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Newquay [1] is the surf capital of Great Britain. Generally a youthful vibrant town located in the county of Cornwall. Check out the official award winning tourism website here[2] for actvities, beaches, maps, downloads, blogs and accommodation.


The resort is widely regarded as the surf capital of the UK. Newquay is a centre for the surf industry in Britain, with many surf stores, board manufacturers and hire shops in the town.

Newquay Harbour

Newquay has been a major tourist destination for more than a century, principally on account of its coastline and nine long and accessible sandy beaches, including Fistral. Around 22,000 people live in Newquay, but the population can increase to 100,000 or more in the summer because Newquay has a large stock of holiday accommodation.

Get in[edit]

By Road[edit]

Coming from Exeter, take the A30 to Newquay. Leave there and continue on the A392 which takes you directly into the town.

By Rail[edit]

Newquay is connected to the national rail network via a branch line linking to Par Station. There are frequent services from Par to London Paddington, Manchester and Glasgow (and points between) and vice versa. Connecting trains on the Par-Newquay branch line are limited to a few per day - check before travel to avoid long waits at Par.

By Coach[edit]

Daily services operated by National Express go directly to Newquay from all parts of the country. Local bus services to many parts of Cornwall are operated by Western Greyhound, Summercourt Travel, First Devon & Cornwall and Truronian.

By Air[edit]

Newquay has its own international airport, which has daily flights to London Gatwick and Manchester, operated by Flybe, plus summer flights to Edinburgh. The airport is located a bit outside of the town (about 20min by car) and can be reached by bus or taxi. When departing from Newquay Airport be prepared to spend £5.00 extra tax used for the extension of the terminal building).

Get around[edit]

All places in Newquay are within walking distance.


  • Tunnels Through Time, St. Micheals Road TR7 1RA, +44 1637 873379 (), [3]. Open from April to October from 10am to 4pm.. A museum dedicated to Cornwall's history and legends. Phone for more details. 4.40 Adults, 2.20 Children. Discounts for students (ID required) and families..  edit
  • Run to the Sun Festival. taking place at the end of May, this festivals brings loads of people in VW camper vans, Beetles and other cars to the city. The festival is a typical VW festival and is supported by live-DJs and live music.  edit
  • Blue Reef Aquarium.  edit


Fistral Beach

Newquay is well-known as a surfer's paradise. Therefore it offers plenty of beaches:

  • Crantock Beach - quiet beach, 2km away from the city centre along the coastal path
  • Fistral Beach - Newquays most popular beach, located to the West of Towards Head. Famous as a surf centre, has life guards during summer months. International surf competitions are held here.
  • Great Western- a popular family beach, can be accessed from Cliff Road besides to the Great Western Hotel.
  • Harbour - Newquays smallest Beach, very popular with families
  • Holywell Bay (North of Perranporth) -
  • Lusty Glaze Beach - offers a large variety of shops and restaurants.
  • Porth Joke (Polly Joke)
  • Porth (North of Newquay)
  • Tolcarne Beach
  • Towan Beach - (Town Beach) - close to the town centre. Surfing is not allowed at this beach apart from at low tide. The beach can be accessed from the harbour (there are steps leading to the beach right from the end of the quay) Parking space for car is available, dogs are allowed too.
  • Watergate Bay (North of Newquay)


  • Newquay Golf Club, Tower Road, TR7 1LT, Club House: +44 1637 872091, [4]. A semi-private golf club in 1890. Total yardage Championship:6141, Mens: 5708, and Womens: 5364. £31 non-member.  edit
  • Cornish Wave Mobile Surf School, Headland Point, Fistral Beach, Newquay (Follow signs for Fistral Beach & Little Fistral), 07771718125, [5]. always open. Cornish Wave has a professional team of Qualified Beach Life Guards and ISA trained surf coaches. With years of instructional experience to draw upon Cornish Wave guests couldn't be in safer hands.  edit



  • The Central Inn - Nice pub, if you are not bothered with the television screens playing MTV all the time. Serves good food.

Newquay's town centre is home to a large number of nightclubs.



  • St Christopher’s Inns Newquay (Newquay Hostel), 35 Fore Street, Newquay, Cornwall, UK, TR7 1HR, +44 1637 8591110 (, fax: +33 1 4034 3440), [6]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. A rugged but well maintained hostel located on the cliff above Towan Beach. Attached surf school and backpackers bar. £10.50 with breakfast included.  edit


  • The Square House, Chapel Hill, tel. +44 1637 872094 - Nice Self Catering Holiday House, great location. Sleeps upto 12
  • Minerva Hotel, The Crescent, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1DT, overlooking the ocean,close to city centre, friendly staff. (Tel. +44 1637 873439)
  • Pendeen Hotel, 7 Alexandra Road, Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3ND, very nice hotel. They have great food. Their specialty is seafood. Tel. +44 1637 873521
  • Goofys - Boutique Hostel, Headland Road, Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HW, Take a blend of facilities - from Hotel, Bed & Breakfast, Surf Lodge, Hostel - together with one of Newquay's most prominent and popular locations - and you get a Boutique Hostel - Goofys. Tel. +44 1637 872684
  • Sands Resort Hotel, Watergate Road, Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3LX (close to Newquay airport and train station), +44 1637 872864, [7]. checkin: 3 pm; checkout: 10.30 am. Family friendly hotel with large rooms, baby listening service, kids clubs, sports, spa, gym and playgrounds. Close to Porth Beach and family attractions.  edit
  • Ally's Retreat, 6 Atlantic Road, Newquay, 01637 709073. Double and family rooms ensuite sleeps up to 6 with breakfast and use of jacuzzi, sauna, massage facilities, babysitting service available £20 pp., panoramic sea views, yoga sessions, 5 minutes from town centre and Fistral beach.  edit


Stay healthy[edit]

While Cornwall may seem harmless, it has the highest chlamydia rate in the country due to the large number of tourists, mostly in Newquay.


  • Newquay Tourist Information Centre on +44 1637 854020.
  • Cybersurf @ Newquay Internet Cafe, opposite Somerfield Shopping Centre. A friendly, small internet-cafe, with laptop connection service. (call +44 1637 875497 for more details on opening times)

Get out[edit]

  • Go for Land's End, Englands most southwesterly point.

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