The best things to do and see in Padstow


Padstow is a postcard-perfect town and one of the most popular tourist locations in the whole of Cornwall. It’s not hard to see why it makes it on the top things to do and see in Cornwall, it’s gorgeous. You’ll have fallen in love at first sight and that’s before you’ve even tucked into the Michelin star restaurants and the activities on offer here. Padstow is known as the ‘foodie’ capital of Cornwall so if you’re someone that appreciates fresh fish, award-winning ice cream and pasties – you’re heading to the right place.
In this post, I’m going to take you through the best things to do and see in Padstow to help you plan your Padstow trip. Where is Padstow? This stunning gorgeous fishing post is located on the North Coast of Cornwall and is sat on the Camel Estuary opening it up to a plethora of activities beyond exploring the maze of quaint streets and old fisherman’s cottages’ that lead you through the village itself.
Padstow is a 16-mile drive (30 minutes) north of Newquay, making it the perfect addition to a Cornwall road trip if you’re in the area. Whilst exploring Padstow, I parked up my campervan at Padstow Holiday Village, a gorgeous camping and touring park by Lovat Parks. My favourite privilege that came with my stay was (aside from the hot showers obviously) that it removed the faf of finding a parking space in Padstow which, let’s face it, can be hard to come by in the summer months of July and August when tourism peaks.
From Padstow Holiday Village you can leave your campervan/tent in safety and take the 25-minute walk through the countryside down and into the village. This saves both time and money when you remove the parking situation. I loved my stay and am excited to check out their other Cornwall campsite (Morgan Porth) and their New Forest (Wiltshire) campsite in the coming months. Time it with a little sunshine and you have yourself the dreamiest adventure. We did anyway!
We hired two bikes from Padstow Cycle Hire (located right on the main car park) and completed 15miles on our bikes whilst chatting away and soaking up the beautiful route along the Camel Estuary from Padstow to nearly Bodmin. Tip: Particularly in peak season the bikes get booked up. You can reserve for the mornings but if you miss that bike boat, you can turn up and do a half-day hire from 3pm! Which also saves you £5. You just need to return them by 8pm.
Roskilly’s ice cream is another must when in Cornwall and luckily for you… they have a shop right on the harbour front. Perhaps a post pasty treat? What makes the ice cream so special? They only ever use their own milk and cream from their lovely Jersey herd, which graze on pastures that have been farmed in a traditional and sustainable way for generations down here on their organic, working farm on the Lizard peninsular in Cornwall. Padstow for me is exactly this… Grabbing a takeaway and sitting on the harbour wall. There’s nothing better than watching the world, the seagulls and the boats go by as you are comforted by the sound of other explorers discovering Padstow. You’re never too far from someone with a crab line either. A popular activity for all ages on the harbour here. Grab a fishing line from one of the many shops here for a post pasty activity!