Why Padstow is perfect for a short break in Cornwall

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:30 AM

Picturesque Cornwall has no shortage of destinations ideal for a relaxing short break. One of the best, however, has to be the harbour town of Padstow, where you can enjoy fine dining, historic attractions and a wealth of activities.

Stay in one of the available holiday cottages in Padstow and you'll be able to see Cornwall at its finest, while revelling in the freedom and independence offered by self-catering accommodation.

Here are some of the reasons why we think this part of the county is the place to go for holidaymakers.

Fantastic food

One of Padstow's main selling points is the fact that it is the UK home of celebrity chef Rick Stein. His passion for fresh seafood has led to the opening of four eateries in the destination, where you can sample some of the finest cooking in the whole country.

Visitors can dine at The Seafood Restaurant, Stein's Fish & Chips, St Petroc's Bistro and Rick Stein's Cafe, depending on the kind of menu and atmosphere you most enjoy.

Of course, Padstow's restaurant scene is not confined to just Stein's enterprises. Many other local establishments serve up dishes inspired by the town's fishing heritage, including the Michelin-recommended Harbour Restaurant at The Metropole.

Sights galore

Padstow is ideal for Cornish holidays focusing on the rich history of the area, which has seen Vikings, Romans, Celtic Saints and even the prehistoric Beaker people taking up residence over the ages.

One of the most popular historic sites in Padstow relates to the town's more recent past, however. Prideaux Place is a magnificent Elizabethan abode that has been home to 14 generations of the prestigious Prideaux family, who have an ancestry dating back to the 11th century.

Other sights include the church of St Enodoc, which can be accessed via a ferry ride to Rock and is the resting place of Sir John Betjeman, a 20th-century writer who shot to fame in the 1950s with titles such as Collected Poems and Summoned by Bells.

Activities for all

There are plenty of pursuits to choose from if you want to get active on your short break in Padstow.

Walking and cycling are the perfect ways to explore the scenic coastline and countryside here, with the South West Coast Path providing a great route for seeing everything Padstow and the surrounding area has to offer.

Other popular routes include the Padstow Circular Walk and Saints' Way, which runs along the same path once used by ancient pilgrims and saints on journeys between Padstow and Fowey.

Alternatively, you could head to the Camel Estuary for a spot of sailing or surfing, while horse riding, golf and tennis are also available on holidays to Padstow.

Feeling inspired for your next short break? Why not look into last minute cottages in Cornwall and start organising your Padstow getaway today? 

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