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Things to do in Padstow Harbour

Things to do in Padstow Harbour

Aside from the wonderful restaurants, bars, and craft places to visit, Padstow harbour also offer something for the sea faring fan! Padstow was, after all, a fishing port before it became the popular tourist attraction that it is today.

When you’re not enjoying the walks, views, seafood, wine, local gin, craft workshops, and of course the ice cream – why not get out on the water?

Enjoying the fishing, the sights, smells, and the sea air is highly recommended. Why would you come down to the coast, to a fishing town, and not experience all it has to offer?

Padstow has so much to offer that you’ll find you’ll want to come back again and again and again… just like we did!

Here are our top five favourite activities to do in Padstow harbour on the water.


Padstow speedboats

If you fancy an adrenaline rush, then how about hiring a speed boat and getting to see Padstow in a different way?

Paula remembers going on these boats when she was about 4 years old and some of the same fantastic crew still run the boats today. That’s, well, a long time in business! Setting off from the Harbour on daily trips, Padstow Boat Trips can take you out on the water for a fun time on one of their four speed boats - Thunder, Fireball XL5, Jaws and Sea Fury. Great fun!

Find out more HERE.


Jubilee Queen

Sailing from Padstow Harbour for over 40 years, the Jubilee Queen offers a more serene trip on the seas and some glorious sites that you simply won’t get from the land.

Trips last 90 minutes and on board you have drinks which includes a full array of Sharpes Brewery goodies! There are toilets on board too. They welcome dogs and ‘little sailors’ and they even have some special events, so if you’re lucky enough to be down here at the right time – get aboard. You can see puffins, and if you’re very lucky, dolphins.

Pre-booking is essential for this very popular daily, summer boat trip.

Find out more HERE.


Sealife safaris

The sealife safaris offer something for the speed or sealife and animal lover.

There are four options with the Seallife Safaris, and we’ll share two with you here.

The first is their one-hour speedboat trip. This fast and exhilarating experience will show you the granite cliffs, rocky coves, headlands, and more all on a high-speed boat.

If you’re really into seeing the wildlife though, the two-hour, 30 knots (25mph) trip will show you seals, dolphins, porpoises, sunfish, basking sharks, shags, cormorants, gannets, oystercatchers, shearwaters, fulmars and more! Well worth the trip.

They’re great fun and offer sights that you’ll rarely see thanks to these experienced sea explorers.

Find out more HERE.


Supreme boat trips

Padstow was once solely a fishing port so what better way to experience the beautiful surroundings and features of the Cornish coast than on a fishing trip?

Grab a fishing trip with Supreme Boat trips and climb aboard the Supreme – a Corvette Craft Bullet 38!

You have the choice of two fishing trips from a 2-hour Mackerel cruise or 4 and 8-hour Wreck and Reef trip!

All the fishing equipment is supplied by them and you can keep what you catch (provided it’s within legal limits for the area).

Happy fishing!

Find out more HERE.


Emma Kate fishing trips

Skippers Lee and John have over 40 years’ experience between them, and are also Senior Cornish boat angling Champions. They take tourists from the harbour for fishing trips on Emma Kate, a LOCHIN 38 sea fishing boat, which was built by one of the best and oldest British boatbuilding companies – LOCHIN.

There are some great options for your experience with them too:

·      2-hour mackerel fishing trip

·      4-hour wreck and reef trip

·      8-hour individual trip

·      And private boat Charter

They even cater for hen and stag parties.

Get out and catch your dinner with two experienced skippers on a proper fishing boat!

Find out more HERE.


Sail the Cornish sea!

The views and scenes from the water are stunning and if you get the right day, you’ll love the experience the harbour can offer you. When you arrive back you’ll have plenty of food and drink choices to choose from or of course you could just come home a relax in one of our Padstow Cottages (

Booking is essential for all of these trips. Although many of them are daily, they get booked out very quickly, especially on the sunny days!


If you need any more help, please do ask us. Enjoy your trip.

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