Having recently changed venues at the end of 2018, Padstow Museum is enjoying a new lease of life.
Now located in Padstow’s South Quay, Padstow Museum welcomes visitors from near and far to celebrate the history of the local area.
A thriving fishing port, Padstow’s nautical heritage goes way back. Used as a natural harbour linking Brittany with Ireland as part of the ‘Saints Way’, Padstow is thought to have seen the coming and going of ships and boats from as early as 2,500 BC. Becoming hugely important for trading copper, tin, lead ores, slate and food goods in the Middle Ages, Padstow flourished. To this day it remains intrinsically linked with the sea, recognised as both a successful port and active community.
Founded in 1971, Padstow Museum is an independently run charity that is managed solely by a dedicated team of volunteers. Aiming to give locals and visitors a fascinating insight into the history of this charming town, it has lots of displays and artefacts showcasing Padstow’s rich heritage and culture. From secrets of ship wrecks to tales of emigration to Padstow’s role in World War One, a wealth of information is on offer about the town’s social and maritime history.
If you would like to visit, entry to the museum is free of charge. That said, as the museum receives no funding, a small donation is requested at your discretion to help cover running costs. A family-friendly space Padstow Museum is home to interactive boards that bring exhibitions to life and plenty of in-depth displays, so visitors of all generations will be able to get stuck in and have fun. And, in case you have any questions, the friendly staff are always on hand to share their knowledge too.
With regular opening hours between 10.30 and 4pm from Monday to Saturday, the museum is open-year round, including public holidays. To make sure all visitors are welcome, the museum also has full disability access, as well as hearing loop facilities for those with hearing impairment.