Huer's Hut is a small white painted building that dates from the 14th century. It was used as a lookout by a huer. This is a person who looked out for shoals of pilchards or herrings and alerted the fishermen with a horn or cry ("hue") as soon as he saw them. The fishermen then could get into position and encircle the shoals. The hut may have been home of an hermit earlier who was in charge of lightening the beacon fire.
- Historical Travel
An interesting sun dial
In a small park above Towan Beach you'll find a really interesting sun dial. At first I didn't realize that this is a sundial. There's a slab on the ground that shows the months, with some small slabs around with the hours. All you need to do is to step on the current month and then your shadow will show you the time.
This little park is also a very nice place with beautifuls view on the coast with its cliffs and beachs, and the headland.
Directly on Towan Beach, you'll see a rock called Towan island with a suspension bridge going to a little house. At low tide you can walk around the island, but at high tide it's really an island.
Several years ago there were some problems with people doing wild beach parties at night next to the rock which of cause disturbed the couple living on the island. Newquay is known for its nightlife, so I'm not surprised. I can imagine that it can get very load at times.
Beaches of Newquay Bay
Newquay has around 11 beaches, most of them situated east of the harbour. We enjoyed walking along several of these beaches at low tide which is not possible at high tide as then they are separated by some high cliffs.
Next to the harbour is Towan Beach, directly in the centre of the town. The Blue Reef Aquarium is here, too. The next beaches are the Great Western Beach and Tolcarne Beach, all with high cliffs in the back, looks really great!
Seal watching in Newquay Harbour
Get a great view of the seals in Newquay harbour, especially when the fishing boats come in as they swarm around them for the left overs. Why pay to go in an aquarium when you can see them here for free!
- Whale Watching
- Family Travel
You can walk from Newquay seafront, it's about ten minutes. You need a good two maybe three hours to get round the zoo. I's £6.90 to get in, but then the animals have to be fed otherwise offer yourself har har! The enclosures are very spaced & the restaurant is good with are for children to play. There's talks at different stages of the day and lots to take pictures of. There's a shop with different events going on throughout the year.
Blue Reef Aquarium
From the moment you enter you know it's going to be interesting, it doesn't take long but there are many talks at different times. The seahorses are very interesting & theirs a huge crab like creature who must hate being stared at all day long. There's a café on the first level, prices aren't too bad, nearby is the shop. Only takes a morning to get round everything.
- School Holidays
- Study Abroad
Blue Reef Aquarium
The Blue Reef Aquarium is set over two floors and is packed with marine life of all types in easily viewable aquariums.
You walk see a wave pool with fish battling against the currents, a low level pool full of Rays which poke their heads out of the water and look like they are permanantly smiling when they glide up the side of the pool. My favourite tanks are the Jelly Fish which gracefully float around from the very tiny babies to the larger adult.
Another unusual exhibit is the Octopus which can even open jars full of food with its tentacles and their close relatives the squid, cuttlefish, nautilus and argonauts.
Other exhibits include Crabs, Sea Horses, Anenomes, Clown Fish from Finding Nemo fame, Lobsters and much more.
The highlight of your visit has to be the walk through the Underwater Tunnel where you can get close to Sharks, Eels, Rays and various other species of fish. You can also view this tank from above and the side.
You cannot touch any of the exhibits as the chemicals on your hands from makeup, suncream, etc. is harmful to them.
Of course any visit to the aquarium wouldn't be complete without a visit to the souvenir shop where you can buy various Blue Reef branded or marine related products.There is also a cafe on this level overlooking Towan Beach serving various food and drink.
The upper level of the aquarium is reached by stairs or a lift.
Admission & opening times
Blue Reef Aquarium is open daily from 10am. Last admission is 5pm.
We are closed on Christmas Day only.
Admission Prices are:
Child (aged 3 - 16, must be accompanied by an adult) £5.50
Senior & Students £6.95
Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) £22.99
Family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children) £26.99
Newquay Zoo is a great place for kids and adults alike and the great thing is that it is only minutes away from the town centre. We got to zoo on the Surfrider Land Train but there is ample car parking spaces or you could just walk there.
Although only small there is plenty to see from Lions to Penguins and Bats to Snakes, childrens play areas and a hedge maze.
Buying the guidebook helps you find your way around the zoo and also gives you a wonderful insight into the animals.
There is a superb tropical house where bats and birds fly freely and you can also get up close to a Sloth in the trees amongst other animals.
All through the year special events are held. We went on a Wednesday which during August is Madagascan Night which meant the zoo was open later and special talks were given.
During the day various animals can be seen being fed depending on their habits, diets, etc. my favourite was the Otters who followed their keep all round the enclosure until he fed them.
There are a couple of food stallss around the Zoo and a main Cafe/Barbeque area near the main Entrance/Exit where you can buy all kinds of food, ice-creams, drinks, etc.
On leaving the Zoo you exit through a well stocked shop where you can buy a variety of Newquay Zoo branded goods or animal related products, you can even buy a bag of Zoo Poo to go on your garden.
SUMMER OPENING TIMES 2007
9:30am to 6pm (last entry 5pm) from 1st April to 30th September and 10am to 5pm from 1st October to 1st November 2007.
Child (3-15 yrs) £6.00*
Children aged 1 & 2 years Free
Senior Citizens & Students £6.45*
Special Offer Family ticket
(2 adults + 2 children)
Please note this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. £25.00*
Extra Child £4.75*
Seals in the Harbour
Watching the seals in the harbour is such a nice diversion from the hustle and bustle of the streets of newquay. Firstly, I find the harbour to be a truly relaxing place anyway, but seeing the seals, who regularly visit the harbour, makes it all the more interesting. Since I've been working in a restaurant overlooking the harbour, I see them most days. They usually follow fishing boats into the harbour, hoping for some snacks. You can see them jumping out of the water to catch bits of fish that are thrown to them. At other times they seem to be happy enough just sunning themselves in the shallow water near the beach. Although, they're generally not to bothered about the presence of humans in the water - be it children paddling in the shallows near the beach or teenagers jumping off the harbour wall at high tide - it's important to remember that they are wild animals and should be left alone. It's not advised to get to near to them, try to touch them, or chase them.
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
Blue Reef Aquarium
Did you know? Octopus have blue blood
Come and see Squirt the giant Pacific octopus and a learning experiment to see if octopuses learn through their sense of touch or vision.
Of course there is much more to see - including jellyfish at varying stages of their life cycle - and an underwater tunnel.
Entrance fees are £7 for adults, £5 for kids
Although Newquay Zoo is one of the main tourist activities in the town, especially if you have kids, I didn't really rate it that highly when I visited. As far as zoos go, this one is the smallest I've ever been to, and they have a pretty limited selection of animals to see. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it, unless maybe you have children who've never been to a zoo before.
However, in it's defense, we were there fairly late on a Sunday afternoon and missed all the feedings and talks. There are childrens play areas, a maze and an oriental garden, as well as some snack facilities.
Entrance was £8.95 for adults, £6.00 for children aged 3-15 years and they do family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) for £25.00.
Opening times for summer 2006 were 9:00am - 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm).
Check the website below for further information on entrance fees, opening times, feeding times, new arrivals, events, adoptions etc....
- Family Travel
It was only when I visited Porth that I realised the headland jutting out beyond it was actually an island... I always thought it was part of the mainland. It's not very big and can be accessed by a small wooden foot bridge. When I visited there were quite a lot of people sitting on the rocks by the sea fishing, and it also seemed to be popular with hikers and dog walkers. I know it seems like a bit of a weird thing to comment on but the rocks along the cliffs here are really cool... there are a few large stacks jutting out of the sea, and some arches and weird shapes that have been carved out by the sea.
This is probably due to the strong undercurrents that apparently flow here - take note of the signs and avoid swimming/cliffjumping/surfing etc
Come either early in the morning or at sunset for some beautiful scenery and great views towards Newquay and Watergate Bay in the other direction... and don't do what I did and forget the camera!
- Hiking and Walking
Walk to Porth
The walk along the coastal path to Porth is neither very far or very strenuous. I believe it's about 2 miles from Newquay town centre, and shouldn't take more than 45mins to an hour depending on how fast you go. It's a pleasant walk taking you past Great Western, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze Beaches as well as the Barrowfields which is a large grassy area on the coast popular with dog walkers.
Porth itself isn't exactly the prettiest town in Cornwall, but compared to the hustle and bustle of Newquay in the summer it's a wonderful haven of peace and quiet and provides a perfect escape for an afternoon or evening! There's not a lot there... a beach, a couple of pubs and restaurants, a tea room, a putting green, a couple of corner shops and a small selection of holiday accomodation.
I know it doesn't sound particularly exciting, but it is worth a visit, especially on a nice day or in the evening... I witnessed a really beautiful sunset there, but sadly didn't have my camera on me at the time.
- Hiking and Walking
This is my favourite beach in Newquay. Don't ask me why, there's no rhyme or reason for this preference, I just prefer this beach to the others. There is a beachside cafe and shop, surf school, surf and bodyboard hire and beach huts for rent. So far I would say that Tolcarne beach is one of the less busy beaches in Newquay, however it's only May - this may change as the summer season gets into full swing.