Newquay has several sandy beaches but Towan beach is the closest one to the town centre. At low tide it can be reached from the picturessque harbour via steps leading down from the quay. There are numerous rock pools at this end whilst at the eastern end is Newquays famous landmark - the island.
This beach is a privately owned sandy beach with colurful rows of beach huts available for hire. Reached by a flight of steps down the cliff face from Narrowcliff, or a winding slope at the eastern end of the beach. Its popular with families and sufers but no doggies are allowed!
To the right of the island is the Great Western Beach - can be acessed from here at low tide - in fact at low tide its a lovely walk across as many beaches as you can!
If the tide is in it is reached by a steep slope leading off Cliff Road beside the Great Western Hotel
Fistral Beach is Newquay's largest and most famous beach. Situated in a gorgeous west facing bay many national and international surfing championships are hosted here.
I could have stood for hours and watching and admiring their skills - judging the waves just right.
This greek looking building is actually a grade II listed building thought to date from the 14th century. Its a throwback to when Newquay was just a small village dependent upon its pilchard fishing industry.
From here the "huers" watched for the arrival of the shoals of fish whereupon a hue (a cry) was made to the harbour below. The huers then directed the boats in the bay with a series of signals and shouts to ensure the correct laying of nets to bring in the catch.
Couldn't resist another beach shot. This end of the beach - towards Towan Head, where there are great views out to sea and around the coast - is more rockier but can you spot the surfer here?
see more of Towan Head in the off the beaten path section.
This is east Newquay beach and one of a few down this stretch of the coastline, its the best beach if you have children because there are lots of things to do to keep them occupied, very beautiful as well with views over the harbour
It is an nice city in Cornwall. It is famous for the surfers. It sure is fun watching them. There are surf contest now and then.
Also for shopping it is great. Many shops. Also many tourists there so you better go after the holidays.
The food is nice. SOme of my favourites are fish and chips, treacle tart (very sweet but you have to try it once), fudge and pasty (they sell it everywhere and it is great for lunch).
As you can see it was a lovely summers day on the beach at Newquay hahahahahahaha, i don't think it stoped bloody raining all day, at the end of this prom there used to be a theatre called the cosy nook, i wonder if it still exists, does anybody know ?
This is Towan beach in Newquay a lovely sandy beach with clear blue sea. There is an unusual suspension bridge located here which i think connects the mainland with Towan island, i think i've got that right, anyway lovely place to spend the day
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.
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.
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*
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
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!