Introduction to Padstow
Padstow used to be a quiet little fishing village, until Rick Stein caused quite a stir here with his fish restaurant. After the harbour town was been featured widely on TV, more and more tourist started to come here. Yet, the town has managed not to sell out and has managed to keep its traditional charm.
These days, Padstow is one of Cornwall's most upmarket holiday destinations and is especially famous for its many seafood restaurants, but there is much more to see and do ‐ although there's nothing wrong with spending a holiday wining and dining!
Culture & attractions in Padstow
If you want to party like Prince William, you can take a ferry to Rock, which used to be a popular party spot for the prince and his friends. But in general, celebrations in Padstow are a bit more down to earth and show strong ties to its history and Cornish traditions. Each May, the Obby Oss festival let's Cornwalls' celtic history come back to life. The nearby village of Wadebridge hosts the Royal Cornwall Show in June, a combination of country fair and sports festival.
A trip to the the National Lobster Hatchery at the south quay is a fun and educational trip for both children and adults: most of us think of lobster only as a luxury food, but the tiny critters lead a surprisingly exciting life. Should you discover your heart for lobsters here, you can even adopt one for a few pounds a month!
The 16th century Prideaux Place is an Elizabethan manor that was only restored about 20 years ago ‐ looking at it now, it's impossible to imagine how anyone could have forgotten about it for many decades. Apart from visiting the stunning grounds and building, there are also many events taking place here all year round.
Must-do highlights in Padstow
Since it has been featured on TV thanks to Rick Stein, Padstow has become somewhat of a foodie destination and attracts many people just for its fresh seafood.
The best thing about basing yourself in Padstow during your holiday is it's location close to around a dozen wonderful beaches, several of which have received national awards. Even if you are visiting outside the summer high season, it's worth visiting to walk along the beaches and the great views over the estuary.
There's no reason not to move when it's too cold to swim: if you are a bit more ambitious and up for more than a walk at the beach, walk or cycle the Camel Trail! The former railway track runs from Padstow to Poley's Bridge and is great for spotting rare sea birds. The trail is 17 miles long, perfect for a day trip by bike.
If that's not long enough, Padstow is also located along the South West Coast Path that takes you all around Cornwall (but you're allowed to cheat and just walk a small part of it).
Eating & Drinking in Padstow
Padstow has received a lot of attention in recent years because of celebrity chef Rick Stein, but the food scene here is much more varied than that. The local harbour still is an active fishing harbour, which means you can enjoy excellent fresh seafood in many of the restaurants.
If you want to know what all the fuss is about, though, you can find Rick Stein's restaurant at the south quay ‐ don't forget to reserve in advance!
For a more international experience, head to Rojango's, a Padstow institution now owned by Paul Ainsworth serving Italian influenced cuisine. The nearby Seafood Restaurant says what it does on the tin ‐ and while you dine on lobster, prawns and other seafood, you can watch the fishing nets coming back into the harbour.
Accommodation in Padstow
You can choose from an abundance of self-catering apartments, houses and cottages in and around Padstow. No matter if you are travelling with a large group or just two people, you will find something that matches your requirements and budget!
The small village of Little Petherick is perfect for a family getaway and is just 2 miles away from Padstow. 12 Rosehill Lodge has three bedrooms and has space for up to two people. On a rainy day, you can spend your time playing pool or board games, and on sunny days, you can enjoy the sun on the balcony and deck!
If you want to be close to the beach, 5 Jubilee Close in St Marryn is perfect: the 4 bedroom house is located near Harlyn Bay beach and offers its own garden as well as parking space for two cars.
So that's our round up of things to do on a weekend in Padstow. Have you ever been there? What would you recommend doing if someone went there for the weekend? Please share you experience with us…