Local area guide

Living in Padstow

Thinking about moving to Padstow? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools and transport connections are like - and of course the most important thing of all: how much houses cost to buy.

Your guide to moving to Padstow

Why Padstow is a good place to live

Padstow, a charming port town in North Cornwall, offers an appealing balance of leisure and simplicity. The town's location at the mouth of the River Camel estuary not only offers picturesque views but also teems with opportunities for water activities. Padstow manages to retain its historical charm with its traditional architecture, while also developing as a highly-regarded tourist destination. Living in Padstow is further enriched by its flourishing culinary scene, signified by notable restaurants and the well-known celebrity chef Rick Stein's pervasive influence. House prices have rocketed in recent years due to the soaring popularity of this North Cornwall town but there are more affordable areas on the outskirts and further inland towards Wadebridge.

What's Padstow famous for?

Padstow is famous for multiple attractions, first and foremost being the annual 'Obby 'Oss festival, a unique event believed to date from ancient fertility rites. Famous chef Rick Stein's influence on the local food scene, earning the town the playful moniker 'Padstein', also adds to its fame. Additionally, Padstow has a rich maritime history of fishing and trading, reflected in its harbour and famous Doom Bar across to the upmarket tourist village of Rock. Lastly, Padstow's distinct geological features, named the Tregudda Gorge and the Round Hole, are acknowledged as unique aspects of this attractive area.

Things to do in Padstow

The list of activities in Padstow is varied, catering to a wide array of interests. History enthusiasts can visit the Church of St. Petroc, dating from its early Christian history. Culinary adventurers can dine at quality local restaurants, including Rick Stein's establishments. For those that prefer physical activities, the town offers yachting or exploration of the dramatic coastline, while land-lovers can walk or cycle along the scenic Camel Trail. Lastly, local traditions can be observed or joined in with, such as Cornish wrestling tournaments, further enhancing the experience of Padstow.

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Average asking prices in Padstow today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£535,000

26 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£697,500

48 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£380,000

6 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£650,000

15 properties for sale

Properties currently for sale in Padstow

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Transport in Padstow

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Local connections

Padstow Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
0.2 miles / 0.3 km
Rock Padstow Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Roche
National Rail
9.7 miles / 15.6 km
St Columb Road
National Rail
9.8 miles / 15.8 km
Fowey Custom House Quay Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
19.2 miles / 30.9 km

Schools in Padstow

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Padstow.

Education in Padstow

Padstow School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Minver School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
St Issey Church of England Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Merryn School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Breock Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Trevisker Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)

Local pubs in Padstow

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  • Mariners

    Rock, Wadebridge, PL27

    We want this to be a place full of warmth and happy memories, with food that aims to put a smile on your face and drinks to put a spring in your step.

  • Well Parc Hotel

    Padstow, PL28

    As well as being a home away from home for many visitors throughout the year, the Well Parc is also a village inn at the very heart of Trevone community life. We actively support many local and national charities through events held during the year. Our p