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Newquay [6] is the surf capital of Great Britain and a youthful vibrant town in Cornwall. Check out the official award winning tourism website with a lot of information.[7]


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, mainly on account of its coastline and nine long and accessible sandy beaches, the most popular being Fistral. Around 22,000 people live in Newquay, but the population can increase to 100,000 or more in the summer, as Newquay has a large stock of holiday accommodation.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

Frm 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. There are frequent services from Par to London Paddington, Manchester and Glasgow (and points between) and vice versa. There are only a few trains per day on the Par-Newquay branch line so 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. There are local bus services to many parts of Cornwall.

By air[edit]

Newquay has an international airport. Flights include summer flights to Edinburgh. The airport is about 20 min from the town and can be reached by bus or taxi as well When departing from Newquay Airport, be prepared for the £5.00 tax for the extension of the terminal building.

Get around[edit]

Almost all places in Newquay are within walking distance, but there are frequent buses.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Blue Reef Aquarium.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Fistral Beach

Newquay is known as a surfer's paradise and has many beaches:

  • Crantock Beach - quiet beach, 2 km away from the city centre along the coastal path
  • Fistral Beach - Newquay's most popular beach, 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 thatcan be accessed from Cliff Road near the Great Western Hotel.
  • Harbour - Newquay's 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 centre. Surfing is not allowed at this beach except at 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.
  • Watergate Bay (north of Newquay)
  • Newquay Golf Club, Tower Road, TR7 1LT, Club House: +44 1637 872091, [1]. A semi-private golf club in 1890. Total yardage Championship:6141, Mens: 5708, and Womens: 5364. £31 non-member.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Andys Cafe Newquay (Andys cafe), 15 East Street (Newquay), 01637870666, [2]. 8-5. Small independent family run dog friendly Cafe & Restaurant located in Newquay, Cornwall, open all year round. Menu provides something for all tastes, from all-day breakfast, homemade American style pancakes, sandwiches, cream teas with homemade scones, steaks, omelettes, jacket potatoes and various grill dishes. They also offer vegetarian food, including a selection of vegetarian breakfast – just ask. Specials board changes weekly, with a children’s menu too, they will even make a packed lunch for you that you can take to one of the nearby beaches. Well behaved dogs are welcome and often get treated to one of locally sourced Cornish sausages.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • 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 such as Lloyds No 1 and Walkabout.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • St Christopher’s Inns Newquay (Newquay Hostel), 35 Fore Street, Newquay, Cornwall, UK, TR7 1HR, +44 1637 8591110 (, fax: +33 1 4034 3440), [3]. 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, +44 1637 872094. Nice self-catering holiday house, great location. Sleeps upto 12  edit
  • Minerva Hotel, The Crescent, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1DT, +44 1637 873439. Overlooking the ocean, close to the centre, friendly staff.  edit
  • Pendeen Hotel, 7 Alexandra Road, Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3ND, +44 1637 873521. Very nice hotel. There is great food, and the specialty is seafood.  edit
  • Goofys - Boutique Hostel, Headland Road, Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HW,, +44 1637 872684. Take a blend of facilities, from hotel, bed and breakfast, surf lodge, hostel, together with one of Newquay's most prominent and popular locations, and you get a boutique hostel.  edit
  • Ally's Retreat, 6 Atlantic Road, Newquay (5 min from Fistral Beach and town centre), +44 01637 709073 (), [4]. Panoramic sea views. Double and family rooms ensuite, sleeps up to six with breakfast and use of jacuzzi, sauna, massage facilities, yoga sessions, babysitting service. From £50 per room, breakfast included.  edit


  • Sands Resort Hotel, Watergate Road, Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3LX (close to Newquay airport and train station), +44 1637 872864, [5]. 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

Stay healthy[edit]

While Cornwall may seem harmless, it has the highest chlamydia rate in the country from 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, Britain's most southwesterly point.

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