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A travel enthusiast’s guide to Newquay, Cornwall

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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12 Places You’d Never Believe Were In The U.K.

The U.K. landscape varies wildly, from the snow-swept peaks of Ben Nevis to the tropical looking, white sandy beaches of Cornwall. It wasn’t for the weather, you’d probably never have to go abroad at all.

1. The Maldives?

Put away your passport (and your sun cream): this perfect white sandy shore is actually Seilebost Beach in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

2. Mont Blanc?

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This is actually the Observatory Gully on Ben Nevis in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Standing at 1,344 metres (4,409 ft) above sea level, it’s the highest mountain in the UK.

3. Italy?

Good guess, but this is actually the quirky Portmerion Village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. If it looks familiar, that might be because it was used as the location for surreal 60s spy drama The Prisoner.

4. Ancient Greece?

No, this is Cornwall. The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea. The theatre is at Porthcurno, 4 miles from Land’s End in Cornwall, England.

5. Normandy?

Nope, Cornwall again! St Michael’s Mount’s Cornish name means “grey rock in the woods”, and may represent a folk memory of a time before Mount’s Bay was flooded. The Cornish legend of Lyonesse, an ancient kingdom said to have extended from Penwith toward the Isles of Scilly, also talks of land being inundated by the sea.

6. Cyprus?

This might look like a Mediterranean sun-trap, but it’s actually Achmelvich Beach in the Highlands of Scotland. Sutherland, to be precise.

7. Polynesia?

You don’t have to go to the Pacific ocean to visit this reef-like inlet. It’s actually part of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Two miles to the north of Lizard Village lies the secluded Kynance Cove, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

8. South of France?

Although it looks Provence-like, the road signs and very British-looking onlookers clearly show that this picture-perfect village is actually in England. It’s called Cockington (stop sniggering) and it’s only a stone’s throw from Torquay in Devon.

9. Portugal?

This lookalike starts with the same letters, at least. This is Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, Cornwall. The deep blue water is popular with surfers.

10. New Zealand?

This is actually a view from the top of the deliciously named Cheddar Gorge in Somerset’s Mendip Hills. No hobbits here!

11. India?

This Taj Mahal style building is Brighton’s iconic Royal Pavilion. It was built in three stages as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811.

12. Skyrim?

No, it’s not actually a location from a video game. This is the spectacular Smoo Cave in Durness, Sutherland (Scottish Highlands). The cave is unique within the UK in that the first chamber has been formed by the sea, and the inner chambers by rainwater.

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