Prideaux Place

An ancient Cornish house now a regular on our television and cinema screens.

Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8RP

Prideaux Place in Cornwall
Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly
  • Shop
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First recorded as being Lords of Prideaux Castle, Luxulyan 1000 years ago, the family has been based at Prideaux Place since 1592, still lived in by the family who built it.

The house, surrounded by 40 acres of landscaped grounds and with its ancient Deer Park, is a charming mix of Elizabethan, Strawberry Hill Gothic and Georgian eras. Each room has its own individuality from all these different ages and one of it has been spoilt by Victorian additions.

The 18th-century outbuildings in the Stable Courtyard are worth a visit by themselves and the newly restored gardens are a compliment to the 1740’s Temple, Exedra and the 1750’s Double Dairy and battlements. Here you can escape the hustle and bustle of Padstow and enjoy our fully licensed tearoom for a light lunch or Cream Tea overlooking the Deer Park to the Camel Estuary and beyond.

Now an international film location where such luminaries as Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, Richard E Grant, Ralph Fiennes, Kiera Knightley, Joanna Lumley and Peter O’Toole and many other famous names have all acted.

Opening Times


House: Easter weekend, and mid-May to end of September; tours Sundays to Thursdays, 1.30pm to 4.00pm.

Grounds and café: April to October, Sundays to Fridays, 10.30am to 5pm.

Please call 01841 532411 for any further enquiries.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Historic Houses members visit for free.

House and garden: Adults: £11, Children (12-16 years): £5

Grounds only: Adults: £4, Children (12 -16 years): £2

Group Rates on Application

Group Visits

Group bookings for 15 or more are available all year round by appointment and by prior arrangement German and French speaking guides can be provided.

Group cream teas should be booked in advance.

Please contact Carmen Hocking on 01841 532411 or email us on:

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Mrs Thatcher, as she was then, made an impromptu visit to the house when staying in Cornwall and Peter Prideaux-Brune answered the door. She asked if she could have a look around the house. Peter went to ask his father and was told rather abruptly 'no, not now, I'm having my lunch!' So Peter took her around and she was incredibly knowledgeable and charming.

Prideaux Place Drawing Room

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Prideaux Place beautiful water fountain and garden

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