Welcome to Padstow

There's no doubting that Padstow has changed beyond recognition in recent years: it feels more Kensington chic than Cornish quaint these days, with restaurants and boutiques sitting alongside its pubs and pasty shops. Whether the town's held on to its soul in the gentrification process is debatable, but it's hard not to be charmed by the seaside setting.

Across the Camel Estuary from Padstow lies Rock, a small village turned uber-exclusive getaway for well-to-do holidaymakers. Nearby, the sandy sweep of Daymer Bay unfurls along the estuary, a lifelong favourite of poet John Betjeman.

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$398.06 Private & Custom Tours

Cornwall, Port Isaac, Padstow, Tintagel Private Full-Day Tour

Begin your private tour limited to six people with pickup at your hotel in a luxury MPV. Your driver will arrive at an agreed time for the drive to Padstow. This bustling fishing port has a great choice of shops in its narrow streets, a busy harbor where you can take a ride on a speedboat, and great views of the estuary and beaches from the headland walk. Celebrity Chef Rick Stein has a number of restaurants in the town, plus his own fish and chip shop. Make sure to taste the Chough's Bakery Cornish Pasty.Then take the short drive to Port Isaac. This tiny fishing village has found fame as Port Wenn in the BBC TV series Doc Martin, and fans of the show will feel they know the village already. There is an excellent fish restaurant here, and it's also the home of Shanty singers the Fisherman's Friends who mostly live and work in the village. They often give free concerts on the slipway known as The Platt on a Friday evening, but dates vary. The village is a delight to see in any event, but it's a pretty stiff climb back up the hill.Next, travel up the dramatic coast to Tintagel to visit the remains of the 800-year-old castle, where you can imagine being a Knight of King Arthur's Round Table. Spectacular is the only description for the coastal scenery in this area. Time permitting, you'll continue to Boscastle, a charming coastal village, and stop for a cream tea before returning to your hotel.Please note: The tour is available to all, but there are some steep hills to negotiate on foot, particularly at Port Isaac. Some elements of the Tintagel tour may not be suitable for all as the castle is only accessible by a narrow high Bridge, nevertheless there are many other sights to see.

$3648.88 Cultural & Theme Tours

Devon, Dorset and Cornwall : Private Driver Guided 5 Day Tour from London

ItineraryDay 1: London to Dorset : The Jurassic CoastStop At: Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, EnglandOption of visiting this world famous neolithic site en route to the beautiful county of Dorset and its dramatic Jurassic coastline Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Durdle Door & White Nothe Circular Walk, West Lulworth, Dorset, EnglandVisit the spectacular Durdle Door and picturesque Lulworth Cove fishing village and then head for the accommodation in Lyme RegisDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight stay at a range of different types of accommodation ranging from B&Bs to 4 or 5 star hotelsDay 2: Dorset to DevonStop At: Sidmouth - Valley, Ridge and Jurassic Coast walk, Sidmouth, Devon, EnglandTravel along the Jurassic coast into Sidmouth, Exeter and Dartmoor National ParkDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Tavistock Pannier Market, Tavistock, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, EnglandAfter lunch spend the afternoon exploring the market town Tavistock, a tannery town where Sir Francis Drake was born. Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Accomodation in Tavistock or a local village near Dartmoor National Park Day 3: North Devon and CornwallStop At: Clovelly Village, Clovelly, Devon, EnglandVisit this beautiful fishing village which clings to the steep cliffs on the North Devon coastDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Harbour, Port Isaac, Cornwall, Port Isaac, Cornwall, EnglandVisit this typical Cornish village where Doc Martin is filmed. Enjoy exploring the backstreets where you will find beautiful cottages and small quaint shopsDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Range of accommodation choices on the North Devon / Cornwall coast from lovely well maintained B&Bs to 4-5 star hotels.Day 4: Exploring CornwallStop At: Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, EnglandExplore this beautiful Cornish village and eat at one of Rick Stein's wonderful restaurants or bistros.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: St Ives Harbour Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, EnglandExplore St Ives in the afternoon. Visit the Tate Modern or spend some time relaxing on the beautiful beaches in this popular seaside town and maybe catch up on some shopping.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Plenty of accommodation available in St.Ives or nearby ranging from typical B&Bs to 4-5 star hotelsDay 5: Cornwall ChoicesStop At: Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, EnglandOne choice is to visit these futuristic gardens set in the dramatic landscape of southern CornwallDuration: 2 hoursStop At: St. Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, EnglandAnother option is to visit this spectacular isle just off the coast of Cornwall which has a fascinating history dating back to the 12th CenturyDuration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$358.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Keith's Cornish Tours

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: South West Coast Path - Penzance to Marazion, Penzance, Cornwall, EnglandCastles, cliffs, sea views, breath-taking sceneryDuration: 8 hoursStop At: St Ives Bay, St Ives, Cornwall, EnglandQuaint fishing villages, mining world heritage sites, breath-taking sceneryDuration: 8 hoursStop At: The Lizard and Kynance Cove, Lizard, Cornwall, EnglandPoldark filming locations, breath-taking scenery.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Historic Port of Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall, EnglandHistory, heritage, Poldark filming locationsDuration: 8 hoursStop At: Fowey Estuary, Fowey, Cornwall, EnglandHistory, heritage, ships, beautiful villagesDuration: 8 hoursStop At: Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, EnglandHistoric fishing village, history, gourmet foodDuration: 8 hoursStop At: Harbour, Port Isaac, Cornwall, Port Isaac, Cornwall, EnglandPicturesque fishing village, Doc Martin filming locationsDuration: 8 hoursStop At: Bodmin Moor, Bodmin, Cornwall, EnglandNeolithic monuments, Poldark filming locations, breath-taking sceneryDuration: 8 hours