A thriving town located a few miles from the coast!

Located on the banks of the River Camel, the town has re-energised itself over the last 20 years to become a mainstay of “The Times – Best Places To Live in the UK”. Large open green spaces give way to a town buzzing with artisan shops, bakeries, cafes and lifestyle stores.

With a population of around 9,000 people, Wadebridge has become a sought after location for those who want the buzz of a lively town whilst being close to the sea. A strategically important location during the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell even visited the town although it’s now renowned for just being a generally great place to live.

Location & transport links

Wadebridge is the central point of access to the Camel Trail whether you want to head to Padstow for some Rick Steins fish and chips or cycle your way to Bodmin to take a wander around Bodmin Jail. It’s such a great location with so many local amenities to enjoy.

The A39 allows you to travel to many destinations on the North Coast, access to the nearest beaches are within 10-15 minutes, Polzeath, Rock, Daymer Bay. Wadebridge is the gateway to other local towns such as Padstow, St Columb and the village of Port Isaac. There is a local Bus Station with a variety of routes available and the nearest Train Station is Bodmin Parkway which is approximately 10 miles away.

Places to eat & drink

Wadebridge has a great selection of unique coffee shops, pubs, bars and restaurants and even includes a cool little cocktail bar Rhubarb & Sage! There are a wide selection pubs to choose from, serving superb food, accompanied with great local ales and local wines. For a fine dining experience, you can enjoy Bridge Bistro serving delicious mouth watering food, alternatively the Stepping Stone tucked away on a side street, both using the best local Cornish produce. 

For a night in you have a selection of Thai, Indian and Chinese restaurants to choose from all serving takeaways and all boast their own restaurants if you fancy eating out. The Raj Indian is simply one of the best curry houses around and offers a superb range of freshly cooked Indian cuisine. The Dancing Taipan is popular for its Chinese and Cantonese food, also a mainstay of the local heritage! There are plenty of coffee shops including Relish, one of the very best!

New to Wadebridge, Saltbox is a unique collection of independent businesses and talented local chefs sharing a passion for food from Pancakes to Pizzas and Origin Coffee, so there is plenty to choose from.

Local amenities

Wadebridge has its own butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, bakeries and a range of small artisan shops. The town is also home to a variety of supermarkets with a large Co-Op, Tesco, Aldi and a Marks and Spencer Simply Food, giving the discerning groceries shopper plenty of choice!

The main town centre includes a Post office, selection of Banks, Pharmacies, two Doctors surgery’s and three Dental practices. There is also a Library and a Cinema which is a great place to enjoy a movie on a rainy day.  With a selection of pre-school nursery’s, 2 primary schools and a large secondary school, all rated by Ofsted as good, Wadebridge is a great place to bring up children. 

If you enjoy participating in sports, Wadebridge has its own Rugby Club, Football Club, Cricket Club and Bowling Club, there are also wonderful outdoor Tennis court facilities which are situated by the local park. If golf is your thing, there are plenty of well known golf courses a short drive away, including St Enodoc Golf Club, overlooking the Camel Estuary and Trevose at Constantine Bay or the Point at Polzeath. The local leisure centre has a 25-meter indoor swimming pool, gym, squash courts and a wide variety of fitness classes to keep you fit and active, year round. 

Just on the outskirts of Wadebridge you will find the Hawksfield complex, an exciting hot spot on the Cornish Atlantic Highway (A39) between Padstow and Wadebridge. Here you can find a variety of places, including the renowned Strong Adolfo’s coffee shop and a wide selection of shops ranging from home interiors to classic cars and motorcycles. You can even find a hairdressers and children’s nursery within the complex, making Hawksfield a popular local hangout.


Wadebridge is in one of the top 10 places to live in Britain according to the Sunday Times. With its close proximity to the wonderful beaches of the North Coast as well as the range of artisan shops, restaurants and cafe’s available in the main shopping area, it’s no wonder that property prices in the town has risen by an average 17% over the last 5 years, sitting at a current average of £371,000. 

The town is awash with townhouses and period property accompanied by seriously stylish modern riverside apartments. Wadebridge has grown in size, significantly over the last 15 years but throughout that period, the town has managed to retain style and has not lost its character with the infiltration of modern housing developments, crammed full of property.

What sets Wadebridge apart from many other towns both locally and nationally is it’s stylish, relaxed riverside living with a thriving town centre, helping to make it one of the most desirable places to buy a home. Born and bred locals haven’t been forgotten either with a decent volume of affordable housing available to those hoping to get their foot on the ladder. Wherever you decide to live in Wadebridge, you are unlikely to be disappointed!

Why we love Wadebridge!

  • Independent and artisan shops
  • An abundance of green outdoor space
  • Low Crime Rates making it a safe place
  • Local events such as Royal Cornwall Show
  • A friendly and welcoming town
  • A town defined by its stunning river
  • Good transport links and close to beaches

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