Newquay may be blessed with those endless sandy beaches, but it’s home to more attractions than you’ll possibly squeeze into one visit. The Blue Reef Aquarium is right on the seafront, and it’s one of the most popular Newquay attractions. Complete with an underwater tunnel, it’s home to some of the weird and wonderful creatures that call our seas home.
Sticking with the animal theme, Newquay Zoo covers 13 acres of tropical gardens. With some of the world’s most endangered species waiting to welcome you, it’s a popular day out with all ages.
If you fancy a laidback day during your Newquay holiday, pack up a picnic and head over to the tranquillity of Trenance Gardens and Leisure Park. Sit back and watch the swans do their thing on the boating lake or enjoy a spot of tennis, crazy golf, a miniature railway or even the Waterworld Leisure Centre.
Every family holiday needs at least one journey on a steam train, and the Lappa Valley Steam Railway is the perfect way to see some of the region’s infamous scenery. You’ll find Benny Halt just outside Newquay, and it’s one of Cornwall’s most nostalgic days out.
There’s one thing guests of our Newquay holiday cottages have in common, and that’s a love of gorgeous sandy beaches. Newquay has a beautiful beach to suit your every mood, so it’s really just a question of finding your favourite.
If it’s surfing and adventure you’re after, head over to the legendary Fistral Beach. Fistral Beach Surf School offers beginner lessons for all ages, and most newbies will be able to stand on the board after a two-hour lesson. If you’re happy to enjoy the view from the sand, you’ll have mile after mile of cliff-backed beach to call your own.
Just three miles from central Newquay you’ll find the sleepy sands of Watergate Bay beach. Tucked beneath steep cliffs, this sandy beach rolls on for two miles, and it’s just the spot for a long walk before a fish and chip dinner.
Newquay’s many beaches also include Crantock, Great Western, Porth Joke, Mawgan Porth, Towan Beach and the Harbour Beach. Every single stretch of sand has its own character, and if you’re taking the dog, many of them are dog friendly all year round. So, get ready to unroll that beach towel and rock those flip flops.
All that fresh sea air means you’ll have big appetites during your Newquay holiday, so it’s great news that the town’s home to some foodie favourites. Rick Stein Fistral serves up seafood with style, and the restaurant looks out across Fistral Beach below. You’ll also find The Fish House Fistral beside the infamous home of Cornwall’s surf scene. The menu features the fresh catch of the day, so you can enjoy the seafood landed at Newquay’s harbour just hours before.
If you know what you like and you like what you know, there’s a classic Pizza Express. Perfect for an easy meal with the kids after a busy day on the sand, it even has sea views to remind you that you’re on holiday. The Harbour Fish & Grill sits nestled into the cliffs above the town’s harbour. Pick a seat in the conservatory or on the terrace to make the most of sweeping views across Newquay’s seven spectacular beaches.
For something a little bit different, enjoy a blend of Australian and Cornish cuisine over at Bush Pepper’s. This quirky restaurant in the town centre has a friendly feel and is a great spot for brunch before you head out for the day.
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