A Guide To Newquays Attractions, Beaches and Eateries
One of the UK’s favourite seaside towns and an increasingly popular holiday destination, Newquay has something for everyone, regardless of age and interests. With such a plethora of beautiful beaches, it’s easy to see why hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the seaside resort each summer. It’s quite amazing that the town manages to be both trendy for young tourists and still remain a fantastic family resort – all contained in the most sensational coastal surroundings.
As the surfing capital of Europe, there are 11 great beaches within easy reach of the town. Just by walking around Newquay you will instantly notice the surfing influence, with a number of surf lodges and shops dotted around the resort. The atmosphere and vibe that Newquay possesses is like no other, it’s incredibly infectious and up-tempo, making it one of the UK’s most popular partying destinations.
The small distinctive white shape of the Huer’s Hut and its large chimney can be seen from miles down the coast. Perched proudly upon the cliff top at Towan Head and overlooking the harbor, Huer’s Hut is thought to date right the back to the 14th century when it was used by the Huer as a lookout, hence its name. The huer’s job was to watch for pilchard shoals and then notify the fishermen and townsfolk of their arrival. Upon spotting the shoal, the Huer would notify the rest of the town by shouting ‘Hevva, Hevva!’ they would then rush down to the harbor to prepare to land the tons of fish.
Ideal for adults and children alike, Newquay Zoo is a fascinating place with hundreds of animal species to see. The surrounding scenery is pleasant to say the least, set in subtropical gardens amidst a large picturesque lake. Newquay Zoo dates back to the late 1960’s and is renowned for its conservation work. The zoo has grown quite significantly over the years, both in popularity and size. The ‘Tropical House’ is well worth visiting and features an incredible variety of exotic snakes and reptiles, a gigantic aviary with rainforest planting and a children’s petting zoo. You can expect to see everything from monkeys and parrots, to penguins, red pandas, raccoons and meerkats.
Blue Reef Aquarium
Located next to Newquay’s main beach, the Blue Reef Aquarium offers a captivating insight into the underwater world that lies beneath the surface of the world’s oceans. The Blue Reefs main attraction is an underwater tunnel that provides visitors with a wonderful way to observe the surrounding fish, sharks and sea life. A number of underwater habitats are recreated such as Cornwall’s world famous coastline, the Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean Sea. There are approximately 30 different aquatic displays here that house a variety of tropical sea life such as seahorses, octopus and colourful fish.
Eating out in Newquay
As you would expect with any seaside resort, Newquay is home to a fantastic selection of seafood restaurants. For fish lovers, the Boathouse restaurant is an absolute must, all of the food from here is sourced locally and its beautiful harbor location makes for a wonderful setting. If fish isn’t to your taste pallet, Butches Bistro does great steaks at a relatively inexpensive price. Butchers Bistro is passionate about Cornish food, but their passion doesn’t stop at Cornwall, during the week they host a number of European themed nights.
With 11 beaches in and around Newquay, it’s safe to say that it’s among the top surfing destinations in the UK. However, it’s not just surfers who can enjoy them; there are a number of family friendly beaches that are ideal for family days out. One of the most suitable beaches for families is Mawgan Porth, a gigantic, north west-facing beach. When the tide is at its lowest there is a selection of small caves to explore and enjoy. With a large car park situated close by, Mawgan Porth Beach is easily accessible; there is also disabled access to the beach.
Fistral Beach is the most popular beach for surfing and is a world class venue. This beach is far cry away from the town centre’s hustle and bustle. Fistral beach is famous worldwide for the major international surfing championships that it hosts, the most prestigious of these being the Boardmasters championship. All of the beaches in Newquay are clean and have great facilities, so you won’t go far wrong whichever beach you choose.