The bustling harbour town of Padstow is a constant hive of activity. It's narrow streets are crammed full of shops and cafe's, with an abundance of quality restaurants serving locally caught fish.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the harbour, Padstow and the surrounding area has an abundance of beautiful beaches, all close by and ready to be explored.

Known as the “seven bays for seven days”, these beautiful sandy coves wrap around Trevose Headland and are all within five minutes of each other, all offering something different.

Watch our aerial video showcasing some of the beautiful beaches Padstow has to offer.

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Beaches of Padstow

Padstow has a beach for every day of the week! With 7 beaches all within 5 minutes drive of each other you'll be spoilt for choice. View Padstow beaches below.

Daymer bay beach near Polzeath in North Cornwall

Daymer Bay Beach

Daymer Bay is a beautiful wide sandy beach, with breathtaking views out across the Camel Estuary. Dog friendly.

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Polzeath beach in North Cornwall

Polzeath Beach

Polzeath is a popular beach resort near Wadebridge on the north coast of Cornwall with lots of amenities close by.

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Harlyn Bay beach near Padstow in North Cornwall

Harlyn Bay Beach

A beautiful crescent shaped beach with fine golden sand, tucked away on the eastern side of Trevose head near Padstow. Dog friendly.

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Constantine Bay Beach Padstow Cornwall

Constantine Bay

Constantine Bay is a gorgeous crescent shaped beach, backed by shallow grassy dunes. Popular with surfers. Dog friendly.

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Rock beach in North Cornwall

Rock Beach ( Brea Beach)

Beautiful long white sandy beach with views across the Camel Estuary and Padstow Bay. Dog friendly.

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Greenaway beach near polzeath in North Cornwall

Greenaway Beach

A lovely little sand and shingle beach, nestled below the coastal path between Daymer Bay and Polzeath. Dog friendly.

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Harbour Cove beach near Padstow in North Cornwall

Harbour Cove

A beautiful beach along the coast path from Padstow that is perfect for a more relaxing day by the sea. Dog friendly.

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St George's Cove near Padstow in North Cornwall

St George's Cove

A small, sheltered cove tucked away along the banks of the Camel Estuary along from Padstow harbour.

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Porthcothan bay beach near Padstow in North Cornwall

Porthcothan Bay

A long narrow beach, sheltered by the surrounding cliffs, west of Padstow. Dog friendly.

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Treyarnon Bay beach near Padstow in North Cornwall

Treyarnon Bay

Family friendly beach west of Padstow with lots of rockpools for the kids and it's own natural swimming pool! Dog friendly.

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Padstow Accommodation

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St Enodoc Hotel

A luxury boutique Hotel in an exquisite hideaway with sweeping views over the Camel estuary, Rock. A stone's throw from away from the beach and the passenger ferry to Padstow.

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St Moritz Hotel

Nestled between Rock and Polzeath, the St Moritz hotel's collection of rooms, suites, apartments and villas are all just a short stroll to the shore.

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Stay at the Treglos Hotel near Padstow in Cornwall

Treglos Hotel

A luxury hotel situated by the sea near Padstow, close to Constantine Bay and Treyarnon Bay.

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Stay at the Metropole Hotel in Padstow North Cornwall

Metropole Hotel

Located in one of the most enviable positions on the north Cornwall coast, overlooking Padstow harbour and the Camel Estuary.

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Highlights of Padstow

Here’s our list of top things to do whilst visiting Padstow.

The Camel Trail cycle Padstow Cornwall

The Camel Trail

Cycle along the picturesque Camel Estuary from Padstow to nearby town of Wadebridge and back, taking in the beautiful views along the way. Bike hire is available from Padstow and wadebridge.

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Passenger ferry from Padstow to Rock

Padstow Passenger Ferry

Running throughout the day, the Padstow passenger ferry is a great way to explore neighbouring Rock, and walk along the golden sand banks of the Camel Estuary and along to neighbouring beach Daymer Bay.

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Padstow Sealife Safaris

Padstow Sealife Safaris sail from Padstow harbour, and give you the chance to explore the beautiful Camel Estuary with the chance to see sea life such as seals, dolphins, sunfish and even basking sharks in season.

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Padstow surfing lessons

Harlyn Bay Surf School

Well established watersports centre offering surf lessons, coasteering, kayaking and paddleboarding. Run from the beautiful Harlyn Bay beach near Padstow its sheltered location make it the perfect place to learn.

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National Lobster Hatchery

Dive into the world of Lobsters in Padstow, meet baby hatchlings and learn about the pioneering marine conservation work that goes on!

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Padstow Brewing Co Tasting Room

Visit Padstow Brewing Co, the multi-award winning craft brewery for taster sessions right in the harbour centre.

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Webcams of Padstow

Daymer Bay Webcam

Daymer Bay Webcam

Panning live webcam looking towards Daymer Bay, Greenaway beach and the Camel Estuary near Padstow in North Cornwall.

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Harlyn Bay Webcam

Harlyn Bay Webcam

Live webcam of Harlyn Bay, tucked away on Trevose head near Padstow.

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Padstow Harbour Webcam

Padstow Harbour Webcam

HD webcam of the bustling harbour town of Padstow. Great for checking the weather if you are thinking of heading to Padstow!

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Rock Webcam

Rock Webcam

High quality webcam overlooking the beautiful Camel Estuary from Rock.(Webcam provided by Padstow harbour)

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Polzeath Webcam

Polzeath Webcam

High quality panning webcam overlooking the popular holiday resort and beach of Polzeath. (Webcam provided by John Bray Holidays)

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How to get to Padstow

By Plane

Padstow is 13 miles from Newquay Airport. A taxi fare will cost you approximately £25. There is a daily bus service (No.56), and car hire is also available from the airport.

By Train

Bodmin Parkway is the nearest train station to Padstow, 15 miles away. From Bodmin Parkway, take the No.75 Plymouth City Bus to Padstow.

By Car

Leave the M5 south just after Exeter at Junction 31, joining the A30. Leave the A30 at Bodmin (A389) and follow directions to Wadebridge and Padstow. Journey time approximately 1hr 30m from Exeter.

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