Surfing on Fistral Beach Newquay Cornwall
Surfing on Fistral Beach Newquay Cornwall

Things To Do in Newquay, Cornwall

We love Newquay. We have been down to visit this Cornish town several times over the past 10 years. It does help that we have friends living down there. But either way, it’s a great excuse one of the most picturesque counties in England. 

There are plenty of attractions in Newquay and you are sure to find something to suit your holiday vibe and budget. There is an activity and attraction of some sort to suit everyone. Whether you are an adventure seeker looking to make the most of the waves by surfing, paddle boarding, or kayaking, or if you prefer something more chilled out such as wine tasting and sampling delicious local cuisine, you are sure to find what to do in Newquay.

Here is a list of some of the best things to do and best places to go in Newquay, Cornwall to help inspire you to enjoy your holiday there. 

30 Best Things To Do in Newquay, Cornwall

1. Surfing

Visit Fistral Beach, one of Newquay’s most popular surfing destination. You can rent equipment at one of the surf shops close by. And you can even take lessons if you’re new to the sport. 

2. Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo is home to over 130 of some of the world’s rarest and most endangered species. and is set in 13 acres of lush sub-tropical gardens.

Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay TR7 2NL

3. Blue Reef Aquarium

Discover local marine species and more exotic ocean dwellers in this fascinating underwater world at the Blue Reef Aquarium. Plus, there’s a fun walkthrough underwater tunnel.

Blue Reef Aquarium, Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU

4. Walking

Take a walk along the South West Coast Path for some stunning views. There are plenty of options ranging from short, easy walks to more challenging hikes.

For a short, easy level walk/hike we recommend the Crantok & Penpol Creek route. More details here.

5. Boat Trip

Book a fishing trip or sightseeing boat tour from one of the many boat booking offices in Newquay. If you’re lucky, you might spot some seals or dolphins off the coast!

6. Trerice Manor House

Trerice is a beautiful Elizabethan manor house managed by the National Trust. The house at Trerice is surrounded by a small but varied garden, where you can sit in the Elizabethan knot garden surrounded by apple trees, enjoy a game of kayling on the lawn and admire the surrounding views from the parade ground.

Kestle Mill, Newquay TR8 4PG

7. Newquay Harbour

Newquay harbour is a lovely place to watch the boats, have a picnic, or just enjoy the scenery.

Harbour View, N Quay Hill, Newquay TR7 1GZ

8. Trenance Gardens

If you are all beached out, perhaps enjoy the beautiful Trenance gardens, boating lake, and miniature railway. 

Trenance Gardens, 82 Edgcumbe Ave, Newquay TR7 2NW

9. Eat Cornish Pasties and Seafood

Try the local Cornish delicacies! Cornwall is famous for its seafood, and you can’t leave without trying a traditional Cornish pasty. We like The Fish House at Fistral Beach for seafood. And check out Morris Pasties on Gover Lane for an authentic Cornish pasty.

Japanese Garden in Newquay, Cornwall
Japanese Garden in Newquay, Cornwall

10. The Japanese Garden

Find tranquility in this beautiful, authentic Japanese Garden, which also has a Bonsai nursery just outside Newquay over in St. Mawgan. A beautiful and thoughtful garden design that makes for a lovely alternative outing during your stay in Newquay.

St Mawgan, Nr Newquay TR8 4ET

11. Newquay Golf Club

If you love golf, you’ll enjoy the views from this seaside golf course at the Newquay Golf Club. The Newquay golf course overlooks the stunning Fistral Beach. Visitors are welcome to play their 18-hole golf links course. 

Tower Rd, Newquay TR7 1LT

12. Paddleboarding

Rent a paddleboard and enjoy the coastline from a different perspective. There are plenty of places offering paddleboard rentals and lessons. The Newquay Activity Centre paddleboarding tours almost daily in Newquay.

60 Fore St, Newquay TR7 1LW

13. Dairyland Farm World

Dairyland farm world is a fun-filled day out for families, especially those with young children. This farm park includes a petting zoo, tractor rides, and an adventure playground.

Tresillian Barton, Newquay TR8 5AA

14. Pirate’s Quest Adventure Golf

The Pirate’s Quest Adventure Golf is an immersive walk-through mini golf experience combining talented theatrical actors, amazing special effects, and detailed 360⁰ sets in an authentic, atmospheric adventure.

22 St Michael’s Rd, Newquay TR7 1RA

15. Newquay Orchard

The Newquay Orchard is a community space offering a variety of activities such as gardening, beekeeping and community events. Grab a picnic on a fine day and enjoy the orchard space.

Yeoman Way, Newquay TR7 2SL

16. St. Eval Kart Circuit

For those with a need for speed, visit one of the UK’s largest and fastest circuits for an adrenaline-filled go-karting experience at the St. Eval Kart Circuit. It’s located just outside Newquay and makes for a fun day out.

St Eval, Wadebridge PL27 7UN

17. Newquay Town Trail

If walking tours are your thing then to out the trail to explore Newquay’s rich history and heritage on the Newquay Town Trail. There are two walk options – the Ada and the Hetty. 

Whilst Walking the Newquay Discovery Trail you will find slate discs, about a metre in diameter, embedded in the ground at key places of interest. Each slate circle is numbered and these link in with the map so you can read fascinating facts about your location whilst taking in some spectacular views. Get the map from the Visit Newquay Tourist Information Centre on Marcus Hill.

Marcus Hill, Newquay TR7 1BD

18. Huer’s Hut

The Huer’s Hut is a historic white-washed building, originally a lookout, offering great views over Newquay, especially at sunrise or sunset.

King Edward Cres, Newquay TR7 1EN

19. Lappa Valley

Lappa Valley is a train-themed play and adventure park. It makes for a great family day out with steam train rides, canoeing, and a play area indoors and outdoors.

St Newlyn East, Newquay TR8 5LX

20. Jampen Football Golf

It’s like golf, but with a football! Jampen football golf is kind of like going to play crazy golf.  You use a football to try and kick it into the hole. There are 9 holes on this course, and it makes for a fun and unique day out in Newquay. 

If you do still fancy a round of crazy golf though that is on offer at Jampen

Jampen Football Golf, Newquay TR7 3NA

Beach in Cornwall
Beach in Cornwall

10 Best Beaches in Newquay

21. Lusty Glaze Beach

This privately-owned cove offers various activities like abseiling, jet-skiing, and cliff diving. As well as the chance to enjoy the beautiful beach, and a fab beach cafe and restaurant.

Check their website for any closures for private events. 

Lusty Glaze Rd, Newquay TR7 3AE

22. Watergate Bay

Enjoy the two-mile long beach which is great for surfing and kite-surfing. It’s a great spot for all the family. And ideal for watching the sunset. 

Newquay TR8 4AA

23. Gannel Estuary

The Gannel estuary A beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature, especially at sunset.

Newquay TR7 1PL

24. Tolcarne Beach

Another of Newquay’s great beaches, offering surf lessons, boogie board hire, and beach huts.

Tolcarne Beach, Narrowcliff, Newquay TR7 2QN

25. Crantock Beach

A less crowded alternative to Newquay’s main beaches, it’s perfect for a quiet day by the sea.

Crantock, Newquay TR8 5RN

26. Towan Beach

It’s right in the heart of the town and offers great surfing and sunbathing opportunities.

Newquay TR7 1DU

27. Great Western Beach

This sandy beach & popular surf spot surrounded by cliffs has lifeguards & nearby restaurants. Located in the centre of Newquay town.

 Newquay TR7 2NE

28. Porth Beach

Expansive beach popular with families & surfers, with rock pools & a footbridge to a small island. 

Newquay TR7 3NH 

29. Whipsiderry Beach

Small beach nestled in a cove with steep steps down to the beach and sea. One of Newquay’s quieter beaches and incredibly scenic.

Newquay TR7 3NA

30. Polly Joke Beach

Just outside Newquay, on the otherside of Crantock is Polly Joke beach. It is a lovely secluded, sandy beach tucked into a deep cove, with rock pools & caves at low tide.

Newquay TR8 5SE

Surfing on Fistral Beach Newquay Cornwall
Surfing on Fistral Beach Newquay Cornwall

Remember to check the opening times and availability of these activities in advance to make sure you can make the most of your visit to Newquay. Enjoy exploring the fun Cornwall town of Newquay!

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