Padstow Museum

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The Institute Market Place
PL28 8AL

  • Phone: 01841 532752
  • Phone: 01841532470
  • Phone: 01841532620

This small but interesting museum is situated just 20 metres from the harbour side in the port of Padstow on the North Cornish Coast. Initially set up in 1971 by an enthusiastic group of local residents headed by retired boat builder Bill Lindsey, it holds an interesting collection of artefacts giving an insight into the history of the Port of Padstow over the past two centuries. Padstow is an important fishing port and harbour of refuge on the North Coast of Cornwall, a haven for many visiting yachtsmen. It was from here that many Cornishmen and their families embarked for a new life in North America after the collapse of the Cornish tin mining industry. Padstow probably best known for its celebration of the coming of summer with its Obby Oss festivities on the 1st May each year: this is well documented by the Museum. We welcome students and researchers to share our knowledge of our historic seaport with it's unique customs.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open from Easter 2015.


Admission free.


  • Museums Association

Travel directions:

The nearest car parks are on the harbour side about 150 metres, or the Padstow town Council park at Old Station Yard. Find the bandstand on the corner of the inner harbour take the pedestrian walkway by the Chough Bakery and we are in the brick Institute building opposite Barclays Bank

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities information:

Our volunteers are available during opening times to help with any enquires. School parties and other organisations are welcome by prior arrangement by contacting [email protected] or 01841532470 We regret that disabled access to the museum is difficult as it is situated on the first floor of the premises

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