Padstow Museum was formed in 1971 by a group of Padstonians from an idea by retired local shipwright (Bill Lindsey).

The museum is an independently run charity, Reg No 278575 - we receive no government subsidies and are completely dependant on any donations at the door and from our supporters.

We have accreditation status with the Arts Council England.

The museum is staffed by a dedicated body of volunteers under the chairmanship of Phil Hornabrook.

There are five appointed trustees who are responsible for the overall administration of the Padstow Museum.

Our mission is to welcome all, especially our younger generation, to record and project the Social History of this unique seaport.

We are family friendly, our volunteers are there to help by explaining and helping with your queries.

We pride ourselves on our in depth knowledge of local family history and social history of the town

If you wish to donate or become a supporter of our museum, for details please contact the Treasurer by e-mail enquiries@padstowmuseum.co.uk


so much interesting material in a small space - brilliantly presented and laid out - well done MUCH improved.


Lovely little museum explaining some of the maritime, cultural & social history of Padstow. Entrance free, manned by volunteers so please put a small donation in their collection box.


This might not be the biggest museum you'll ever visit, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a museum that embodies the local area so well. Lots of local interest and staffed by extremely interesting locals who have clearly put their heart and souls into the endeavor. The short audio clips recounting ship wreck stories were a highlight for me. Go and visit the museum, and take a moment to chat with the volunteers - you won't regret it.


Fantastic new location. An excellent re-design that has really brought the story of padstow to life. Lovely hands on interactives and very welcoming staff.


We enjoyed our visit, interesting, well presented and with lovely volunteers who were happy to chat and had lots of stories to tell.


We went on their opening day in their new premises at Station House. This is a perfect location for this stylish, informative gem of a museum which is small but perfectly formed! We had a warm and friendly welcome from the staff who are passionate about Padstow's history. The exhibits are easy to read and packed with information, together with interactive exhibits. We highly recommended visiting.


Excellent , extremely interesting . Curator was very knowledgable on local history and very friendly. Well worth a visit