Newquay attractions

Beach in Newquay

Watergate Bay

This magnificent sweep of sand presents what is undoubtedly the finest panorama of any beach near Newquay. Travelling north from town, as the road crosses over the crest of the hill and drops towards the beach, you'…
Landmark in Newquay

Bedruthan Steps

Roughly halfway between Newquay and Padstow loom the stately rock stacks of Bedruthan. These mighty granite pillars have been carved out by the relentless action of thousands of years of wind and waves, and now prov…
Beach in Newquay


Probably the most famous stretch of sand in Cornwall, and definitely Newquay's best-known beach, Fistral has become synonymous with Cornish surfing thanks to its reliable waves. Purists scoff that it's way too busy …
Beach in Newquay

Porth Joke

Not quite the off-the-radar secret it once was, Porth Joke remains a good spot to escape (most) of the crowds. Known as Polly Joke to locals, its best feature is its remoteness: it's hard to find by road; there's pr…
Beach in Newquay

Holywell Bay

Two miles southwest of Newquay as the crow flies (but more like 5 miles by road), Holywell is a wonderful expanse of white sand, dotted with tidal pools and rocky towers. It's as flat as a pancake, and vast at low t…
Beach in Newquay


Around Pentire Head lies this big, broad shelf of golden sand, backed by grassy dunes and set alongside a river called the Gannel. It's one of the most spacious of Newquay's beaches, and the swimming is generally ex…
Beach in Newquay

Mawgan Porth

Five miles northeast of Newquay, this wide, arc-shaped bay is often quieter than its neighbours. The beach is lovely, and less developed than those nearer town. Two of the north coast's swishest hotels, the Scarlet …
Historic Building in Newquay


Built in 1751, this National Trust–owned Elizabethan manor is most famous for the elaborate barrel-roofed ceiling of the Great Chamber, and some fantastic original 16th-century stained glass among the 576 panes that…
Beach in Newquay

Lusty Glaze

Probably the least hectic of Newquay's beaches, this is a sheltered wedge of sand framed by cliffs. It has a good adventure-sports centre, and also hosts live music gigs in summer.
Zoo in Newquay

Newquay Zoo

Newquay's pint-sized zoo isn't a world-beater, but its population of penguins, lemurs, parrots and snakes will keep the kids happy. The Tropical House and Toad Hall are good fun, and key events include penguin feedi…