Find out about: Padstow Museum

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Padstow Museum

This small but interesting museum is situated just 50 metres from the harbour side in the ancient port of Padstow on the North Cornish Coast.
Initially founded in 1971 by an enthusiastic group of local residents headed by retired boat builder Bill Lindsey, it holds a unique collection of artefacts, giving an insight into the history of the Port of Padstow over the past two centuries.
Padstow Museum is a progressive charity and is known worldwide.

Why not visit us for a glimpse back to the past centuries.


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  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

Due to the constriction of the building which houses the Museum we only have limited facilites, As we are in the centre of town, normal public services are at hand.
Disabled access is not easy due to stairway to 1st floor

Exhibitions and Projects

  • World War 1

    World War 1

    07 April 14 to 31 October 16

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Our Collections

We have an extensive collection of researched files relating to -:
Maritime activities (including)

Social History (including)
Mayday & Mummers & development of the port over the past 800 years
Much of this information is accessible at our website


Display of Harlyn Bay Burials

The relics displayed are some of those recovered on the 1911 dig at the site at Harlyn Bay. Thought to be Beaker people. Dig was led by Roddie Mallett. Items on loan from RCM Truro. This display is now discontinued, the artefacts have been stored. But can be viewed by arrangement.

Display of Harlyn Bay Burials

Padstow Mayday Start of the Morning Festivities

It is customary for the Blue Oss to emerge from the Institute at 10am followed by the Red Oss (Old Oss) from the Golden Lion at 11am. Both Oss's process around the town by different routes during the day culminating in the Farewell at the Maypole in the evening

Padstow Mayday Start of the Morning Festivities
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Our Latest news

  • New aquisition

    New aquisition

    23 February 2016

    Our chairman recently found these batons at auction, and acquired them for our archives. more

  • Volunteers Required

    25 January 2016

    We are very much in need of volunteers to help and man the front desk in the season. The more

more news

Museum Videos

  • Padstow May Day
  • Line to Padsow
  • Camel Trail

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Admission & Prices

Free Entry

Donations would be appreciated as we are dependent on the support and generosity of our visitors to cover the overhead running costs.

Opening Times

Easter - October

Monday - Fridays
10-30 am - 4.30pm

10.30am -

Other times by Appointment contact John Buckingham 01841532470 or E-mail

School and organised parties
are welcome by prior arrangement.

Town walks can be organised by prior arrangement by contacting John Buckingham.