Newquay Harbour
Sunset over the Headland Hotel in Newquay
Summer in Newquay Harbour
Views over Newquay Bay
Newquay Headland From Great Western Beach

Newquay Guide


Newquay in Cornwall - miles of golden sandy beaches, world famous surf, stunning scenery, and not forgetting the beautiful Trenance gardens.

Those who chose holidays in Cornwall seldom leave disappointed - and in Newquay, Cornwall has a diamond. Let's Stay invites you on a tour of the marvellous Cornish town of Newquay... 

From M5 (south): leave the M5 at junction 31, then branch left and merge on to the A30. Stay on the A30 until you reach the turn off for Indian Queens, St Dennis and Newquay. At the roundabout take the third exit on to the A39. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit on to the A392 until Qunitrell Downs. At this roundabout you can take the 2nd or 3rd exit. Both routes will take you into Newquay.
By Train: You can travel to Cornwall via the Rail Network. Newquay train station is central to all accommodation and has a taxi rank outside the main entrance. Go to the National Rail website to plan your journey from wherever you are in the UK.
By Air: Newquay Cornwall Airport is serviced by flights from around the UK. Flybe, Ryanair, BMI Baby, Lufthansa, AirSouthWest and Skybus all operate out of Cornwall's premier Airport from most regional Airports. There are plenty of Car Hire and Taxis available at the Airport.


The discovery of an Iron Age hill fort near Trevelgue Head was the first sign of a settlement in Newquay. The Iron industry in Newquay began with the smelting of ore for weapons and tools.

Jumping forward to 1439 a New Quay was built in what was, by now, a small fishing village, thus the town of Newquay was born. On the headland overlooking the bay, the distinctive Huer’s hut is still a landmark in the town. The huer was the lookout for shoals of pilchard. Once spotted he would alert the towns fisherman and direct them to the shoal.

By 1801 the village population had grown to over one thousand and in the late 1800s the parish of Newquay was formed. The arrival of the train in 1876 was the signal for Newquay to start welcoming the tourist and the fishing village began to grow into a small town. Hotels were built to accommodate the new visitors, several of which still flourish today.

Also today you can see oared boats known as pilot gigs. These boats were used to help large ships negotiate up the Bristol channel. Crews would race out to be the first to land a pilot onto one of the ships. Races continue today with teams from all over Cornwall competing in Newquay Bay.

During the first part of the 20th Century many more hotels were built and the development of the town continued apace, with the pilchards now almost gone Newquay became more reliant on the tourist industry, however a small number of fishing boats still survive today.

With its 11 beaches and miles of golden sand, Newquay has become one of the UK’s most popular holiday resorts. Today, after a century as a major tourist destination, Newquay’s population can increase fivefold during the summer months to over 100,000 as people flock here to stay in one of the Newquay cottages, B&Bs or hotels.

From an Iron age settlement to one of the UK’s major holiday resorts, Newquay can justify its title - 'the Coast of Dreams'.   

Attractions, Activities and Events
Newquay Zoo
Set in the beautiful Trenance Park the Zoo has over 130 species, education and conservation programmes for the good of endangered species and habitats, fun days for all the family, a summer barbecue every day, Newquay Zoo has just about everything for a family day out. Education plays its part in Newquay Zoo. Endangered habitats and their species are always on the educational timetable. Indeed the Zoo has two indoor classrooms, hosts students and tourism chiefs to discuss all aspects of educating people at local, national and worldwide level to care for all animals that we share this planet with.

Newquay Fish Festival 2012
The Newquay Fish Festival, held in Newquay’s harbour in September, is more than just a fish festival. Bringing together locals and tourists, this three day annual event is bursting at the seams with entertainment and activity – a true food, crafts and music show.
Taking place from the 14th - 16th September 2012 and now into its 10th year, the festival centres of course on promoting local fresh produce, but it’s not just about the seafood.

The Blue Reef Aquarium
Blue Reef Aquarium, set on the marvellous location of Towan Beach, confirms this status. Every child, and adult come to that, should visit this attraction when in Newquay. The marine life on show is stunning, but the aquarium is not just there for our viewing of the sea life. It plays a critical part in conservation of our seas not just in Cornwall, but around the world.

Relentless Boardmasters
This great event takes place between August 8th – 12th 2012, across three sites in Newquay, each offering action sports including surfing, skate, BMX action, plus of course a daily line-up of live music acts. The festival attracts both hardened festival goers and also those already here enjoying their holidays in Cornwall.

Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park
Visit the Children's Village, tiny shops, houses, school and a church. What’s more there are no grown ups allowed in the Children’s Village! Then there is the Agility Trail and Junior Driving School. Children have the use of miniature cars and motorbikes at the Junior Driving School, and they can have a try at the agility trail. Then for the older children are the Theme Park Rides.  New in 2011 is the Dizzy Dina ride! Can you take the thrill of a 50 foot drop on The Beast. In any theme park in the world, everyone wants to go on a log flume, and it’s no different here at Crealy. Thunder Falls Log Flume is described as exciting, wet and a mega-soaking. If you like water rides, then after a soaking on the log flume, what about the Raging Rivers Raft Slide. If you want to get on the water without getting wet then you can have just as much Fun on the Water Walkerz. A giant inflatable ball that tests your balance and technique.

Trenance Gardens
Relaxing and scenic gardens in the heart of Newquay.You can’t imagine what a difference 10 minutes can make. From the busy town and beaches of Central Newquay take the short walk down Edgcumbe Avenue into the Trenance Valley and you find the tranquil Trenance Gardens. The gardens are split in two either side of Trenance Road. The first part, with a small woodland walk and charming stream meandering its way through park. The main area of Trenance Gardens has several picnic areas, a boating lake with its own islands and the historical and recently refurbished Trenance Cottages.

Lighthouse cinema
Now you can enjoy time on the beech, eat at the many cafes, pubs and restaurants and then take in one of today's blockbuster films. The Lighthouse Cinema is set in the heart of Newquay. Close to several car parks and walking distance from public transport and taxi ranks. An ideal location for those residing in Newquay or visiting from anywhere in Cornwall.

Sport in Newquay
Newquay Association Football Club     SW Peninsula League, Division 1 West
Newquay Cricket Club                      Cornwall Cricket League
Newquay Golf Club                          18 Hole Par 69 Golf Course.
Newquay Tennis                             Heron Tennis Centre, Trenance Leisure Park 
Newquay Sailing Club                       Newquay Harbour

Tourist Information
Newquay Health Centre, St Thomas' Road, Newquay,TR7 1RU.  01637 850002  Out of Hours: 01637 850002  Mon - Fri 8:30am to 6:00pm

Narowcliff Surgery, Narrowcliff, Newquay,TR7 2QF   0844 477 3307 Out of Hours: 0844 477 3307  Mon - Fri 8:30am to 6:00pm

Newquay Dental Centre, 194 Henver Road, Newquay, TR7 3EH  01637 879207  Mon, Wed, Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm  Tue & Thur 8:00am - 8:00pm

Grosvenor Dental Care, 18 Grosvenor Avenue, Newquay, TR7 1BQ  01637 873011  Mon - Thur 8:30am - 5:00pm Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

Gentle Dental, 55 Henver Road, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 3DH   01637 852252 

Newquay Hospital, St Thomas Road, Newquay, TR7 1RQ  01637 893600 Inpatient Beds and Minor Injury Unit.

Bus Station
Manor Road, Newquay.  Western Greyhound Buses, 01637 871871


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015

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