The monastery of St Petroc was located here from the sixth to tenth centuries but borough status had to await the early 1300s. Owned by Bodmin priory, this medieval fishing port thrived on trade with Bristol, Wales and Ireland in the 1400s.

May festivities in full flow in the 1960s

Population 1861: 2,400

Population 2011: 2,800

Planned population 2031: 3,700

Padstow now has one of the highest proportions of second and holiday homes in Cornwall