Things to Do in Padstow:
Prideaux Place : Sundays to Thursdays tours of the house between 13:30 and 16:00, gardens and tea rooms open 12:30 to 17:00, it is just a 10 minute walk up the hill from the harbour.
Prideaux Place was completed in 1592 by Sir Nicholas Prideaux, it is lived in today by Peter and Elisabeth Prideaux. It is a short 10 minute walk up the hill from Padstow town centre. Tours of the house run in the afternoons and the gardens and tea rooms are also open. The gardens are undergoing extensive restoration, they were first landscaped in the 1730s. Also several buildings were erected such as a classical temple and obelisk and a groto.
This runs along the side of the Camel Estuary from Padstow to Wadebridge and beyond. It is a very popular walking and cycle trail, bikes can be hired in Padstow.
The National Lobster Hatchery: opening times 10:00 to 17:30
This is a marine conservation charity that releases over 40,000 baby lobster into the seas each year and uses its public education centre to showcase its work and help promote conservation of our fish stocks, particularly lobsters. The hatchery is based in a building next to Padstow's main car park.
Padstow has its own beach to North of the town at St Georges Bay, this about a 20 minute walk from the town, however the best beaches are reached by taking a short ferry ride across the estuary to Rock and then walking towards the mouth of the estuary to Polzeath. This beach is frequented by families and surfers and is well served with facilities, toilets, shops, cafes and a surf school.
With the Padstow restaurant scene dominated by the celebrity chef Rick Stein, Padstow is rightly crowned the food capital of Cornwall. The Sea Food Restaurant is Stein's premier restaurant, but there is also St Petroc's Bistro, Rick Stein's Cafe and Stein's Fish and Chips, all are excellent and suit different moods and pockets. Stein does not have a complete monopoly and "Paul Ainsworth at No 6" and "The Basement" are two excellent alternatives.