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Newquay

Travel Guide
Fistral Beach showing a sandy beach and a coastal town as well as a large group of people

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

The Marina Hotel
The Marina Hotel
3 out of 5
Narrowcliff, Newquay, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Newquay City Centre, this beach hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tolcarne Beach, Fistral Beach, and Porth Beach. Watergate Bay Beach and Watergate Bay ...
4.1/5Very Good! (16 reviews)
"Our room was spacious and had a great sea view which we were not expecting. The bed was comfy and got a good nights sleep. The bar area was ok to sit and chill out in and the location of the hotel was fantastic right on the sea front. Biggest problem was the building next door had works going on ..."

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2021

The Marina Hotel
Great Western Hotel
Great Western Hotel
3 out of 5
Cliff Road, Newquay, England
The price is $152 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in Newquay City Centre, this beach hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Great Western Beach, Fistral Beach, and Porth Beach. Watergate Bay Beach and Watergate ...
4/5Very Good! (353 reviews)
"Liked/ loved the location ( over looking the beach). Rooms were very clean, modern and spacious. All staff very polite and helpful. Restaurant food was excellent. We would recommend staying at this hotel."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Great Western Hotel
Kilbirnie Hotel
Kilbirnie Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Narrowcliff, Newquay, England
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 ...
3.9/5Good! (149 reviews)
"Best asset is the staff - very nice, friendly and ready to help in any way possible. Hotel standard and quality is equivalent to the rates so no complaints about it being a little bit dated. Good bar with decent beers and good fish and chips and English breakfast"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Kilbirnie Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Reef Island Apartments
Reef Island Apartments
3.5 out of 5
30-32 Island Cres, Newquay, England
The price is $318 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Newquay City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Western Beach and Fistral Beach. Porth Beach and Watergate Bay Beach are also ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Enjoyably stay
"Had the reef penthouses Was well impressed Separate lounge and dining room kitchen A bit of a sea view from ghe bay windows Top floor .. no lift So not suitable for everyone"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Reef Island Apartments
Waters Edge
Waters Edge
3.5 out of 5
17C Cliff Road, Newquay, England
Located in Newquay City Centre, this beachfront cottage is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Great Western Beach, Fistral Beach, and Porth Beach. ...
Waters Edge
Newquay Bay Resort 2 Bedroom Caravan
Newquay Bay Resort 2 Bedroom Caravan
Newquay, ENG
Situated in Newquay, this campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps and Porth Beach. Watergate Bay Beach and Watergate Bay are also within ...
Newquay Bay Resort 2 Bedroom Caravan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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