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The unofficial capital of Cornish surfing, Newquay, is so much more than just a place to ride the waves. With car hire in Newquay you can also ride those Cornish roads to sample the region’s rugged, scenic charms and to reach a number of fascinating destinations.
Newquay is perfectly situated. Not only does it perch upon a knuckle of cliffs overlooking fine golden sands that take the brunt of those Atlantic rollers, but it is also rather handily in the centre of the north coast of Cornwall. This places all of this fascinating county’s attractions within easy reach, and those of beautiful Devon just a scenic drive away.
Newquay is known for its sandy Fistral and Watergate Bay beaches. On the seafront, the Blue Reef Aquarium features an underwater tunnel that passes through pufferfish, sharks and rays. Further inland, toward Trencreek, Newquay Zoo is surrounded by tropical gardens and home to lions, wildebeest and sloths.
Drive a little further, however, and things get wilder still.
The ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall is where some of the most dramatic coastal landscapes in the UK can be experienced. Along the way there’s breathtakingly beautiful beaches, the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, the space-age domes of the Eden Project, culinary creations of celebrity chefs and plenty of creative corners and kooky crafts to discover.
If you are flying in to Newquay you’ll land at Cornwall Airport Newquay, situated at Mawgan in Pydar, just four miles northeast of the town centre. The airport provides scheduled flight services across the UK, Europe, Middle East and the United States.
With Expedia you can arrange your hire a car from the airport itself or from many destinations throughout the town. Thanks to our network of car hire providers we can also arrange for you to pick up your hire car in Newquay but drop it off at another location in the UK.
Booking your car hire online for Newquay is simple. Just let us know what dates you need the car for and where you’d like to pick it up and drop it off from. We then search for all the latest deals on car hire in Newquay and let you compare the prices on offer for a wide range of vehicles. Whether you are looking for a compact, mini-class car or a spacious SUV, you’ll be able to find the perfect transport for your Cornish getaway.
Between Wadebridge and Newquay, past St Columb Minor, the large village of St Columb Major boasts some fine old houses and welcoming country pubs. If you are lucky enough to be visiting on Shrove Tuesday you can catch a game of ‘Hurling the Silver Ball’, an ancient game which was once common throughout the county but is now played in just two places, the other being St. Ives. While in St. Columb Major, be sure to visit one of the best-preserved Iron Age hill forts in the county, Castle an Dinas.
A 30-minute drive north up the coast will bring you to Pentire. At Pentire Point you can enjoy bracing walks over the dramatic headlands that jut out into the Atlantic Ocean. There are cycling tracks and opportunities for horse riding here too. From the clifftop you can see the expanse of Padstow Bay, where the mouth of the River Camel and its tributaries form wide creeks. The prehistoric site of the Rumps can be reached across a narrow strip of land nearby.
There are many more ancient sites to explore when you rent a car in Newquay. Stonehenge is just over a two-hour’s drive – a mere fraction of time compared to how long these iconic Neolithic stone structures have stood. The Roman city of Exeter is an hour and a half away, and it boasts a magnificent Gothic cathedral and intriguing medieval underground passages. Back in Cornwall, there’s Tintagel Castle, accessible by car in under an hour, lying in atmospheric ruins and shrouded in mists and myths on its clifftop perch.
Those with a passion for art can drive south for an hour to admire St. Ives, where the 100-year-old artistic community has been reinvigorated by the arrival of the Tate Gallery.
For many, though, the reason for booking car hire in Newquay is to experience the landscapes of the south. From the medieval harbour of Boscastle to the craggy granite outcrops of Dartmoor, the views vary from the charming to the foreboding. And, of course, at Land’s End there is an iconic location that is lined with coastal paths and cliff trails to explore.
With all of Devon and Cornwall accessible within a few hour’s drive, the only limit to your sightseeing is your imagination. And, perhaps, Land’s End...
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