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

Founded in 1971 by an enthusiastic group of local residents headed by retired boat builder Bill Lindsey, and is maintained and staffed by volunteers,

Our unique collection of  artefacts, presents 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 very special Mayday Celebrations

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You are visitor number since

 January 2015

Where to find us

Site updated 24/04/2015

Front Desk


We look forward you visiting us again in 2015

Entry will again be  FREE of charge


Follow the signposting from the bandstand by the harbour

A Glimpse of Mayday Festivities

Visit our World War I Archives

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.

We are now  open Monday - Saturday until end of October

Kernow Bys Vyken

Cornwall Forever

We extend our thanks to all who visited and supported us during the past year,Please return again this year

Wild flowers planted by Padstow Town  Council adjacent to the war Memorial