town and civil parish in north Cornwall

Wadebridge (Cornish: Ponsrys) is a market town in North Cornwall, with a population of 7,900 (2011). The town sits at the Camel Estuary, 5 miles (8 km) upstream from Padstow. It is host to the Royal Cornwall Agricultural show, each June.



For many years Wadebridge was a traffic congested town but in 1991 the Wadebridge bypass was opened together with the Egloshayle bypass causing the two settlements to regain much of their former charm. The main shopping street in Wadebridge (Molesworth Street) has become pedestrianised through an inner link road, allowing traffic free shopping.

  • Wadebridge Tourist Information Centre, Eddystone Road.

Get in


By train


1 Bodmin Parkway. The nearest train station which connects to London Paddington via principal settlements including Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Reading. Other services are available to Cardiff. These services, along with all local services within Cornwall are operated by First Great Western.    

Other train operators include CrossCountry (which operates routes to the North of England and Scotland via Bristol and Birmingham) and Southwest Trains (who operate routes to London Waterloo).

Train services are frequent with roughly one train every half-hour in each direction during the week.

By car


Wadebridge is joined to Bodmin by the A389. From Bodmin the A30 goes to Exeter where it connects with the M5. From Bodmin the A38 runs towards Plymouth.

By plane


2 Newquay Airport (NQY IATA). Around 20 minutes by car (or around £20 taxi fare). As of June 2022, there are flights to Dublin, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Teeside International, as well as London Heathrow and London Gatwick.    

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By coach


There are regular National Express coach services from London Victoria.

Get around

Map of Wadebridge

Wadebridge is a very pleasant town to walk around,: the main shopping street (Molesworth street) is pedestrianised.



Wadebridge has many cycle paths that are frequently used.


  • Ocean Taxis - +44 1208 812049
  • Wadebridge Taxis - +44 1208 812725.
  • Wadebridge Midas Taxis - +44 1208 812345.
  • Wadebridge M & M Cabs - +44 1208 814848.
  • 24 7 - +44 1208 812634.
  • Kittiwake Taxis - +44 1208 816953.
  • BTS Bridge taxis, +44 1208 812634.
  • 1 Pencarrow House. 18th-century country house and gardens.    
  • 2 Wadebridge Old Bridge. A 12-arch bridge, built in 468, financed by a local vicar. There used to be 17 arches, but some have been filled in. The bridge was altered in 1847 and 1963.
  • 1 Camel Trail. A dismantled railway which is now a cycle path. The trail runs to Padstow in one direction and beyond Bodmin in the other. The trail is extremely flat and traffic-free, so it is extremely popular with cyclists in the summer months.    
  • St. Kew Golf Club, St Kew Highway, Bodmin, PL30 3EF (on main road from Wadebridge towards Camelford & Bude, about 2 miles north of Wadebridge on the left hand side), +44 1208 841500, . 9-hole and 18-hole courses available. Visitors £18 for 18 holes.
  • Go surfing at one of the many beaches within easy reach of Wadebridge.
  • 2 Regal Cinema, The Platt PL27 7AD, +44 1208 812791.
  • Camel Creek Adventure Park, Tredinnick, Wadebridge, PL27 7RA, +44 1841 540276. Great family days out at Cornwall's top theme park.
  • Cornwall Folk Festival is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The main venues are Town Hall, Betjeman Centre, Far Stage (the car park on Eddystone Rd) and Shanty St (free shows in the streets).
  • Royal Cornwall Show. An agricultural show organised by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, which takes place at the beginning of June each year. The show lasts for three days and attracts approximately 120,000 visitors annually, making it one of Cornwall's major tourist attractions.

Wadebridge contains a large number of independent shops each with their own character.

  • Hobgoblin Music. A key spot for acoustic folk musicians, specialising in guitars, accordions, banjos, etc.



Restaurants and pub meals











  • 2 Trewornan Manor, Trewornan Bridge, Wadebridge PL27 6EX (on B3314), +44 1208 812359. Gorgeous B&B in 13th century manor house. No children under 14 or dogs. B&B double £130.

Go next

Routes through Wadebridge
TruroSt Columb Major  SW   NE  Boscastle (via B3266) → Bude

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