Things to do in and around Padstow

Local beaches

St. George's cove, only a 1.5km scenic walk from the back door, with views over to Rock and the Camel Estuary. Further along from St.George's cove, the South West Coast path can be followed to the expansive sands of Tregulls and Harbour cove beach, which overlooks the Doom Bar.  

Trevone bay, surrounded by cliffs of geological interest, was one of only seven beaches in Cornwall to be awarded the Blue Flag award in 2019. Trevone has a café, takeaway pizza and toilets in close proximity from the shore, making this beach a family favourite for long summer days.

A short trip across on the Padstow Ferry leads you to Rock beach, a long strip of golden sand with plenty of space to find a quiet spot, even in the height of summer. It's clear and calm waters make this beach a great location for children or a relaxing swim.

Cycling the Camel Trail

There are various bike hire businesses in Padstow Town car park where you can hire bikes to enjoy a ride along the Camel Trail to Wadebridge or beyond to Bodmin if you are feeling fit. 

Boat Tours

Wavehunters Sea Safari trips run daily in high summer, with new and updated tours. Wavehunters has recently allowed customers to hire out the full boat for an extended length tour of 90 minutes, allowing you to have the full experience of wildlife spotting - mask free.

Padstow Sealife Safari has a large range of different tours for you and your family to enjoy. From seal safaris to skippered boat hires, you can enjoy the unique Cornish coastline whichever way you like. 

The Jubilee Queen's 1.5 hour boat tours have been running for over 40 years so certainly know how to cruise the Cornish coastline in style - not to mention there's a well stocked bar on board! 

A selection of Speed Boat Tours are also available - tickets often sold along the North Quay in the Summer months.

Check all websites for up to date details in regards to packages and pricing.

Watersports

Harlyn Surf School is a premier Surf school only a 10 minute drive from Padstow. Not only does it offer a variety of surf lessons/packages but also offers other water related activities including: Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Coasteering and Kayaking. Whichever one takes your fancy, a fun filled day out is guaranteed - make sure you pack suncream!

Retallack Resort and Spa hosts a massive variety of water related activities (all year round). At Retallack you can try out surfing on Cornwall's only year round surfing wave named FlowRider, or enjoy a fun session on the inflatable aqua park, wake park, water zorbing or SUP boarding. Or sit back and relax in the ESYA spa, there's plenty to choose from. Check the Aria resorts website for more information.

Padstow Sailing Club encourages everyone to take to the water to have an experience on one of the most idyllic sailing locations on the Cornish Coast. With it's location only a short walk from the house, this experience is all the more convenient as well as enjoyable.

Camel sailing and powerboat centre offers a range of different sailing tuition packages, whether you have none or some experience, the Camel estuary is a great place to start.   

Golf courses

Trevose Golf and Country Club offers two stunning golf courses, and a short par-3 course, catering for all abilities. Play golf with picturesque views of the Cornish Coastline, only a 7km drive from Harbour View. There's plenty on offer at the Country Club including a swimming pool, childrens' play area, fitness studio as well a massage and beauty salon.

A short trip over to Rock on the Ferry and you will find St.Enodoc Golf Club. The location on the high sand dunes is ideal for a round of Golf combined with spectacular sea views across to Padstow and out to the Atlantic, making this course truly unique.

Vineyards

Camel Valley vineyard is Cornwall's best known vineyard, producing some of the finest wines in England, now recognised internationally. The multi-award winning team of Bob and Sam Lindo have a respect for traditional vineyard practices combined with a modern approach to wine making, set in a beautiful location near the Camel river. The vineyard is accessible from the Camel Trail.

Trevibben Mill Vineyard and Orchards is a working vineyard, winery and events venue only a stone's throw away from Harbour View. Historically the home of a miller and his family, the land is now covered in vines and apple trees and is a beautiful location for a guided wine tour, grand walking tour and wine tasting or simply a drink at the bar. 

Fine Dining

A holiday in Padstow wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of Rick Stein's eateries. There are several, each of a different style including: Rick Stein's Seafood Bar and Fishmongers, The Seafood Restaurant, Rick Stein's Café and Rick Steins Fish and Chips - a definite Family favourite after a long day out at the Beach. Recently Rick Stein has launched new 'Stein's at Home' Menu boxes, a delivery of fresh Cornish seafood and Rick’s classic dishes straight to your door to enjoy at home. Because of the close proximity to Rick Stein's Deli, guests can save on delivery costs. Check his website to view the large selection of menu boxes available. 

Paul Ainsworth, another well-known Cornish Chef, owns a number of extremely high standard eateries dotted throughout Padstow including Caffé Rojano, Padstow Townhouse and Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 which was awarded a prestigious Michelin star.

There are also a large variety of Pasty shops close to the Harbour. After many years of Pasty tasting our Family favourite has to be The Cornish Bakery, they never fail to provide us with the perfect lunch for a big day out. 

National Trust, English Heritage properties and Local Gardens 

Prideaux Place is a privately owned Grade I listed Elizabethan country house and has been the home of the Local Prideaux family for 14 generations. Tickets allow you to take a look inside the historic house and expansive gardens to explore the many treasures. Opposite Prideaux Place is the ancient Deer Park where the herd of Fallow Deer reside - thought to be one of the oldest park herds in the Country.

With a worldwide reputation, the Eden Project definitely deserves a day of your attention on a fun and family friendly day out. The Eden Project has become a unique resource for education and knowledge towards a sustainable future. Only a 30 minute drive from Harbour View, the Eden Project is home to the world's largest rainforest in captivity, cutting-edge architecture and a canopy walkway that takes you above the treetops. 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Only thirty years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were undiscovered; lost to the brambles since the outbreak of WW1. It was only the chance discovery in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in England. Explore the National Trust's 200 acre estate, a 50 minute drive from Harbour View. 

Tintagel Castle. Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Cornish sea, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. Free to visit for members of English Heritage. 

Lanhydrock is a National Trust owned, late Victorian country house with a large garden and wooded estate. Only a 35 minute drive from Harbour View. 

Art and Theatre 

St.Ives Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Gallery and Sculpture Garden are within walking distance of each other. Inspiring art and breath-taking scenery can be discovered at the Tate St. Ives. Perched above Porthmeor Beach, the gallery showcases some of the best-loved British artworks of the 20th Century. 

Jethro Jackson Gallery, a contemporary gallery located across the Camel Estuary at Rock. Jethro is well known for his atmospheric Cornish seascape paintings.

The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's World famous open-air theatre carved into a rocky granite outcrop overlooking the stunning panoramic view of Porthcurno.

Only 4 miles from Land's End, Porthcurno bay is rich in history. The fascinating Porthcurno Telegraph Museum tells the story of Cornwall’s role in the pioneering days of global communications during the War. Cables from here were buried beneath the beach and then laid on the seabed all over the world.