things to do in Newquay

Things to do in Newquay

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Boasting a collection of beaches and an array of exciting attractions, there are plenty of places to visit in Newquay. 

Branded as Cornwall’s biggest and best holiday resort, you are sure to find plenty of great things to do in Newquay for the entire family to enjoy. Beachcombers can bask in the sunshine, whilst watersport enthusiasts take to the waters and families can create lots of memories.

Beaches in Newquay

Families will be delighted by the array of beaches in Newquay to discover, each one offering its own distinct touch on the Cornish coastline. Newquay plays host to one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches, Fistral, which is renowned as one of the UK’s best surfing destinations. Alternatively, quieter moments can be relished at Watergate Bay, where you will find a large open bay, home to a collection of rock pools that are waiting to be uncovered. Those visiting Newquay should also enjoy a dip in the waters from Towan Beach or enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Great Western Beach.

Attractions in Newquay

You will be spoilt for choice with the selection of things to do in Newquay, with the coastal town offering something for everyone. Those with younger visitors can visit the enchanting Blue Reef Aquarium, which is home to 40 naturally themed habitats, where you have the opportunity to meet freshwater turtles, pufferfish and much more! Newquay is also home to Newquay Zoo, boasting 13 acres of land and an extensive collection of animals, including African lions, golden lion tamarin and a six-banded armadillo.

Those seeking to brush up on the local history can pay a visit to the National Trust property of Treice, an Elizabethan manor house, home to a collection of fine furnishings and captivating interior design. Alternatively, you could savour the tranquillity of the Japanese Garden, which combines the beauty of nature with artistic refinement.

Activities in Newquay

Newquay is known as the surf capital of the UK, so it is little wonder that so many flock here each year to ride the waves. Home to numerous surf schools, even beginners can take to the Atlantic swells, whilst those more advanced can compete in the annual Boardmasters Championships, the UK Pro Surf Tour, and The British Surfing Association National Surfing Centre.

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  • Porth Beach

    Porth Beach

    Porth Beach
    TR7 3NH

    A popular sandy beach just a stone’s throw from Newquay where visitors can swim and build sandcastles.

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  • Slide and Glide Surf

    Slide and Glide Surf

    70 Fore St
    TR7 1EY


    A one-stop shop for all your surfing and watersports needs with equipment and wetsuits available to buy or hire in Newquay.

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  • Smugglers Den Inn, Feature

    Smugglers Den Inn

    Trebellan Farm
    TR8 5PY

    01637 830209

    Smugglers Den Inn offers a pizza & grill kitchen, beer garden, play area and a homey environment for dining. Come here for a relaxing meal out with those who mean most!

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  • The Japanese Garden, Cornwall
    Image Credits: Ruth Sharville - CC BY-SA 2.0

    The Japanese Garden

    St Mawgan
    Nr Newquay
    TR8 4ET

    01637 860116

    Come and while the day away in the beautiful Japanese Garden. Here, you can admire a wealth of stunning flora, ponds and zen gardens.

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  • The Parish Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, Feature

    The Parish Church of Saint Michael the Archangel

    St Michael's Rd
    TR7 1RA

    01637 850749

    The Parish Church of Saint Michael the Archangel enjoys the lovely surroundings of central Newquay and offers weekly services to the public.

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  • Tolcarne Beach

    Tolcarne Beach

    TR7 2QN

    A vibrant, sandy beach close to Newquay’s centre, offering a wide choice of activities such as surfing, rock pools, and boogie boarding.

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  • Towan Beach

    Towan Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Bring the whole family along to this glorious sandy beach, popular for swimming and engulfed in splendid coastal scenery.

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  • Trenance Gardens

    82 Edgcumbe Avenue
    TR7 2NW

    An Edwardian garden in the heart of Newquay where you’ll find Waterworld water park, Newquay Zoo, a conservation centre, a miniature railway, a boating lake, and self-drive electric cars.

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  • Trerice


    Kestle Mill
    near Newquay, Cornwall
    TR8 4PG

    01637 875404

    Just three miles from Newquay lies Trerice, an Elizabethan manor house that is open for visitors to explore, offering the chance for the public to admire the elegant interiors and beautiful garden.

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  • Watergate Bay

    Watergate Bay

    TR8 4AA

    A large, popular beach perfect for hours of family seaside entertainment and regularly picking up swells from the Atlantic, making it the perfect surfing hotspot.

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