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orange rib boat watching dolphins
ariel shot of padstow harbour

Our Top 5 Things to do in Padstow

Padstow is FULL of fun-filled things to do, whether you’re entertaining the little ones, impressing your missus or exploring solo. It was hard to pick just 5, but we think we’ve chosen something for everyone – enjoy!

World Watching at The Basement

If we do say it ourselves, one of the best ways to spend your time is watching the world go by from The Basement. Settle back with a coffee, a glass of wine or something sparkling and watch the people of Padstow passing, the boats arriving and the time slowly ticking away. Holidays are all about relaxing, taking time to breathe and enjoying the moment. Whether it’s over a coffee in the morning when the town is just waking up, a pint at lunch time as the sun beats down or a glass of fizz in the evening, as the light slowly turns golden and pink, there isn’t many other places we’d rather be than The Basement, overlooking Padstow harbour.

view of harbour for people watching
orange rib boat watching dolphins

Sealife Safaris

We were blown away by our latest excursion on the Sealife Safaris. We spotted beautiful dolphins, rare seals and all kinds of sea birds, all with the wind in our hair and nothing surrounding us but the rolling Atlantic ocean. Every crew member on board is fully clued up on all things wildlife and their boats are meticulously looked after with up to date sound equipment and brand new engines – meaning you are always in safe and knowledgeable hands. Not only will you have the chance to spot amazing marine life, but the view of the Cornish coastline is unlike any other and for the mermaid obsessed younguns amongst us, there is no feeling more magical than being at sea.

Padstow – Rock Ferry

The Black Tor ferry, that runs from Padstow to Rock, is a beautiful addition to a day spent in either town. The ferry runs continuously and departs from Padstow every 20 minutes from either the harbour slipway or the beach, depending on the tide. The service runs from 8.00am until 5ish daily, and until 7:30pm during the summer holidays. If you’re planning an evening trip, you can book yourself a water taxi to get back across the estuary, which feels seriously Cornish and way better than an Uber home! Return tickets for the ferry cost £4 for adults, £2 for children, £1 for dogs and £4 for bikes.

passenger ferry between rock and padstow
passenger speed boat

Speed Boats

Padstow Speedboat Trips are a favourite amongst adults and little ones alike! The 15 minute, exhilarating ride takes you up the estuary and out to sea, boasting views of Tregirls Beach, Daymer Bay, Stepper Point, Polzeath and Rock. Here shrieks of delight as Jaws, Fireball, Thunder and Sea Fury take to the estuary at high-speed, providing an entirely different experience of seemingly sleepy Padstow! We love feeling the spray in our faces, the wind in our hair and the bumps of the waves. These trips definitely aren’t for the easily queasy though!

The Camel Trail

The 18 mile trail was originally a railway line that linked Padstow and Bodmin, there are even a few people in Padstow who remember taking the train to school in Wadebridge! Nowadays the Camel Trail has been converted into a level, almost entirely traffic free cycle path that meanders through some of the most stunning areas of Cornwall. Starting in Padstow, you will make your way up the estuary towards Wadebridge, and on to Bodmin, where the trail passes through beautiful woodland and alongside the flowing river Camel. Our friends at Padstow Cycle Hire rent out bicycles, tandems, tricycles end even special dog carts so you don’t have to leave your four-legged friends behind if they aren’t up to the run!

bike on the camel trail