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.

Top hotels in Newquay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
4 out of 5
The price is £135 per night

Located in the heart of Newquay, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Newquay Golf Club and Fistral Beach. Harbour Beach and Towan Beach are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (301 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 22 Mar 2020

Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
The Atlantic Hotel
The Atlantic Hotel
4 out of 5
Dane Road, Newquay, England
The price is £175 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! (377 reviews)
Fabulous

"Fabulous view and amazing staff on reception and in the restaurant"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

The Atlantic Hotel
Shore Lodge
Shore Lodge
3.5 out of 5
110 Mount Wise, Newquay, England
The price is £50 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pirate's Quest Newquay and Fistral Beach. Porth Beach is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. Newquay Station is ...

4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)

"We had an excellent stay at Shore Surf Lodge - our room was very comfortable with everything we needed for our stay in Newquay. The lodge is situated very close to all the beaches and to town - you're never more than a 5 minute walk to anywhere. The communal areas were kept immaculate and the owners ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Shore Lodge

Popular places to visit in Newquay

Fistral Beach
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Fistral Beach

4.5/5(181 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

4.5/5(109 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

4.5/5(183 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(107 reviews)

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

Newquay Zoo
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Newquay Zoo

4.5/5(11 reviews)

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 savour its top-notch restaurants.

Crantock Beach
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Crantock Beach

4.5/5(48 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Crantock Beach might be the perfect place to visit 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

£1,388
Per adult
Surf lesson
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Surf lesson

£37
Per adult
Coasteering
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Coasteering

£49
Per adult

Reviews of Newquay

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

Excellent definitely going again. Xxx

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

The Merrymoor is in Mawgan Porth not

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Important to go during the summer season, as more is open. Other than that Headland hotel was wonderful!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

it’s our happy place - even was lucky enough to get married there xx

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

Newquay itself is (like a lot of seaside towns) in need of some tlc.

4/5 - Good

Prof

27 Nov 2019

It’s somewhat down market - tattoo parlours and takeaways - but well situated on the cliffs.