Now a must see part of Cornwalls coastline, the fishing village of Padstow is one of our highlights during the Newquay Winter Warmer Trip (5 day trip only) and is in many ways the perfect destination for coach holidays.
The history of Padstow
Padstow has been used as a natural harbour linking Brittany to Ireland, from as early back as 2500BC. According to legend, Cornish saint St Petroc arrive around 520AD, building a monastery on the hill overlooking the harbour. Back then the town was known as Petroc-stowe, which over the years has transformed into the name we all know, Padstow.
Later on in 981AD the town was attacked by Vikings, causing the monks to relocate their monastery inland to the safety Bodmin.
The Harbour of Padstow
The port at Padstow thrived during the medieval times and trade between Ireland and France continued to grow. By the the 19th Century there were six shipyards based at Padstow supporting the towns booming fishing industry.
Sir Walter Raleigh set up residence in Padstow during his time as Warden of Cornwall. The house still stands by the harbour to this day.
As we entered the 20th century, tourism took over as Padstow main industry, whilst it kept fishing at its roots.
Nowadays the local fishermen still supply the abundance of restaurants, several belonging to world renowned Rick Stein and arguably some of the best fish and chip shops in the world. The charming nature of this town and the welcoming nature of its residents, ensure that Padstow retains its placement as a jewel on the coast of the Cornish riviera.
When to visit Padstow
Of course Cornwall is beautiful, albeit busier in the summer season, thanks to the slightly fairer climate it benefits from compared to the majority of the UK, however we adore Padstow all year round.
Cornwall makes a fabulous destination all year round, including the winter months. Our Winter Warmer coach tours offer the perfect opportunity to explore Cornwall and all its beauty, including Padstow in the quieter months.
Blow the cobwebs away with a beautiful crisp walk along one of the golden Cornish beaches, sample the delights of the local cosines and fight off the winter blues with a fantastic value break. As well as sightseeing excursions included within your tour and free collections from over ninety five locations throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex you will also have entertainment for two nights included, a full buffet breakfast and three course evening dinner. Find out more about our Winter Warmer trip and book here.