By roadComing from Exeter, take the A30 to Bodmin. then drive through Wadebridge and onto Padstow.
Finding a parking space in Padstow itself is not a simple task in peak months. Use the Park & Ride near Tesco (Easter, May Day, Jun-Aug, £4/car, car park open 10AM-10PM but buses stop at 6PM).
By planeThe nearest airport is Newquay Airport (NQY), which has daily flights to London Stansted, London Gatwick and London Luton. When departing from Newquay Airport be prepared to pay £5 extra tax, which will go towards the extension of the terminal building. At present, there are no international flights except to Ireland and Germany, so you might have to change planes.
Take a train to Bodmin Parkway (you may have to change trains at Plymouth), there are several of these a day. There are bus connections from Bodmin to Padstow. The timetables of these buses are designed to fit around the big trains arriving.
All places in Padstow are within walking distance. The South West Coast Path also runs through part of the town.
phone: +44 1841 533877Located on the south quay, the national lobster hatchery rear lobsters to return back to the sea to relieve the strain from modern pressures.
phone: +44 1841 532411address: PL28 8RPAn old house located at the top of Padstow.
Padstow Lifeboat StationThe station is located just outside of padstow at Trevose head. The lifeboat station is open during the day to the public.
phone: +44 1841 532752address: Market Pl, PL28 8ALA small museum with local artefacts and documents related to Padstow itself and its docks.
The Camel TrailThis cycle path along a disused railway line links Padstow with Wadebridge and Bodmin. There are a couple of cycle hire places near the trail start, who also hire trailers for small kids. There are beautiful views of the Camel Estuary between Padstow and Wadebridge, whilst the section to Bodmin is mostly within a wooded valley with a gentle climb. The section in Wadebridge itself is on-road - less confident cyclists may prefer to walk this bit. Cafés and pasty shops in Wadebridge or stop for a cream tea at the Camel Trail Tea Garden.
- Take a day trip to Rock across the Camel estuary. The Black Tor ferry departs from the Ferry Slip in Padstow harbour every 20 minutes from 7:50AM with the last sailing back between 4:30PM and 7:30PM depending on the time of year (adults £3, children £2). A water taxi also operates in the evenings from 7PM to midnight.
Padstow has a lot of beaches within the local vicinity:
St George's Well
Others can be found across the other side of the estuary near Rock.
phone: +44 1841 532700address: 10 Middle St, PL28 8APA popular and much more informal alternative to the main restaurant for those who want a taste of Stein but who have less money to burn!
phone: +44 1841 532700address: South Quay, PL28 8BLSmall restaurant and popular takeaway - expect long queues at popular times of year.
phone: +44 1841 532700address: Riverside, PL28 8BYStein's most famous and pricey restaurant. Book weeks if not months in advance at peak times.
Other restaurants include:
phone: +44 1841 532796address: 9 Mill Square, PL28 8AEItalian restaurant specialising in Cornish produce.
phone: +44 1841 532554address: 6-8 Lanadwell St, PL28 8AN
phone: +44 1841 532797address: 19 Lanadwell St, PL28 8AN
The Shipwrights Innphone: +44 1841 532451address: North Quay, PL28 8AF
phone: +44 1841 532359address: South Quay, PL28 8BL
phone: +44 1841 533148address: Strand St, PL28 8BC
phone: +44 1841 532486address: Station Rd, PL28 8DB
phone: +44 1841 532357address: Mill SquareHotel, bar and restaurant
phone: +44 1841 533962address: 3 Duke Street, Padstow, PL27 6NW