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Padstow is a small old-world fishing town set on Cornwall’s shimmering northern coast, and resting on the banks of the glistening River Camel. Padstow’s small but friendly local population give this town a distinct and welcoming local charm infused with an infectious neighbourly attitude. Padstow boasts a smooth-curved small harbour, speckled with bobbing white-washed boats. The town’s family-run cafés and restaurants serve up simmering, fresh-caught fish, and cosy taverns provide traditional live music.

Things to see

Padstow’s small and quaint size means that you can explore the town on foot. First on the list of spectacular sights must be the church of St Petroc, said to have been founded by the Welsh missionary Saint Petroc, who arrived in Cornwall around 500 AD. This magical church - built in the 13th century - boasts enormous interior timbered arches, bright green grounds and a vast, detailed facade of smooth grey stone. After, walk part of the Camel trail, an idyllic hiking and biking trail set on an overgrown and disused railway line. It gently curves along the sparkling Camel river, and runs along the coast right past Padstow. Drive the short distance - or ride on the reliable bus service - to the nearby Eden Project, a dazzling centre of botanical gardens - set in enormous translucent domes - that boast bold pink, purple and red exotic flowers, towering rare trees and dreamy butterfly houses.

Hotels in Padstow

Central Padstow hotels offer refined 4-star accommodation, with large rooms, friendly and reliable service, and indulgent in-house bars. These hotels often look across the gentle harbour, where the sail-studded waters make for unforgettable morning views. Central Padstow also provides a selection of family-run inns and guesthouses, where the homely rooms are matched by the neighbourly service. But to really experience the Cornwall countryside, pitch a tent at one of the many well-maintained campgrounds that surround Padstow, and wake up rejuvenated to the sound of crashing waves and the smell of the fresh sea breeze.

Where to stay

For those seeking to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, central Padstow’s hotels and inns are the place to stay. The narrow cobbled streets echo with the friendly chatter of local families, and are lined with lemon-scented seafood restaurants, fire-lit pubs and sunny outdoor cafés. The camping grounds and caravan parks of western Treyarnon make for a revitalising visit soaked in nature, where the surrounding coast is home to fine-sanded beaches, forest reserves and hidden coves. For those seeking more urban-excitement, the energetic seaside resort town of Newquay is a short distance down the coast.

How to get to Padstow

Perched like a rare diamond atop the gold-coloured Cornish coast, Padstow is justly tricky to get to, however this does mean that it remains an unblemished haven. The nearest railway station is Bodmin Parkway - a 40 minute drive or bus ride away - which serves Plymouth, Penzance, and overnight services to London. Padstow is just off the A39, a road which winds through the green countryside and eventually connects to the M5 motorway, which will speed you along north to Bristol and beyond. Friendly and affordable bus services connect Padstow to its surrounding towns, such as Newquay and Wadebridge.