Beaches

Golden sandy beaches are the best kind of beaches. When in Newquay you have choice aplenty when it comes to sandy feet and salty toes. Some of Cornwall’s finest beaches area found near Newquay, providing you with a massive choice and the perfect place to relax.

Newquay has a massive selection of the finest beaches around the county, renowned for their cleanliness, surfability (think we just made that word up) and providing you with the perfect place to relax on your holiday in Cornwall with high safety levels and lifeguards on many of Newquay’s major beaches. From dog friendly beaches to those with rock pools and really good for families – Newquay has a beach for every occasion!

When on the beaches, make sure you listen to any instructions given by the lifeguards. It is also important to recognise and understand the 4 commonly seen flags on the UK’s beaches – see below.For more information, download the RNLI beach safety leaflet here.

Map of Newquay’s Beaches:

Where is Newquay?

Newquay is a situated on the south west of England on the north Cornish coastline, it is a favoured seaside town perched on Cornwall’s Atlantic cliffs and surrounded by

7 miles of beautiful sandy beaches. It is a civil parish and regional centre for aerospace industries and is earmarked as a future Spaceport.

The town is bounded to the south by the river Gannel and its associated salt marsh, and to the north-east by the Porth Valley. The western edge of the town meets the Atlantic at Fistral Bay. The town has been expanding inland (south) since the former fishing village of New Quay began to grow in the second half of the nineteenth century and currently has a permanent population of around 25,000. Newquay is easily reach by road, train or air.

What to do in Newquay?

There are lots of exciting things to do in Newquay to keep everyone happy – The Pirates Quest, join in on the swashbuckling voyage through Cornwall’s pirate past, visit the Blue Reef Aquarium and wonder at the amazing creatures from our oceans. Take a day out at Newquay Zoo Great educational talks given throughout day, regular feeding times, good cafes, friendly staff. Love it, great day out!. More than 250,000 people visit Newquay Zoo each year, the zoo is set in over ten acres of sub-tropical lakeside gardens. Many of the World’s endangered species can be seen. There are red pandas, black apes, zebra, antelope and many other exotic creatures. There is also the Village Farm, home to rats, barn owls, goats, rabbits, chickens, pot bellied pigs and other species.  How about Jungle Jacks a brand-new children’s soft play area including challenging climbs, bridges, slides, crafty crawl tubes and peekaboo bubble windows. The Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre offers Surf lessons, Surf hire, jet ski tours, Cliff activities abseiling and the terror tight rope walk.

But if trains are your thing then The Lappa Valley Steam Railway take a steam train ride through beautiful countryside into our world of adventure. One of the best family friendly days out in Newquay. Race enthusiasts get on down to St Eval Kart Circuit Cornwall’s largest fastest outdoor 1300m Go-Kart Track. Home of the Thunderkarts. Karts from 3 years old to as old as you feel! Just outside Newquay.

What is the history of Newquay?

Newquay was originally the fishing port of Towan Blistra before the new quay was built in the 15th century, among other things the quay was used for the import of coal and the export of mined ore during the heyday of the tin and copper mining industries. For many years the main industry was Pilchard fishing and salting. Even before this it was the site of an Iron Age fort. Although the pilchards disappeared long ago there are still a few boats fishing from Newquay and there are plenty of pleasure craft here as well.

Another interesting throwback to the days when pilchard fishing was the towns lifeblood is the Huer’s Hut located high above the harbour. . It’s a peculiar little round white hut with steps leading up to the roof where the Huer would stand and cry, ‘Hevva, Hevva!‘, when pilchards were sighted.

Can I go surfing in Newquay?

Newquay is famous for the Boardmasters surfing championships, held at Fistral beach, which attract competitors from all over the world. The main town beaches are Towan, Great Western, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne, all of which are reasonably sheltered and safe for swimming and sun-worshipping. There is an aquarium on the promenade of Towan Beach. The summer months feature such events as a balloon festival, gig-racing for both men and women’s teams, surfing and surf life-saving events and championships and the RNLI Lifeboat Day.

Newquay is the setting for a number of annual surfing championships with the world famous Fistral Beach being the prime location for these events. Experience the full might of the Atlantic Ocean and thrill to the skill of the competitors’ as they challenge the elements for mastery of the waves!
At particular times of the year, The Cribbar, a reef off Towan Head, just north of Fistral Beach, creates waves of amazing proportions which are very popular with experienced surfers from all over the world. Waves can easily be 30 ft (9.1 m) or more. The name Cribbar comes from the Cornish word for ‘reefs’ – ‘kribow’.
Another reef lies 2 miles (3.2 km) off the coast here, The Zorba, which also has a reputation for creating massive waves.

You can learn to surf in Newquay at one of the many surfing schools such as Bluewings, Quicksilver, Newquay Surf school and more – Booking before you go is advised.

How far is st. ives from Newquay?

St Ives is 45 min (31.5 mi) via A3075 and A30 from Newquay

Where to stay in Newquay?

There are dozens of quality Hotels and Bed and Breakfast establishments in Newquay, you will find most on this website, Budget hotels in Newquay. Whipsiderry Hotel. Hotel in Newquay. Legacy Hotel Victoria. Hotel in Newquay City Centre, Newquay. Sands Resort Hotel. Hotel in Newquay. Best Western Hotel Bristol. Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western Porth Veor Manor Hotel. Longbeach- Adults Only. Golant Hotel. Sandy Lodge Hotel

Is Newquay in Cornwall?

Yes Newquay is a situated on the south west of England on the north Cornish coastline, it is a favoured seaside town perched on Cornwall’s Atlantic cliffs and surrounded by

7 miles of beautiful sandy beaches

How far is Padstow from Newquay?

Not far at all31 min (16.7 mi) via A3059 and B3274 and is easily reachable by car , bus -Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Newquay, Great Western Hotel and arriving at Padstow, New Street. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 9m.

What is Newquay like?

Newquay is a town on the north coast of Cornwall, in southwest England. It’s known for sandy Fistral and Watergate Bay beaches, where waves from the Atlantic Ocean create strong surf. On the seafront, the Blue Reef Aquarium features an underwater tunnel going through a coral-reef tank with pufferfish, sharks and rays. Further inland, surrounded by tropical gardens, Newquay Zoo is home to lions, wildebeest and sloths

Where is Newquay wales?

On the west coast of Wales near Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre.

Which airports fly to Newquay?

Cheap flights to Newquay are available from London Gatwick Airport, Manchester Airport and some regional airports around the UK. … Western Greyhound and First Devon and Cornwall are the main bus operators and run a network of services around Newquay and the surrounding region.

How far is Bude from Newquay?

1 h 6 min (43.2 mi) via A39 by car, No, there is no direct bus from Newquay to Bude. However, there are services departing from Newquay, Great Western Hotel and arriving at Bude, The Strand via Fraddon, Westbourne Terrace. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 38m

How far is port Isaac from Newquay?

41 min (23.5 mi) via A39 by car or by bus -Take the line 95 bus from Fraddon, Westbourne Terrace to Wadebridge Bus Station 95.

Which airlines fly to Newquay?

Aer Lingus, Stobart Air, Etihad Airways, Eastern Airways, Ryanair, eurowings, SAS and LoganAir all fly direct to Newquay. The cheapest month to fly to Newquay is September.

How far is Perranporth from Newquay?

By car17 min (8.5 mi) via A3075 and B3285

The best way to get from Newquay to Perranporth without a car is to line 87 bus which takes 23 min.

How far is st Austell from Newquay?

By car34 min (16.5 mi) via A3058

Check for cheap coach tickets for your bus trip from Newquay to St Austell … by National Express and only needs 4h 25m for the distance between the two cities.

Is Newquay in Devon or Cornwall?

North Cornwall Atlantic coast.

How far is Newquay from Exeter?

By car1 h 29 min (82.0 mi) via A30

By National Express bus 3hr + and approximately £10

How far is the Eden project from Newquay?

By car33 min (19.0 mi) via A3059 – The distance between Newquay and Bodelva, Eden Project is 15 miles. The road distance is 21.9 miles. How do I travel from Newquay to Bodelva, Eden Project without a car? The best way to get from Newquay to Bodelva, Eden Project without a car is to bus which takes 1h 55m

How to get from Newquay airport to st ives?

By car 57 min (40.6 mi) via A30

London to Newquay train how long?

The average journey time between London and Newquay is 5 hours 7 minutes . On an average weekday, there are 1 trains travelling from London to Newquay. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

Where is Newquay airport?

Cornwall Airport Newquay is the main commercial airport for Cornwall, England, located at Mawgan in Pydar, 4 NM northeast of the major town of Newquay on Cornwall’s north coast. Its runway was operated by RAF St Mawgan before 2008, and is now owned by Cornwall Council

Where to eat in Newquay Cornwall?

Restaurants a plenty catering for every taste ,  with our coastal location and a small fishing ‘fleet’ based at the harbour, seafood features highly on many menu’s. Featuring the ‘catch of the day’ in some cases some delicious fish dishes feature, among others, the local mackerel, sardines and sole or the luxury of fresh caught lobster and crab. We know that taking the family for an evening meal can be a stressful experience, finding somewhere that everyone likes, worried in case the baby starts screaming, but there is no need to worry, Newquay is a family friendly destination,  you will find that many of the restaurants will cater for younger children. Some even have soft play areas and outdoor play areas to keep them occupied whilst waiting for their food making it an enjoyable evening for the whole family. When looking to eat out in Newquay you will be spoilt for choice, with the wide range of restaurants, cafes and takeaways you will be able to find something for everyone, even those fussy eaters! A couple of our favourites, The Beach Hut,  The Boathouse, The Beached Lamb Café, Fifteen Cornwall, Gusto Deli Bar, The Stable, The Fish House, The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant, Bush Pepper and The two Clomes

Hotel in Newquay where the witches were filmed?

The Headland is the proud film location of the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, renamed ‘Hotel Excelsior’ for the film.

How far is Bodmin from Newquay?

By car – 41 min (30.9 mi) via A30

How far is Newquay from Birmingham?

By car – 4 h 8 min (243.3 mi) via M5 and A30

How to get to Newquay by train?

It’s easy to get to Newquay by train from all over the UK, with direct routes from some of the country’s biggest cities, such as London, Birmingham and Manchester. Most trains to Newquay arrive into Newquay train station.

What to do in Newquay when it rains?

Blue Reef Aquarium. If you’re looking to get in touch with nature but the British weather isn’t on your side, how about a trip to Newquay’s very own aquarium? … Blue Reef Aquarium. … The Pirate’s Quest. … Trerice Manor. … Oasis Fun Pools. … Take a Surf Lesson with Escape Surf School!

What to see in Newquay Cornwall?

Newquay has 100’s of great places to see and this website www.newquay.co.uk will start you off on

Exploring this beautiful place.

What is eating out like in Newquay?

Newquay has restaurants in every nook and cranny catering for every taste ,  with our coastal location and a small fishing ‘fleet’ based at the harbour, seafood features highly on many menu’s. Featuring the ‘catch of the day’ in some cases some delicious fish dishes feature, among others, the local mackerel, sardines and sole or the luxury of fresh caught lobster and crab. We know that taking the family for an evening meal can be a stressful experience, finding somewhere that everyone likes, worried in case the baby starts screaming, but there is no need to worry, Newquay is a family friendly destination,  you will find that many of the restaurants will cater for younger children. Some even have soft play areas and outdoor play areas to keep them occupied whilst waiting for their food making it an enjoyable evening for the whole family. When looking to eat out in Newquay you will be spoilt for choice, with the wide range of restaurants, cafes and takeaways you will be able to find something for everyone, even those fussy eaters! A couple of our favourites, The Beach Hut,  The Boathouse, The Beached Lamb Café, Fifteen Cornwall, Gusto Deli Bar, The Stable, The Fish House, The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant, Bush Pepper and The two Clomes.

How many beaches are there in Newquay?

Wherever you stay in Newquay you are never too far from one of the Fourteen golden beaches, each one offering a different beach experience for each day of your stay. You will find that most of the beaches in and around Newquay are all golden sand, making it more comfortable for you to enjoy your day at the seaside. Whether you are looking for family fun, where the kids can go exploring the rock pools, a relaxing cove to sit and listen to the waves gently crash against the shore. Towan Beach , Great Western Beach, Tolcarne Beach, Fistral Beach, Lusty Glaze, Whipsiderry, Porth, Crantock, Watergate Bay, Holywell Bay, Penhale Sands, Mawgan Beach , Perronporth and Bedruthan Beach.

What is Newquay famous for?

Newquay is famous for the Boardmasters surfing championships, held at Fistral Beach, which attract competitors from all over the world. The main town beaches are Towan, Great Western, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne, all of which are reasonably sheltered and safe for swimming and sun-worshipping

What is the biggest town in Cornwall?

St Austell is the largest town in Cornwall. In 2013, its population was 27,400 people. The wider urban area around St Austell, has a population of 34,700 (2011 census data). Other towns include Falmouth (22,300), Camborne (21,600), Penzance & Newlyn (21,200), Truro (21,000) and Newquay (20,300).

What TV series or films were made in Newquay?

Several films have used Newquay as a filming location.

Echo Beach (2007)
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
The Master of Ballantrae
Naked as Nature Intended (1961)
Never Let Me Go
Plunge: The Movie (2003)
Scenes in the Cornish Riviera (1904)
Swept from the Sea
The Three Musketeers (1993)
The Witches (1990)

Can you get around Cornwall without a car?

yes, you can do a holiday in Cornwall without a car but it will take a bit of planning to make sure that you can get to the places that you want to. first off, contact cornwall council and ask for their bus and train maps. … You can get around without a car, just takes a bit more planning.

What is the local information on Newquay?

Newquay has a commercial centre with all the major facilities including banks, a Post office plus a huge range of pubs and restaurants.
In addition to its natural attractions, Newquay has many visitor attractions in or close to the town.
The Tourist Information Centre is situated at The Municipal Offices, Marcus Hill.

Newquay is situated on Cornwall’s North coast. It is easily accessed from the A30 or A39 trunk roads.
Newquay Cornwall Airport is a short distance from the town. Buses, taxis and hire cars are available.
For rail travellers, change at Par for Newquay

What are the Coastal Towns and Villages near Newquay?

Why not take the time to visit some of these beautiful towns and villages that are close to Newquay. Mawgan Porth, Watergate Bay, Porth, Crantock

Holywell, Perranporth, St Mawgan and St Columb Major and whilst you are here why not travel to Lands End which is only 37 miles away and easily

reachable by car, train or bus

How far is Lands End from Newquay?

Lands End is approximately 37 miles from Newquay and is easily reached by car in around one hour. Other well know beautiful Cornish towns are also easily reachable

Within an hour so if you are travelling to Cornwall by car , make the most of this gorgeous county , try St Austell, St Ives, Truro, Helston, Penzance or a personal favourite of mine Porthcurno.

Can I buy a Cornish Pasty in Newquay ?

Yes you can!  ‘The Cornish Bakery’ situated within the town is reputed to be one of the best, however, that is always a matter of taste – You can also try ‘Jamies Pastie Shop’, Nile Bakery, Warrens Bakery,  Malcolm Barnecutt Bakery and many more.

Newquay on the north Cornwall coast boasts a huge selection of golden sandy beaches. Some are excellent for rock pooling, while some are perfect for more extreme water sports – surfing, kite surfing, jet skiing.

Click on each icon on the map above to find out more about which beach is perfect for your time in Newquay, Cornwall.

When on the beaches, make sure you listen to any instructions given by the lifeguards. It is also important to recognise and understand the 4 commonly seen flags on the UK’s beaches – see below.For more information, download the RNLI beach safety leaflet here.

 Red Flag: Never enter the water when you see this flag, under any circumstances.
 Red and Yellow Flag: These show the lifeguarded areas between these flags.
 Checkered Flag: This area has been marked by use only for surfboards and kayaks. Never swim.
 Orange Sock: When the orange sock is flying this warns of Offshore Winds, never use inflatables!

Little Fistral beach sits north of Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach, and is only accessible at low tide. Little Fistral is a cute beach that lies to the west of Towan headland, a perfect place to retreat so you can marvel at the panoramic views from the white ‘lookout’ building that tops off Towan headland.

The beach has limited parking, although you can park at the nearby Fistral Beach car park – just a short walk away. Fistral Beach also has a restaurant, toilet facilities and watersports activities.

  • Lifeguards: Daily -May – September
  • Dogs allowed year-round
  • National Trust Parking available (5 mins walk to the beach). Follow the postcode TR8 5PF.
  • Toilets & Cafe available during high season (May – September)
  • Disabled access

Holywell Bay which can be found 5½ miles (8.9km) away from Newquay. The stream that meanders down from a wonderful backdrop of dunes to meet the sea provides a natural paddling area for children and it’s a great beach for families. Please note there are no food or toilet facilities on Holywell Bay beach. Located 1 ½ miles away is Cubert which has various shops and a post office including Holywell Bay Leisure park.

Known as Polly Joke Beach or Porth Joke Beach

  • No Lifeguard
  • Dogs allowed all year
  • No Parking
  • Access by walking from Holywell Bay, Crantock or hike from West Pentire.

To the west of Newquay, without road access is Porth Joke.This is a sandy beach nestling in an attractive, narrow cove between Kelsey Head and Pentire Point West headlands. This hide away and little-known beach is only 5 miles from the bustling town of Newquay, Cornwall. Porth Joke Beach is a north west-facing beach which at low tide reveals rock pools and caves. It sits between the more popular beaches of Holywell Bay and Crantock.

  • Lifeguards: Daily -May – September
  • Dogs allowed year-round
  • National Trust car parking free for members. Follow the postcode TR8 5SE.
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Access
  • Various cafe & restaurants

Crantock Beach lies on the River Gannel estuary and is a beautiful expanse of golden beach with good surf, ideal for all abilities. With extensive dunes, rock pools and caves to explore it is part of an extensive stretch of sands between the headlands of Pentire and West Pentire, with Crantock situated at the mouth of the River Gannel. Access to the beach is via steep dunes. Be aware the right hand side of the beach meets the River Gannel estuary so to avoid resulting currents it is advisable to bathe towards the left of this lovely bay. Crantock beach is a 15 minute drive from Newquay Town Centre or 45 minute walk from the town centre, buses run regularly to and from.

  • Limited off street parking
  • Dogs allowed all year
  • Popular as a horse riding trail

Be safe – Check the tide timetable, plan a walk around the estuary avoiding high tide!

The Gannel Estuary is tidal river which can be explored during low tide. This silted estuary used to be popular as a river channel on incoming tide bringing in coal, wood and sand to be distributed. You can find The Gannel as you exit Newquay along the link road heading towards Mount Wise. There is limited parking but the Estuary is an easy walk from town and also forms the starting point of the Newquay to Crantock circular walk. Be safe – buya tide timetable, plan a walk around the estuary avoiding high tide!

Cornish Meaning:  Porth Maugan or St Mawgan’s cove meaning cove of the Gluvian river

  • Lifeguards: Daily-May – September
  • Dogs allowed year-round
  • Parking available in Mawgan Porth on the beach.
  • Disabled Access
  • Equipment hire
  • Toilets
  • Various Cafe and restaurants

Some 5.5 miles (8.9km) out of Newquay towards the North which follows onto Wadebridge, this large expanse of pale golden sand at Mawgan Porth is framed by towering cliffs and sand dunes and offers both space and seclusion with a host of local shops and food outlets. During low tide there are a number of caves and rock outcrops that are accessible. On the south side of the beach there is a river that flows out to the sea. Mawgan Porth is another European Designated beach and has achieved the highest UK standard for bathing water quality.

On the south side of the beach at certain tides you can get to a secluded beach called Beacon Cove. This is a tiny sandy beach sheltered on either side by steep cliffs. Access by a rough steep track. There are no facilities on this beach and please check the tide timetables for incoming tides.

Also known as Tregurrian Beach

  • Lifeguards: Daily-May – September including Easter weekend
  • Dogs allowed year-round
  • Parking available at Watergate Bay(400 Spaces). For parking information click here.
  • Coach Parking available
  • A European designated beach for the highest standard of water quality
  • Variety of restaurants and Cafe’s
  • Disabled access
  • Toilets
  • Water sport equipment hire

Tregurrian Beach based at Watergate Bay spans two miles of golden sands, situated 3 miles from the town centre of Newquay, a 15minute drive or a 45minute walk. The wide expanses of sand and proximity to Newquay make Watergate Bay a popular destination for families. The bay’s Atlantic swells make it equally popular with water sports enthusiasts, and the beach hosts annual surfing events. The beach is backed by steep cliffs and is flanked north and south by Stem Point and Trevelgue Head respectively. Watergate Bay is normally quieter than those beaches closer to Newquay however during the summer months this can change.

  • No lifeguard present
  • Dogs allowed year-round
  • Important to check local tide times before visiting
  • Parking available on nearby Porth beach. For parking information click here.

Secluded around the corner from Porth Beach the long walk down steep steps at Whipsiderry Beach are a small price to pay for the quieter location with no facilities it’s a small peaceful beach which can only be visited during low tide, please be warned to return back up to Porth as the high tide can cut off the stairs.

Porth Beach, Newquay

Cornish Meaning: Cove

  • Lifeguards: May – September
  • Dog ban applies Easter day until 1st October
  • Parking Available on Beach (Tide dependant spaces). For parking information click here.
  • Disabled Access
  • Toilet Facilities
  • Refreshment stands and shop available during the summer
  • On the beach pub

Porth is a west-facing beach in a long, narrow cove, between Lusty Glaze and Watergate Bay beaches which looks towards Newquay Bay and the Headland. Even at high tide, enough of the exposed beach remains to enjoy. Popular with visitors with walking difficulties, Porth Beach is level with the road and allows some parking on the sands. It’s ideal for families, offering safe bathing and a sheltered location away from the busyness of the town centre which is just a 5minute drive or 25 minute walk.

Cornish Meaning: Lostyn Glas, meaning a place to view blue boats

  • Lifeguards: From May till September (Check Local Info)
  • Dog ban applies 31st May until 30th September
  • Parking: Lusty Glaze Car Park opposite to the beach (450 spaces)
  • Toilet & Shower Facilities
  • Beach Huts available for hire
  • Surf Hire
  • Beach-side restaurant and takeaway
  • European designated beach for bathing water quality

The most eastern of the four beaches Lusty Glaze (the others being Great Western, Tolcarne and Towan Beach) and facing North West. Lusty Glaze’s unique beachside complex can be reached by a steep flight of steps. A uniquely privately owned beach that’s open to all. This lovely horseshoe-shaped cove offers an almost infinite selection of exciting water, cliff and land based activities making it a safe family friendly environment. Lust Glaze also plays host to an increasing list of live music events

Checkout the events planned to take place on Lusty Glaze this year.

Cornish Meaning: Talkarn ‘Hole in the Rock’

  • Lifeguards: Daily-Mid May – End of September
  • Dog ban applies 1st May until 30th September
  • Limited parking by beach. Nearby parking on Cliff Road and side roads.
  • Nearest Pay Parking: Manor Car Park (246 spaces). For parking information click here.
  • Beach huts available to hire on a long term basis.
  • Surf Hire
  • Disabled Access

Following on from Great Western Beach which can be walked right from Towan Beach during low tide if you walk further along Cliff Road for steps or a steep winding slope you’ll find Tolcarne Beach, with its brightly painted beach huts. This crescent shaped bay offers more than just golden sand and easy swimming. With plenty of organised activities, surf schools with BSA qualified instructors and beach hire amenities.

great western beach newquay

At low tide beach you can walk from Towan Beach to reach Great Western Beach but when the tide is high, this area can be approached from Cliff Road down a steep slope located next to the Great Western Hotel. Facilities include a café, public toilets, deckchairs, body boards and windbreaks are also available at this beach.

towan beach the most central beach to newquay

Facilities at Towan Beach, Newquay

Cornish Translation: Tewyn meaning Sand Dunes

    • Lifeguards: Mid May – September including Easter weekend
    • Dogs allowed year-round
    • Nearest Pay Parking: Manor Car Park (246 spaces). For parking information click here.
    • Various restaurants and cafe’s close by
    • Toilet Facilities close by
    • Deck Chair hire available from Blue Reef Aquarium
    • Disabled Access

Towan Beach is the western-most of the four ajoining beaches (the others being Great Western, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze) in Newquay, which combine at low tide to cover over a mile of family-friendly sand that holds several little bathing pools for the family. Of the four beaches, the north-facing Towan Beach is situated closest to Newquay town centre. Accessed by steps down from the Killacourt or via a short but steep incline at the end of Beach Road. It is also where you will find Newquay’s most photographed landmark – The Island, nestled just off the coast. The Island’s former owners were famous scientist Sir Oliver Lodge.

  • No lifeguard present
  • Dogs allowed year-round
  • Limited parking at Harbour Beach (31 spaces). For parking information click here.
  • Various restaurants and cafe’s close by
  • Toilet Facilities

The Harbour Beach is the smallest in Newquay and is only accessible during low tide when you can watch as the the catch of the day arrives at the busy working harbour. Families can enjoy piece of mind as the harbour provides north east facing shelter for bathing. The RNLI also launch their sea rescues so be prepared to see the volunteer crew leap into a Newquay lifeboat. To the east of the harbour wall is Towan Beach. During peak seasons boat trips are available from the harbour.

Fistral Beach is a critically acclaimed beach in Newquay, Cornwall

Fistral Beach is one of the top UK beaches and probably the most well known.

Cornish Translation: Porth an Vystel, meaning ‘cove of the foul water’.

  • Dogs allowed year-round
  • Pay and Display nearby at Fistral Beach (200 spaces). 20 minutes free parking. For parking information click here.
  • Lifeguards: Daily from May – September including Easter weekend. Voluntary Lifeguards during winter weekends.
  • Various restaurants and cafe’s
  • Surf Equipment hire and lessons.
  • Shower & Toilet facilities.
  • Fistral Beach is a European Designated beach for European Water Quality Standards.
  • Live Music & Events
  • Disabled Access

Fistral Beach Newquay

Fistral, perhaps the UK’s most famous beach, is split between North and South Fistral. Fistral Beach is west-facing, exposing it to Atlantic swells, ensuring consistent waves suitable for surfing. The Cribbar, at the north end of the beach, causes waves to break when the swell is high. It is considered to be Cornwall’s “big wave” location with wave faces as high as 40 feet (12m).The UK’s most famous surfing location, Fistral Beach hosts many national and international surfing competitions which draw thousands of visitors to the beach.

Make sure to check our surf report to see the latest tidal information.

Check what events are taking place on Fistral this year on our What’s On Calendar.

Say the word Fistral to any avid surfer and you can guarantee their eyes will widen in awe. As one of the world’s top surfing destinations, backed by high cliffs and sand dunes, Fistral is the playground for hundreds of enthusiasts who flock to the beach to get a fix of the big waves. All the big UK surf competitions take place here including the Famous Night Surf, Board masters Surf Championships, National Surf Championships, the Groms plus many more… so if you’re a gung-ho pro or a just a timid beginner, this is the ideal place for you to show off or take your first tentative dip in the ocean.

Overlooked by the imposing grandeur of the Headland Hotel, the beach is bookended by two headlands that funnel in powerful, hollow waves which regularly reach heights of between 6 and 8 feet. Onshore there are plenty of opportunities to book surf lessons or hire gear, and a complex of cafes, takeaways and shops is located on the beach. Or you can just lie on the beach and watch the action from afar! Lifeguard cover on Fistral Beach from the 30th March – 28th October. Lifeguard cover on South Fistral Beach from the 7th of July until the 30th of September (2018). Sand chairs are available from Fistral Surf Hire Shop. Telephone: 01637850584S and chairs are provided by Cornwall Mobility in partnership with Disability Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Fistral Beach Hotel and more

There are plenty of Hotels near to Fistral Beach, here is a selection to help you choose one that you may like.

Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa  – Fistral Beach Esplanade Road, Newquay TR7 1PT, England

0.6 miles from Fistral Beach

Carnmarth Hotel  – Fistral Beach Esplanade Road, Newquay TR7 1PT, England

0.6 miles from Fistral Beach

The Atlantic Hotel  – Dane Road, Newquay TR7 1EN, England

0.4 miles from Fistral Beach

Key West Hotel – 117 Key West | Mount Wise, Newquay TR7 1QR, England

0.4 miles from Fistral Beach

The Esplanade Hotel – Fistral Beach Esplanade Road, Newquay TR7 1PS, England

0.5 miles from Fistral Beach

Ravensbury Hotel – 61 Pentire Avenue, Newquay TR7 1PD, England

0.6 miles from Fistral Beach

Hotel California – 32 Pentire Crescent, Newquay TR7 1PU, England

0.6 miles from Fistral Beach

Hotel Sunnyside Newquay – 5-7 The Crescent, Newquay TR7 1DT, England

0.7 miles from Fistral Beach

Beaconsfield Hotel – The Crescent, Newquay TR7 1DT, England

0.7 miles from Fistral Beach

OYO Minerva Guesthouse – 2-3 The Crescent, Newquay TR7 1DT, England

0.7 miles from Fistral Beach

The Pentire Hotel – 60 Pentire Avenue, Newquay TR7 1NU, England

0.7 miles from Fistral Beach

Priory Lodge Hotel – 30 Mount Wise, Newquay TR7 2BN, England

0.8 miles from Fistral Beach

White House Hotel Newquay – 33 Mount Wise, Newquay TR7 2BH, England

0.8 miles from Fistral Beach

The Sutherland Hotel – 29 Mount Wise, Newquay TR7 2BH, England

0.8 miles from Fistral Beach

Legacy Hotel Victoria Newquay – East Street, Newquay TR7 1DB, England

0.9 miles from Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa

In a hillside setting with sweeping views over Fistral Bay, this relaxed hotel and spa is 10 minutes’ walk from Fistral Beach, a mile from the A392 and 2 miles from central Newquay.
Airy, modern rooms contain light wood furnishings and designer beds. All come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some have sea views, with select rooms adding private balconies. Suites have chic living areas, gaming consoles and whirlpool baths.
Guests have free use of the spa’s pool and fitness centre, while treatments are offered for a fee. A sleek restaurant overlooks the beach, plus there’s a lounge bar

 

Fistral Beach Webcam

To get all the latest information and surf reports and forecasts for North Fistral Beach please click the following link , here you will see real time live cam https://www.surfline.com/surf-report/north-fistral-beach/584204214e65fad6a7709cec

 

 

Fistral Beach Bar              

Situated on the shoreline of Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach, it’s a place that gives you balance in life. Relax and unwind on our extensive decked area, with uninterrupted views of the stunning North Cornwall coastline. Or be active: catch some waves on one of the UK’s most iconic surfing beaches, go rock-pooling or enjoy a walk along the sand. Most importantly, it’s about you having a good time. Everyone is welcome all year round, including well-behaved dogs!

 

 

Fistral Beach Surf Report

Fistral-North in North Cornwall is a fairly exposed beach break that has dependable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the southeast with some shelter here from southwest winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and wind swells and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach break offers mainly left-hand waves. Best around low tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

You can catch all the latest tidal/surf information right here:- https://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Fistral_North

 

Towan Beach Information and webcam link

Towan Beach is the centre of our world; it’s our home, our playground and where Newquay is at its absolute best. It’s got the looks to send you starry-eyed and the sense for adventure to get your blood pumping. Get ready to fall in love with the best beach in Newquay.          

Location matters and Towan Beach hits the spot on so many levels. It’s right in the heart of Newquay so you can be browsing the shops one minute and feeling the sand between your toes the next, it’s within striking distance of the town’s car parks and its gloriously easy access. Yes, it’s at the bottom of a sloping hill but wheelchairs and buggies love it and being nestled between the harbour and Great Western Beach, it is lovely and sheltered. Some mistakenly call it Town Beach and thanks to its awesome central location, it’s easy to understand why.  If you want a live view of the beach, why not take a look at our webcam :- https://newquayactivitycentre.co.uk/towan-beach-newquay-webcam/

The flat, packed sands of Towan beach are the best for beach games or a dog walk in the sun. Golden, sandy, clear blue waters; Towan has got all that you could ask for in a beach and more. It’s the only beach in the area with hard, flat sand so is great for walking on and is in poll position when it comes to conditions for group activities. Families are attracted by its safe bathing waters which are protected by RNLI lifeguards –  May to October. They come armed with buckets, spades and fishing nets, while everyone from adrenaline seekers to those looking for a quiet sanctuary can find a patch of the beach to suit their mood. And it’s a pretty exciting place to be if you’ve got a wet nose and waggy tail, for Towan beach is dog-friendly year round – perfect for a game of fetch! There’s also three caves to explore, a tunnel over by the harbour wall and rock pools aplenty. Plus, if you visit at low tide you’ll experience Towan as it connects to the neighbouring beaches of Great Western and Tolcarne to become one huge sandy expanse.