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Things to do in Newquay, Cornwall

Newquay is Cornwall's most popular and liveliest resort, with magnificent beaches and a major centre for surfing.

The Seashore Newquay © Dave Wilton
The Seashore © Dave Wilton

Climbing up behind the beaches are high cliffs with exciting caves, the best is at Porth Island, Newquay's original settlement.

Newquay has lots of interesting things for all ages to see and do. There is a Sea Life Centre, Golf Course, Zoo, and plentiful nightlife.

The Huer's House, on the headland west of the harbour, is of interest.

Newquay was renowned for Pilchard fishing, which came in plentiful numbers but at infrequent intervals.

Quiet Cove Newquay © Dave Wilton
Quiet Cove © Dave Wilton

Until the late 19th century a man known as a Huer, would watch from the house for the shoals to redden the waters, the sign that Pilchards were in the bay. He then gave a great cry of 'Heva! Heva!' to alert the fishermen of the town.

Trevelgue Cliff Castle - (Barrows, Bronze Age-Roman) Seven ramparts defend the headland, where houses and evidence of early smelting were excavated and two Bronze Age burial mounds.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway - Pretty narrow-gauge railway on a former branch line to Newquay. Magnificent listed East Wheal Rose engine house, part of one of Cornwall's most famous mines.

The Beach Newquay © Dave Wilton
The Beach © Dave Wilton

Trerice - A delightful Elizabethan manor house, dating from 1571. The house is small and secluded and contains superb fireplaces, fine ceilings, antique clocks and furniture.

The Japanese Garden & Bonsai Centre - Authentic Japanese garden set in one acre, with a water garden, stroll garden, Zen garden and bamboo grove.

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