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A travel enthusiast’s guide to Newquay, Cornwall

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Located in the picturesque county of Cornwall, Newquay is a popular seaside resort that offers tourists a plethora of things to do and see.

With such an array of wonderful beaches, it’s hardly surprising that hundreds of Newquaythousands of people flock to Newquay every year. Newquay epitomises everything that’s great about British seaside resorts, from its pleasant eateries, to its bustling nightlife, there is literally something for everyone!

In this article I will provide you with a guide to one of Britains most cherished seaside resorts:

Where to stay

There is certainly no shortage of places to stay in and around the Newquay Town Centre. If you’re visiting Newquay as a family, there are a number of great Bed and Breakfast hotels, all of which are priced very reasonably. The best place to stay will depend on what you plan to do when you get there. If you want to enjoy the nightlife, its recommended that you stay somewhere in the town centre.

If you’re visiting Newquay to enjoy its many surfing beaches, there is some great surf lodges located close to the beaches. These lodges have a very unique vibe and are a great place to relax in-between surf sessions. Newquay is very popular during the summer months, so it’s recommended that you book your accommodation two or three months prior to your arrival.

Where to eat

As you would expect with any seaside resort, Newquay boasts a plethora of great seafood restaurants. If fish is your thing, The Boathouse Restaurant is a must! All of their food is locally sourced and customers get to enjoy their food in its beautiful harbour surroundings. If fish isn’t to your taste pallet, Butchers Bistro is renowned for its steaks, and the prices are pretty reasonable too! Their passion for Cornish food is evident in everything they do. They also have a number of themed European nights.

Where to visit

Regardless of whether you visit Newquay as part of a group, with the family, or as a couple, there is something for everyone. If you want to enjoy a family day out, look no further than the Blue Reef Aquarium. Here you can enjoy over 40 themed habitats that will take you on a journey from local waters to the Caribbean. The aquarium also has a breeding programme in place, so expect to see some infant sharks, pipefish and seahorses.

If you’re feeling nostalgic, take a trip to Towan head where you will find Huers Hut, a small white hut that is steeped in heritage and history. It is said by many that the hut dates back to the 14th Century. Its primary purpose was to be used as a lookout by the ‘Huer’! The Huer played an important part in Newquays fishing industry at the time. He was responsible for spotting shoals and then alerting Newquays fishermen of their arrival. The views from the Hut are unbelievable, so it’s definitely worth visiting!


If you enjoy walking, Newquay boasts some excellent coastal paths. Possibly the best of all is the walk from Newquay to Mawgan Porth. The walk begins at the resort centre, passing many of Newquay’s most popular beaches. The path then takes you onto the gigantic beach at Watergate Bay, a firm favourite among surfers and then onto the famous Mawgan Porth beach.

The majority of the beaches you will pass along the way have seaside awards to their name, making it a perfect walk if you want to take a break and spend some time on the beach or go for a swim. Newquay to Perranporth is another enjoyable walk and takes you past the world famous Fistral beach.

How to get around

Newquay has a comprehensive network of bus services which provide tourists with a frequent and reliable way to travel in and around the town. The primary bus operator in Newquay is Western Greyhound; they run services across Cornwall to all of the surrounding attractions villages and towns.

They also provide a regular inbound service for anyone staying on the outskirts of Newquay. There are also a number of taxi firms in the town centre, but please be aware that most of these taxis need to be pre booked. The Newquay town centre is approximately 6 miles from Newquay airport, and takes around 15/20 minutes by taxi.

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This article was contributed by David at Mor Lodge Newquay

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