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

Great Western Hotel
Great Western Hotel
3 out of 5
Cliff Road, Newquay, England, TR7 2NE
The price is £95 per night from 11 Sep to 12 Sep
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Newquay. Enjoy room service, on-site parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (498 reviews)
Parking
"Lovely hotel situated right on the cliff. Lovely view from our room. Parking is an issue. We stayed for 4 nights but were only able to have 3 days parking at the off-site hotel car park, which is a little walk from the hotel(which there is also a £10 daily fee to park even though we were staying ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2022

Great Western Hotel
Best Western Hotel Bristol
Best Western Hotel Bristol
3 out of 5
Narrowcliff, Newquay, England, TR7 2PQ
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Newquay. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (313 reviews)
"all great"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2022

Best Western Hotel Bristol
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Esplanade Road, Newquay, England, TR7 1PT
The price is £185 per night from 18 Aug to 19 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Newquay. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (360 reviews)
"Really recommend this hotel. Staff were super friendly and helpful from the moment we arrived to when we left. Was delightful to be child free for a few days. Spa treatments were excellent. Come here if you're looking for a grown up beach break with spectacular views, lovely (albeit sometimes blustery, ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2022

Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa - Adults Only
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.
Lusty Glaze Beach Accommodation
Lusty Glaze Beach Accommodation
4 out of 5
Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay, England, TR7 3AE
Stay at this 4-star beach holiday home in Newquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a private beach. Popular attractions Porth Beach and Lusty Glaze Beach are ...
Lusty Glaze Beach Accommodation
Beachcombers Apartments
Beachcombers Apartments
4 out of 5
Watergate Bay, Newquay, England, TR8 4AB
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Newquay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (47 reviews)
Beachcombers Newquay
"Absolutely lovely place to stay, great location, close to the beach fully equipped self contained apartment. I will definitely be coming back, uts literally like home from home."

Reviewed on 7 May 2022

Beachcombers Apartments
Reef Island Apartments
Reef Island Apartments
3.5 out of 5
30-32 Island Cres, Newquay, England, TR7 1DZ
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Newquay. Enjoy free WiFi, 10 beach bars and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Blue Reef Aquarium and Newquay Parish Church ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
A small but precious gem
"This beautiful studio made for an excellent family hub during our Cornish holiday! It is well equipped and the communication was excellent, during the holiday and in the lead up to it. The location couldn’t be better! We would definitely come back."

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2021

Reef Island Apartments
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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