Exploring Padstow

Exploring Padstow is a must!

This well known town and fishing port on the west bank of the River Camel Estuary, five miles from Wadebridge has so much to offer, excite, explore and entice! Whether you are looking for fine dining, sampling dishes created by celebrity Chefs with the best of local produce. Beautiful coastline. Independent shops which enclose the pretty harbour. Padstow has it all!

Find out more, read our top tips for getting the best out of exploring Padstow and it's surrounds!

The Pubs!

We think that the best pubs are The Harbour Inn, The Golden Lion and The Pickwick does a great Sunday Lunch. Exploring Padstow is a thirsty business.

Exploring Padstow

The tea and cakes!

Try Cherry Trees for their cakes, Rest A While Tea Garden or Berry Fields for the best cream tea, and The Chough Bakery for pasties!

Rick Stein’s eateries.

The Seafood Restaurant, St Petroc’s Bistro, Rick Steins Café and Steins Fish and Chips are all located in Padstow, they are excellent and do not dominate the town. If you visit the fish and chip shop, you may have to queue so get there earl

Celebrity Chef Restaurants.

Another Rick Stein establishment –The Cornish Arms St Merryn is in the countryside just outside Padstow. 

When exploring you will find that Paul Ainsworth has several establishments in Padstow :

 No6 serving modern British food with a focus on locally sourced Cornish produce. 

Caffè Rojano serves a menu of seasonal small plates, beautiful Napoletana-style pizzas and fresh pasta dishes

The Mariners across in Rock, relaunched in May 2019. The 130-cover local, which looks over the Camel Estuary, it is open daily, offering cream teas and all-day menu. The menus focus on British classics while championing the best of local produce

Other foodie choices.

Chip Ahoy fish & chips are very good! 

The Journeyman comes with high credentials if you like curry (must book as only 6/7 tables). 

Embers Pizzeria – Great food, friendly unpretentious service and very good value for money. Small but great selection of wines

The Car parks

  • Harbour Car Park is the nearest to the harbour
  • Railway Car Park (at the bottom of Station Road PL28 8DA) 
  • Lawns Car Park (opposite the Old School on School Hill PL28 8EB  Both of these car parks are payable using Ringo: Railway Car Park is location code 2849 and Lawns Car Park is location code 2848 and the number to call is 01872 884466.
  • Link Road Car Park is situated by the fire station.  You can pay for your parking via Ringo, the location code is 8227 and you need to call 01872 672727. P&R from here.
  • Padstow Main Road Car Park is situated on the A389, post code PL28 8EX £5 per car all day.
  • During the main season there are 2 additional car parks available at Trevethan Farm, the access to which is immediately after Tesco, the entrance is on the same side of the road, in Sarah’s Lane. The post code is PL28 8EL.  Cars – £3 per day. Contact Jessica Hagley on 07909 661395 or email hagley@btinternet.com for more information. 
  • Tregirls Car Park, perfect for visiting the beach. Follow the road out past the Farm Shop, through Crugmeer to Harbour Cove.
  • Our choice would be to park at Rock and catch the ferry – The Quarry car park in Rock is run by Padstow Harbour Commissioners.  The post code for this car park is PL27 6FD. When this car park is full there is an overflow car park (high season only) 1/4 mile up Rock Road opposite the Institute/Gallery. Closes at 8pm. You can pay for your parking via Ringo, the location code is 15661 and the number to call is 0203 0460010.  

More Padstow exploring!

Wander the harbour, with its unique independent shops and cafes.

Hire a bike and explore the Camel Trail following the Camel Estuary which provides access to some of North Cornwall’s most beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Visit the National Lobster Hatchery, see marine conservation in action!

See the RNLI lifeboat station. Take a circular walk around Trevose Head to Mother Ivy’s Bay.

Why not visit Bedruthan Steps managed by the National Trust, walk along the coast to see the dramatic cliffs. 

Please note – the steps to the beach are closed due to a landslide earlier this year.

Padstow Sealife Safari, experience the local sealife, take a trip to Seals Cave to search for dolphins, puffins and lots more.


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In this blog we spotlight Padstow and its delights, as one great area you can discover. To explore more amazing locations download our various free guides to the Secrets of North Cornwall. 

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