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The Institute, Market Place. Padstow, Cornwall.  PL28 8AA

    Initially founded in 1971 by an enthusiastic group of local residents headed by retired boat builder Bill Lindsey, and maintained and staffed by volunteers, it holds a unique collection of artefacts, giving an insight into the history of the Port of Padstow over the past two centuries.

This small but interesting museum is situated just 20 metres from the harbour side in the port of Padstow on the North Cornish Coast.

Why not visit us for a glimpse back to the past centuries. What do you know about those times?.


Something for everybody young and not so young

  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 the 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 being well documented in the Museum archives.

The introductory music to the site is just a glimpse of Padstow’s Mayday

  Explore our archives here




Where to find us

Site updated 18/04/2014

Charlie Bate Songs
Visit us and explore the history of our unique town


We look forward you visiting us again in 2014,

Entry will again be  FREE of charge


Follow the signposting from the bandstand by the harbour

Glimpse of Mayday Festivities

World War I ArcPadstow War Memorialhives

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with our research of  these objects

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We are now open for the 2014 season  

FREE admission to all

Children’s quiz sheets available

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Arrival by car.

The nearest car parking facilities are at either the Padstow Town Council  car park or the Padstow Harbour Commissioners park both at South Quay, which is approximately five minutes level walking distance  around the harbour side.

Disabled access is difficult due to museum being located on the 1st floor.

Our displays to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One are now on view in the museum, in addition to this there will be public event by The Padstow British Legion, the venue to be announced here later.

A Happy Easter to all our followers

Why not visit us whilst in Padstow.