There are plenty of things to see and do in and around Padstow. Here are some of the top recommendations from our team.
Prideaux Place is worth a visit while staying in the area. Here, you can explore the grounds of this impressive Elizabethan manor house, with its immaculate gardens and scenic deer park. The house itself is currently closed to visitors.
Learn all about the important marine conversation work of this lovely charity at the Padstow visitor centre of the National Lobster Hatchery. Using a combination of skill and technology, the charity improves the survival rates of baby lobsters before releasing them in the ocean to help stabilise local stocks of the popular seafood.
You can hire a bike for cycling trips along this safe, off-road route. The scenic trail hugs the shore of the estuary to Wadebridge and then winds along the river and through woodlands to Bodmin and beyond. It’s 18-mile in length oneway, but the 10 miles to Wadebridge and back will be enough for most families.
If there’s one activity you should try in Cornwall, it’s surfing. We’re lucky to have some exceptional surfing beaches close to Padstow, including Harlyn, Constantine and Mawgan Porth. If this is your first time, there are surfing lessons available with Harlyn Surf School.
At high tide, the huge expanse of flat water on the Camel Estuary is perfect for carving on a pair of skis or a wakeboard. The Camel Ski School at Rock offers lessons for beginners and intermediates, and even do pick-ups from Padstow.
Stand up paddleboarding is a great way to explore the coastal scenery and there are numerous spots to explore, including the north coast beaches when the surf is small. Some companies also offer SUP tours from Padstow to explore the coves and inlets of the Camel Estuary
The Tide Climbing Centre is a brand new climbing complex near Padstow. Here, you can learn to climb using ropes or test your skill on the vast bouldering walls. As well as being fun and challenging, the indoor venue offers a great wet day activity for families.
Experience the thrill of a speedboat ride around the mouth of the Camel Estuary. This high-speed adventure promises to transport you for six miles across the water in just 15 minutes, with the occasional stop to admire the coastal scenery.
Take to the water at a slower pace on a fishing trip from Padstow. The waters around the mouth of the Padstow Estuary are fertile fishing grounds, and guests can expect to haul in mackerel, sea bass and pollack.
You can learn all about the marine environment and wildlife around Padstow on a sea safari from the harbour. Sightings can include dolphins, seals, all sorts of sea birds and even puffins.
Ever wanted to grow your own produce? Well, you can learn from the best at the Padstow Kitchen Garden where farmer and chef Ross Geach teaches the art of growing vegetables. Note: there are no events planned at the moment due to coronavirus restrictions but the farm shop is open.
Visit the beautiful Cornish vineyard, which produces delicious award-winning wines. Learn about the wine-making process and then sample some of the wines in the scenic tasting room.
If beer is more your thing, head over to Padstow Brewery to find out how they make their tasty ales and lagers.
Learn how to prepare and cook fish and seafood from top chefs at Rick Stein’s Cookery School. Courses available at the dedicated training kitchen are inspired by Rick’s extensive travels at home and abroad.
If you’d like someone to show you around the best places in Cornwall, you may want to take a guided trip with Tour Cornwall. Tours include local history, wildlife and specialist subjects such as places with Poldark connections.
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