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NewquayUnited Kingdom

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
The Atlantic Hotel
The Atlantic Hotel
4 out of 5
Dane Road, Newquay, England
The price is ¥23,839 per night

Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huer's Hut and Fistral Beach. Porth Beach is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away. Newquay Station is 20 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (379 reviews)

"although a little tired & dated in some aspects, the level of service from the staff and the views more than make up for it, an excellent Hotel, food was excellent both breakfast & evening meal and the staff throughout were very welcoming, friendly & gave excellent service.."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

The Atlantic Hotel
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Esplanade Road, Newquay, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥37,082 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (302 reviews)

"Amazing stay , with the staff doing everything they could to make sure our time here was perfect . We had a complimentary upgrade and a private pool hire for an hour to ourselves : even at such a difficult time for all the staff they continued to make everyone happy"…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
Kilbirnie Hotel
Kilbirnie Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Narrowcliff, Newquay, England
The price is ¥17,809 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tolcarne Beach and Porth Beach. Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay Beach are also within 3 mi ...

3.9/5Very Good! (115 reviews)
Lowender Peran 2019

"Attended Lowender Peran festival which was very enjoyable(2nd time). Hotel definitely enhanced the visit with everything excellent. Will hope to visit again in future and would recommend your hotel."…"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Kilbirnie Hotel

Popular places to visit 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)

Explore the great outdoors at Watergate Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Newquay. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Newquay Zoo
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Newquay Zoo

5/5(1 review)

See the exotic and native animals who call Newquay Zoo home during your travels in Newquay. Stroll along the area's beautiful beaches, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.

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 things to do in Newquay

Beautiful Cornwall Two Day Private Tour
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Beautiful Cornwall Two Day Private Tour

¥188,738
Per adult
Photography Workshop
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Photography Workshop

¥17,708
Per adult
Surf Lesson
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Surf Lesson

¥4,875
Per adult
Surfing, Coasteering & Wild Camping
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Surfing, Coasteering & Wild Camping

¥23,082
Per adult
Private Two on One Surf Lesson in Newquay (2 students, 1 instructor)
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Private Two on One Surf Lesson in Newquay (2 students, 1 instructor)

¥19,121
Per adult
Private One on One Surf Lesson in Newquay
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Private One on One Surf Lesson in Newquay

¥13,648
Per adult

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