Destination guide

Book a cottage in Padstow for history, romance and colour

The charming port town of Padstow is ideal for pet-friendly cottages in Cornwall. Located on the bank of the River Camel estuary, the town has quaint fishermen's cottages, a colourful harbourside area and excellent seafood restaurants that are popular with foodies. Dogs are welcome at many public spaces in Padstow, including the Camel Trail, the beaches of Treyarnon Bay, the National Lobster Hatchery and the grounds of Prideaux Place, a charming Elizabethan manor with incredible architecture and rich history. Daymer Bay Beach is one of the best spots for dogs, with spectacular views and fun sand dunes for the dogs to run and play outdoors.


Activities and attractions in and around Padstow

Do you want to discover things to do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that Padstow has to offer. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Padstow Harbour (2.3 mi / 3.8 km)
  • National Lobster Hatchery (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Camel Creek Adventure Park (4.3 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery (5.7 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Treloy Golf Club (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
  • Great Western Beach (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Padstow

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Padstow is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Harlyn Bay Beach (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Trevone Bay Beach (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Constantine Bay Beach (1.6 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Treyarnon Bay Beach (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Polzeath Beach (4.1 mi / 6.7 km)

Explore beaches near holiday rentals in Padstow

  • Hop across the Camel River to find wild Daymer Bay, home to the grave of John Betjeman and beautiful dune-backed sands
  • St George's Cove is a secluded little inlet of whitish sand that's located just outside Padstow
  • Polzeath is Cornwall's surf Mecca, with countless board rentals and instructors crowding its wide, wave-washed bay
  • Expert surfers and rock pool enthusiasts might prefer Booby's Bay
  • Trevone Bay has a Blue Flag award and is a great place to set off on hikes around the Camel Estuary
How to get there

How to get to and around Padstow

The nearest airport is in Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), located 6.9 mi (11 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Finding your way around Padstow

Padstow is compact and small. In fact, it's a real pleasure to stroll around the little town, using the old marina walks to hop between the fish and chip restaurants and seafood markets. You can even head out to explore the windy tops of the Trevose Head Heritage Coast, thanks to the trailheads that start right on the doorstep of many Padstow holiday cottages. There's also a local ferry that can help you hop across the Camel River to the chic town of Rock and the iconic surf beaches of Polzeath, along with local bus links to the close National Rail hub at Bodmin Parkway.

Food & drink 

Food and drink in Padstow

Padstow's arguably the most important culinary hotspot in all of Cornwall. Its reputation for creative seafood cooking was notably driven by the local celebrity chef, Rick Stein. His name adorns restaurants and fish and chip shops all over the little harbour. Choose them as the place to taste meticulously made langoustine and mussel dishes, fresh Atlantic fish fillets and local oysters, and it's likely you won't be disappointed. A classic Cornish pasty is another must-try – it's best eaten al fresco, while watching the fishing boats bob and jostle in Padstow's old marina. And for those with a sweet tooth? Look no further than the traditional cream tea. It's a regional delicacy and should be on offer in all the cafes around Padstow holiday lettings.

Essential info

Facts and tips about Padstow

  • Padstow has a population of around just 3,000, though that increases considerably in the popular summer months
  • You should book your Padstow holiday cottage early if you're planning to come between May and September
  • Tips of 10% or more are normal in the fine-dining restaurants of Padstow
  • Bring waterproofs and good hiking boots if you're planning on hitting the coastal walking trails around this part of Cornwall
  • Newquay has the closest airport to Padstow and buses run from there straight to the town

How many holiday rentals are available around Padstow?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,755 holiday lettings around Padstow. From 661 cottages to 656 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Padstow? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Padstow. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Prideaux Place: 3,254 holiday lettings
  • Trevone Bay Beach: 3,184 holiday lettings
  • Harlyn Surf School: 3,204 holiday lettings
  • Polzeath Beach: 3,155 holiday lettings
  • Fistral Beach: 3,798 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Padstow listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Padstow?

Yes, of course. offers 661 Cottages in Padstow. Our other popular types of Padstow holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 656 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 661 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 661 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Flats and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Padstow?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 109 holiday homes with pool available in Padstow. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.