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Newquay (Cornish: Tewynblustri) is the surf capital of Great Britain. Generally a youthful vibrant town in the county of Cornwall. Check the official award winning tourism website for activities, beaches, maps, downloads, blogs and accommodation.

Get in

By road

Follow the M5 to Exeter, then take the A30 to Newquay. Leave this road near Indian Queens and continue on the A39 and then A392 which takes you directly into the town.

By train

1 Newquay station is the terminus of a branch line that connects to the main line at Par. From Par, trains run hourly to London Paddington (4 hr 30 min, via PlymouthExeter and Reading) and to Penzance (1 hour); other destinations often involve a change at Exeter. There are six or seven trains a day between Par and Newquay, so check before travel to avoid long waits at Par. If your train is late and you're going to miss your connection, speak to the conductor who may be able to hold the connection or organise other transport. You also need to alert the conductor if you want to get off at most of the halts along the branch line. Newquay station is just east of town centre on Cliff Rd.

By bus

National Express buses run four times a day from London Victoria (NX406, 503 and 504) via Heathrow Airport, Reading, Plymouth or Exeter, and Bodmin, taking 8 hours to Newquay and continuing to Penzance. Redwood Travel (on behalf of Megabus) runs the same Victoria-Newquay route daily; it doesn't extend to Penzance.

Bus NX330 runs daily from Nottingham via Leicester, Birmingham, Worcester, BristolPlymouth and Bodmin to Newquay and Penzance. It's usually more convenient to change in Plymouth for journeys from the north and Midlands.

First Kernow buses run every 30 min or so to Truro, taking an hour by a variety of routes. For Penzance take one of these and change at Glenthorne Road for the T1, or for the T2 for St Ives.

Bus 25 runs every two hours from Newquay to St AustellPar railway station and Fowey.

By plane

2 Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY IATA), St Mawgan TR8 4RQ (6 miles northeast of town). There are flights from Alicante, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Faro internationally and Aberdeen,Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, and Newcastle domestically. Most flights are seasonal.
There are two small cafes, one landside and one airside. Two car hire companies have desks in Arrivals. There's no left-luggage facility. First Kernow bus A5 calls at the airport hourly. This runs west to Newquay (20 min) and north to Padstow (50 min), with the last buses at around 6:30 PM.  

Get around

Many places in Newquay of interest to visitors are within walking distance. Some outlying suburbs and beaches are 4 km or more from the centre.

See

  • 1 Blue Reef Aquarium, Towan Promenade, TR7 1DU (right next to Towan beach), ☏ +44 1637 878134. Although it is small, it is wel worth checking out. It has an octopus along with many other fish and marine animals, sea horses, starfish, sharks, etc. Also has a fish tank tunnel you can walk thorough. 
  • 2 Trerice, Kestle Mill, TR8 4PG, ☏ +44 1637 875404, ✉ trerice@nationaltrust.org.uk.  

Do

Newquay is well known as a surfer's paradise. Therefore it offers plenty of beaches:

  • Crantock Beach - quiet beach, 2 km away from the city centre along the coastal path
  • Fistral Beach - Newquays most popular beach, located 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, can be accessed from Cliff Road besides to the Great Western Hotel.
  • Harbour - Newquay's smallest beach, very popular with families
  • Holywell Bay (south of Crantock)
  • Lusty Glaze Beach - offers a variety of shops and restaurants.
  • Porth Joke or Polly Joke (between Crantock and Holywell Bay)
  • Porth (north of Lusty)
  • Tolcarne Beach
  • Towan Beach - (Town Beach) - close to the town centre. Surfing is not allowed at this beach apart from 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 too.
  • Whipsiderry (between Porth and Watergate)
  • Watergate Bay (north of Newquay)
  • 1 Newquay Golf Club, Tower Road, TR7 1LT, ☏ +44 1637 872091, ✉ info@newquaygolfclub.co.uk. 9AM-4PM. A semi-private golf club established in 1890. Total yardage Championship: 6141, Mens: 5708, and Womens: 5364. £31 non-member. (updated Apr 2019)

Eat

Drink

  • 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 listed here [1].

Sleep

Dog Friendly

  • Dog Friendly Accommodation (Dog Friendly Cottages). A large collection of specifically dog friendly cottages and apartments Broad range of prices to suit budget. 

Budget

  • St Christopher’s Inns Newquay (Newquay Hostel), 35 Fore Street, Newquay, Cornwall, UK, TR7 1HR, ☏ +44 163 785 91110, fax: +33 140 343 440, ✉ newquay@st-christophers.co.uk. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 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. 

Mid-range

  • The Square House, Chapel Hill, ☏ +44 1637 872094. Nice self-catering holiday house, great location. Sleeps up to 12 
  • Minerva Hotel, The Crescent, TR7 1DT, ☏ +44 1637 873439. Overlooking the ocean,close to city centre, friendly staff. 
  • Pendeen Hotel, 7 Alexandra Road, Porth, TR7 3ND, ☏ +44 1637 873521. A very nice hotel. They have great food. Their specialty is seafood. 
  • Goofys - Boutique Hostel, Headland Road, Fistral Beach, TR7 1HW, ☏ +44 1637 872684. A blend of facilities: hotel, bed & breakfast, surf lodge, hostel, and one of Newquay's most prominent and popular locations. (updated Dec 2018)

Splurge

  • 1 Leewinnick Lodge, Pentire Headland, Newquay TR7 1QD, ☏ +44 1637 878117. Upscale hotel perched on the headland cliffs, good restaurant. B&B double £200. (updated Jul 2020)
  • 2 Headland Hotel, Headland Rd, Newquay TR7 1EW, ☏ +44 1637 872211. Grand old hotel on the headland cliffs above Fistral Beach, chic dining. Dog-friendly. B&B double £150. (updated Jul 2020)
  • 3 The Scarlet, Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth TR8 4DQ (off B3276), ☏ +44 1637 861800. Upscale adults-only hotel and spa, great comfort, service and dining. Open Feb-Dec. B&B double £220. (updated Jun 2020)
  • Bedruthan Hotel, Trenance, Mawgan Porth TR8 4BU (on B3276 just below Scarlet Hotel), ☏ +44 1637 860860. Family-friendly hotel and spa above the beach. Comfy Scandi style. B&B double from £170. (updated Jun 2020)
  • 4 Watergate Bay Hotel, Watergate Bay TR8 4AA, ☏ +44 1637 860543. Upscale hotel in beach-shack style, has water activities. B&B double £200. (updated Jul 2020)

Connect

  • Newquay Tourist Information Centre on 01637 854020 or visit the official website here [2]
  • Newquay Nightlife - Newquay's comprehensive guide to pubs, clubs and restaurants in Newquay [3]
  • Cybersurf @ Newquay Internet Cafe, opposite Somerfield Shopping Centre. A friendly, small internet-cafe, with laptop connection service. Call 01637 875497 for more details on opening times.

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