Newquay Beaches & Places To Visit

February 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

Known by many people as the UK capital of surfing, Newquay is a popular seaside resort that is gifted with an abundance of natural beauty, dramatic cliffs and wonderfully clean beaches. Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to this friendly and charismatic destination to enjoy everything that Newquay has to offer. There really is something for everyone here, regardless of age, interests and physical fitness.

Newquay Beaches


Surrounded by an array of dramatic cliffs, Tolcarne is a well sheltered beach that faces to the north-west of the Cornwall coast. Just like any other Newquay beaches, Tolcarne provides perfect conditions for both families and surfers alike, although accessing it can be difficult. At low tide the beach can be accessed via the neighbouring Great Western beach. During the summer months lifeguards patrol the beach and facilities include a shop, watersports equipment hire, cafes and toilets. The beach doesn’t have a car park, but Newquay town centre is just a short walk away.

Fistral Beach

This is Newquays most iconic beach of all and one of the most consistent surfing beaches in the UK. Fistral is a long, sandy west facing beach that is backed by dramatic rocks and cliffs. Aswell as being ideal for surfers, Fistral is also the perfect beach for families combining a clean safe beach with seafront facilities that include surf equipment hire, tuition, showers, parking and a plethora of eateries.

Mawgan Porth Beach

Located to the North of Newquay, Mawgan Porth beach is a wide sandy beach that is a firm favourite among both families and surfers alike. Access to Mawgan Porth beach is easy from the adjacent car park. The beach is surrounded on both sides by dramatic cliffs, rocks and sand dunes. During the low tide there are a plethora of caves to explore and enjoy. There is also a river on the south side of the beach that flows out to the coast.

Where to visit

Newquay Zoo

Opened on May 26, 1969 and set in ten acres of tropical lakeside gardens, Newquay Zoo is the ideal place to enjoy a fun packed family day out. Here you can get up close and personal with some of the world’s most fascinating species including Lions, snakes, meerkats and songbirds to name a few. As well as a wide variety of unusual species, Newquay Zoo also has its very own village farm where you can see more familiar animals such as cows, pigs and lambs.

Huers Hut

Situated on Towan Head and offering spectacular panoramic views of the Newquay coastline, Huers Hut is steeped in heritage and history. It is thought that the building dates right the way back to the 14th Century. Huers hut was built and used primarily as a shelter for a man known as the ‘Huer’ hense its name! He was an integral part of Newquays fishing industry at the time. His primary role was to spot shoals and then alert the fisherman of Newquay Harbour, he would alert them by shouting “Heva Heva” (“Here they are”). Huers Hut is definitely worth visiting, even if it’s just to enjoy the views!

Blue Reef Aquarium

Located on the Towan promenade, the Blue Reef Aquarium is one of Newquay’s most popular tourist attractions. The main attraction at the Blue Reef aquarium is its extremely large ocean tank and underwater tunnel which allows you to get up close and personal with sharks and various other marine life. The aquarium also has its own breeding programme in place, and in the nursery you’ll see some amazing infant species including sharks, seahorses, pipefish, and cuttle fish.

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