Newquay Travel Guide

Introduction to Newquay

Newquay may be the super cool, undisputed surf capital of the UK, but don’t let the fact you don’t surf stop you from visiting this charming seaside town in the beautiful Cornish countryside. With buckets and spades at the ready, Newquay’s miles and miles of golden sandy beaches make it a wonderful choice for a family holiday. Quirky narrow streets are adorned with Scrumpy shops, beach balls and sticks of colourful rock; tea room windows heave under the weight of delectable goodies while cosy pub clientele spill out into lively beer gardens and into the streets. Safe, easy to get around and a sea view guaranteed, Newquay is not just for the suntanned surf brigade. It’s for everyone! 

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach – Surf boards at the ready! Newquay’s most famous beach offers some of the best waves in the area. 

Trenance Gardens, Cornwall, Newquay

Trenance Gardens – Take a break from the beach. Stroll beautiful flower-filled gardens, let lake water lap at your feet, horse ride, row or enjoy a game of crazy golf!

Newquay Harbour

Newquay Harbour – Newquay Harbour is sill an important fishing port today and has some fantastic seafood restaurants.

Other things to do in Newquay

Newquay is known for its awesome surf. The best waves can be caught on super-hip Fistral Beach. If you don’t already surf there are plenty of schools that will teach you to ride those waves. Alternatively, why not try your hand at kayaking, coasteering, diving, body boarding or sailing. Just a stone’s throw from the centre of town, Trenance Gardens provide a green sanctuary away from the sand where you can boat on a lake or stroll through beautiful landscaped gardens. If you fancy a little fishing, the Gannel Estuary is the place to catch a brown trout or two. Newquay’s picturesque streets burst at the seams with shops selling everything from fashion to food to buckets and spades. Take home some local Cornish fudge or a bottle of cider. After a hard day on the beach, Newquay’s cafes are the best places to relax with a mouth-watering cream tea. At night, Newquay buzzes to the sound of pub-goers spilling out into the streets and live music wafting from intimate venues. With outdoor activities galore, beautiful beaches and a nightlife as wild as Fistral’s waves, Newquay is the place to do as much or as little as you please.

Eating and drinking in Newquay

With a bustling fishing port, Newquay serves up a taste of the finest Cornish seafood. Restaurants and cafes line the Harbour offering up everything from lobster to mussels, accompanied by the best of local produce. Charming cafes in the centre of town tempt visitors with their scrumptious cream teas and sweet treats while traditional pubs serve up filling lunches and evening meals in a family friendly atmosphere – ideal for keeping up your energy after a day in the surf. There are plenty of places to drink in Newquay from laid-back beach bars to cosy pubs. If you fancy a longer stay, there is a nice slection of hotels in Newquay to meet every kind of budget.  And, if you want to boogie the night away, Newquay has a vibrant club scene that will have you dancing until dawn.

Newquay climate

Newquay has a maritime climate with warm springs, often hot summers and mild, wet winters. Summer months can see brief thunderstorms and rainy spells but on the whole temperatures are warm, getting into the mid-twenties. The most rainfall occurs from November to January but temperatures rarely drop below five degrees.

When to go to Newquay

For the best weather, May through to September are the warmest months with plenty of sunshine to enjoy days on the beach and a whole host of summer festivals and surf competitions. The spring months from March to May are much quieter, with fewer tourists but still with temperatures warm enough to enjoy Newquay’s many outdoor activities. 

Flying to Newquay

Newquay International Airport is located just outside the city centre but can be reached by car or taxi in around 20 minutes. The airport provides year round flights to Newquay from Manchester and Gatwick and summer flights to Edinburgh. 

 Newquay Deals

Hotels in Newquay

Car hire in Newquay

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