Newquay was originally a fishing village that probably existed as early as the 15th century on the sheltered western end of Newquay Bay.
With the expansion of the railway network and attracted by the beautiful sandy beaches near Newquay and the waves of the Atlantic, the flow of summer holidaymakers finally began in the second half of the 19th century.
Today, tourism is the most important industry in Newquay. The town lies on the edge of the cliffs, and its eleven sandy beaches have a total length of more than 10 km.
Access : Coordinates: 50.412, -5.0757 /
Highlights & Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in The Newquay, Cornwall :
- The “surfing capital” of the UK : The resort promotes itself as “The Surfing Capital of Britain” with many shops selling and renting surfing equipment and surfboard, Major international competitions are held on Fistral Beach, but surfers also find ideal conditions on the Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne Beaches near the city as well as in Crantock Bay and Watergate Bay.
- Fistral Beach has been used for national and international surfing competitions for more than 20 years.
- Beaches : A day at the beach is one of the most popular things to do in Newquay : Towan Beach , Whipsiderry , Watergate Bay , Tolcarne Beach , Porth , Porth Joke or Polly Joke , Lusty Glaze Beach , Holywell Bay , Harbour , Great Western.
- The Cribbar: Newquay also has a coral reef called Cribbar. It was only surfed for the first time in 1965, because waves reach up to 6 meters in height.
- Run to the Sun Car and Truck Show : “Run to the Sun” event is an event for car enthusiasts and takes place during the May holidays.
- Railway : Newquay has its own station. The station is the terminus of the Atlantic Coast Line, a train connection from Par to Newquay, The station is close to both the beaches and the city center.
- South West Coast Path : England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles and runs through the town.
- Top sights in Newquay, Cornwall : The small harbor is now only used by local fishermen and pleasure boats. Important sights include the Blue Reef Aquarium and the Trenance Gardens, which opened in 1906 and is also home to Newquay Zoo, as well as nearby in Kestle Mill the Elizabethan mansion Trerice, which is part of the National Trust./ The Huer’s Hut , The listed building dates from the late 18th and early 19th centuries / The Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel.
Go next : St Columb Minor , a village on the north coast of Cornwall, England. / Land’s End, Englands most southwesterly point.