lows around 3°C. Precipitation is spread throughout the year with summer having the fewest rainy days.