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Drawn to the waves? Then you’ll love a holiday or short break in Newquay. Grab your board and take to the water, or enjoy it from dry land as you relax on the beach or explore the Blue Reef Aquarium. Newquay’s one of the most famous destinations for holidays in Cornwall, with the famous Fistral Beach and the exciting Newquay Zoo.

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Your guide to Newquay

Newquay at a glance:
  • The UK’s surfing capital.
  • A foodie’s paradise.
  • Stunning beaches with white sand and crystal clear waters.
  • Situated on the South West Coast Path.
  • Easily accessible, in part thanks to Newquay Cornwall Airport.

If you’re looking for the best beach in England then you’ll find that everyone has their own recommendation, based on previous experience. Yet, you won’t have to look far to hear mention of a Newquay beach in someone’s list of favourites. Newquay’s Fistral Beach is arguably the most famous in the UK, which means that stays in Newquay hotels are perfect for those that love long days on the sand and afternoons paddling in the sea.

Newquay is the UK’s surfing capital. Grab your board and make your way to the waves, but don’t be scared if you’ve never been surfing before. There are surf schools all along the coast, with qualified teachers that will help you to learn the basics or to improve your existing skills. Even kids can have a go at riding a surf board, to create lasting memories and stories that they’ll be sharing for years with their friends.

All of that surfing, sunbathing and sandcastle-building will surely work up an appetite, which means that you can truly appreciate the many wonderful waterside bars, cafés and restaurants in Newquay. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in nearby Watergate Bay is the most well-known of all restaurants in the area, but there are dozens of choices to suit every taste and budget. Surrounding farms ensure that fresh, seasonal vegetables are always in high supply, whilst local fisherman work hard to bring the freshest and most flavourful fish to the plates of Newquay’s restaurants. If you’re looking for food that hasn’t travelled for hundreds of miles and that hasn’t been stored in a freezer for weeks then you know exactly where to find it!

No matter what your age, you’ll find plenty to do on a holiday or short break in Newquay. The South West Coast path is the perfect place for more active holidaymakers to spend their time, whilst everyone will appreciate the incredible Blue Reef Aquarium. Cocktails by the beach are perfect for a romantic break, if you’re celebrating an anniversary or making a grand proposal, whilst a visit to Newquay Zoo makes for a much more action-packed day out. Kids will love the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, with little trains making their way along three different tracks through the Cornish countryside, and when the sun starts to set you’re able to return to your Newquay hotel for a relaxing evening and a night in a comfortable bed.

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Local attractions
  • Trenance Gardens
    Trenance Gardens
  • Lost Gardens of Helligan
    Lost Gardens of Helligan
  • Eden Project
    Eden Project
  • Newquay Zoo
    Newquay Zoo

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