Formerly known as Towan Bilstra until the 15th Century when a ‘New Quay’ was built, Newquay is Cornwall’s premier tourist destination. The bustling resort of Newquay epitomises everything that’s so wonderful about British seaside resorts.  In this article I will provide an in depth guide to one of Britain’s most popular travel destinations!

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The beaches of Newquay

When people think of Newquay, they associate it with blue water and golden sandy beaches, which is quite extraordinary when you consider its location. It’s safe to say, that with the right weather conditions, Newquay can rival some of the world’s greatest beaches! Newquay has 11 beaches in total, below are my three favourite ones!

Crantock

Crantock was voted best British Beach by the BBC in 2013, and with its huge stretch of golden sands and fantastic sand dunes, it’s easy to see why! Crantock is a firm favourite among surfers, mainly due to its consistent surfing conditions. Amazingly, dolphins have also been known to visit Crantock Beach! The only negative aspect of this beach is its accessibility which can be quite difficult with the steep dunes to conquer.

Fistral

Situated in a west facing bay, Fistral is divided into two beaches (Fistral North and Fistral South). Fistral has received coverage and recognition worldwide due to the numerous surfing championships it has held over the years. Set against dramatic cliffs, Fistral is the ideal beach for both familes and surfers alike. Its facilities include a Beach shop, cafe, and surf equipment hire shop.

Lusty Glaze

Located just outside of Newquays town centre, Lusty glaze is a privately owned beach that offers unrivalled beach entertainment. As well as spectacular scenery, Lusty Glaze has its own beach side restaurant, huts, and a plethora of activities to enjoy such as surfing and climbing. Lusty Glaze is the ideal place for newbie surfers to learn the tricks of the trade under the watchful eye of qualified instructors.

Travelling in and around Newquay

The best way to get around Newquay is to catch the bus, not only do the buses run frequently throughout the day, they are also very reliable. Newquay’s main transport service is run by Western Greyhound who run regular buses to all nearby attractions and towns.  Taxis are easy to catch and relatively cheap, but please note that some taxi firms require pre-booking. The nearest airport is located at St Mawgan, approximately 6 miles from the Newquay town centre.

Where to visit

Family attractions

Newquay Zoo

 With hundreds of animal species to see, Newquay Zoo is the ideal place for a fun filled family day out. Surrounded by subtropical gardens and a picturesque lake, Newquay Zoo was first opened in the late 1960’s and is renowned for its conservation work. If you do visit Newquay Zoo, the ‘Tropical House’ is not something to be missed! Here you will find a variety of exotic reptiles and snakes.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Situated right by the beach, the Blue Reef Aquarium provides visitors with a fascinating insight into the underwater world. The main attraction here is the gigantic under water tunnel that allows visitors to get up close and personal with the surrounding sharks, fish and sea life. With approximately 30 aquatic displays, expect to see a variety of tropical sea life such as octopus, sharks, turtles and colourful fish.

Historic attractions

Huers Hut

Dating back to the 14th century, Huers Hut is a Grade II listed building that plays an integral part in the fishing history of Newquay. From here, the huer would look out at sea and look for shoals of pilchards. The local economy relied heavily on pilchard fishing and as soon as the Huer spotted a shoal, he would alert the local fishermen. Huers Hut offers a panoramic view of Newquays coastline, so it’s worth visiting just for the view alone!

Trerice Manor

Trerice manor is a romantic Elizabethan Manor house steeped in heritage and history. Located just on the outskirts of the Newquay town centre, Elizabethan Manor House boasts beautiful gardens and luxurious interiors. In 1953 the National Trust bought Trerice Manor and turned it into one of Newquays most popular attractions.  Here you will find a souvenir shop, tearoom, and a restaurant.

Where to stay

With an array of B&B’s, hotels and caravan parks, finding a place to stay in Newquay is relatively straight forward task. If you are visiting Newquay as a family and want to avoid its bustling Nightlife, it’s recommended that you stay just outside of the town centre. Staying on the outskirts of Newquay is not a problem as there is a frequent inbound bus service that runs seven days a week.

If you are visiting Newquay as a group, there are a number of hotels that specialise in stag and hen packages. For surfers there are some great surf lodges, most of which are located right on the beach. Because Newquay is so popular during the summer months, it’s recommended that you book at least three months prior to your trip.

Author : This article was contributed by David at MOR Surf Lodge