NewquayUnited Kingdom

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Admire historic sites, enjoy quaint coastal walks and seek out hidden coves that lie between rugged headlands in the surf capital of the country.

The surfing haven and fishing town of Newquay is among the largest and most well-known parts of Cornwall. Gardens and family-fun attractions complement its stunning collection of cliff-sheltered beaches. Peruse the town center’s independent boutiques and rental shops, which celebrate the town’s surf culture.

Bring your board to sandy Fistral Beach, one of England’s most famous surfing spots. Practice surfing on the enormous waves of “the Widow Maker” and take part in surfing competitions. Behind the sand is Newquay Golf Club, which has stellar sea views.

Newquay has a variety of beaches to suit all tastes, from the headland-sheltered shores of Porth Beach to the polo contests and restaurants of Watergate Bay. Access the most central and popular stretch of sand, Towan Beach, on foot from the town center. During high tide, retreat to the higher-ground boutiques and cafés for excellent views of the sea.

Overlooking Towan Beach is the Blue Reef Aquarium, which contains more than 40 displays of intriguing marine life. Look for sea creatures such as reef sharks, moray eels and rays within its tanks.

At the end of May, Newquay is host to the Run to the Sun car and music festival. Inspect custom cars and enjoy the high-energy atmosphere as acclaimed DJs and performers entertain the revelers.

Try fish and chips or a Cornish pasty, a delicious pastry filled with vegetables and meat. Stay until after dusk to witness the town’s nightlife. Mingle with locals in traditional pubs or dance all night at the discos.

Expect warm and sunny summers. Winters here, which are usually dull, cold and wet, are perfect for storm-watching.

Fly to Newquay Cornwall Airport, which is 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of the city. Trains and buses also carry passengers to Newquay from other locations within the country. Drive the scenic 280-mile (450-kilometer) route from London in around 5 hours.

Newquay attracts young surfer crowds and families with its picturesque beaches and fun activities.

Where to stay in Newquay

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Newquay City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(6 area reviews)

Newquay City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for is beaches, lively bars, and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Newquay Zoo or Tolcarne Beach while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Newquay City Centre

Top Hotels in Newquay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Esplanade Road, Newquay, England
¥5,891
per night
Mar 17 - Mar 18

Located in the heart of Newquay, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newquay Golf Club and Fistral Beach. Harbour Beach and Towan Beach are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (253 reviews)

"The view of Fistral the spa facilities were amazing. Food really good from bar. Rooms clean. We were on first floor sea view. Was a little noisy with corridor doors opening and closing from other guests"…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
The Headland Hotel and Spa
The Headland Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
Fistral Beach, Newquay, England
¥16,660
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

This family-friendly Newquay hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Fistral Beach and Blue Reef Aquarium. Newquay Zoo and Tolcarne Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (510 reviews)

"Historical, classic and relaxing! Staff were all extremely helpful and friendly. The breakfast included with our staff was very tasty, it also had plenty of choice!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

The Headland Hotel and Spa
Best Western Hotel Bristol
Best Western Hotel Bristol
3 out of 5
Narrowcliff, Newquay, England
¥6,669
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Located in Newquay City Centre, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tolcarne Beach, Lusty Glaze Beach, and Towan Beach. Newquay Boating Lake and Newquay ...

4/5Very Good! (241 reviews)

"Nice hotel. Friendly staff. Helpful staff. good loaction, easy parking"…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

Best Western Hotel Bristol

Popular things to do in Newquay

Fistral Beach
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Fistral Beach

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Bring your board to one of the best surfing spots in the country and attempt to ride the crashing Atlantic waves.

Watergate Bay Beach
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Watergate Bay Beach

4/5(4 reviews)

Watch a game of polo, eat at a famous chef’s restaurant and surf the impressive waves of this scenic bay.

Porth Beach
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Porth Beach

4/5(12 reviews)

Follow scenic nature trails along the coast and enjoy the views of the headland cliffs surrounding this serene, family-friendly cove.

Watergate Bay
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Watergate Bay

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Watergate Bay during your travels in Newquay. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Tolcarne Beach
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Tolcarne Beach

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Tolcarne Beach during your travels in Newquay? Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in the area.

Crantock Beach
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Crantock Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Crantock Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Newquay. Visit the area's spas or amble around its seaside.

Top activities in Newquay

Coasteering
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Coasteering

¥6,653
Per adult
Surf lesson
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Surf lesson

¥5,174
Per adult
Photography Workshop
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Photography Workshop

¥18,330
Per adult
One Day Beach Hut Hire Towan Beach Newquay, Cornwall
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One Day Beach Hut Hire Towan Beach Newquay, Cornwall

¥1,216
Per adult
Surf Lesson
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Surf Lesson

¥5,140
Per adult
Discover Falmouth's unique mindboggling history!
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Discover Falmouth's unique mindboggling history!

¥2,203
Per adult

Reviews of Newquay

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 11, 2019

Visit to Lands End was the primary reason and was well worth it!

5/5 - Excellent

D.Tena

Aug 23, 2019

Perfect and beautiful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2019

This is a beautiful area!

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Apr 16, 2019

Newquay is an over commercialized town and whatever charm it had is now gone. There were lots of tattoo parlors, surf and beach stores, and gambling and amusements. The train station was shabby. We read in the local paper that drugs and crime are a.

3/5 - Okay

Karen

Oct 11, 2018

Hotel in need of modernisation it is a nice little hotel in a good place but really needs updating.. breakfast was lovely