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Newquay, a spunky town where surfers thrive, transforms during the summer into a bustling mass of holiday-goers. While the city has had problems with underage drinking in the past, it is working closely with law enforcement and locals to straighten up and make it more difficult for younger teens to participate in dangerous drinking activities.
There is a lot to do within the city itself -- surfing, swimming, and scuba for the water-eager, as well as plenty of shops and beaches and arcades and bars for the water-weary. At night, the party life is vibrant and relaxed (except for the occasional stag or hen party that walks by) and there are plenty of different venues for everyone. Surfing is a popular culture here, and everyone is welcome, from beginners to the old-timers. There are no cliques or elite crowds among the surfers -- everyone swims together and then hangs out together at night. It is not difficult to mingle with the locals.
If you get tired of the sand and surf and wish to do some sightseeing, there are several attractions in Cornwall that are accessible by train, bus, or car. Head down south to Lands End and Penzance and see St. Michaels Mount or St. Ives for the day. Inland, you can go see the Eden Project, which boasts huge greenhouses, which each take at least forty-five minutes to walk through -- they offer a discount on your ticket if you arrive by bus!). Or head up north to Tintagel and see the famous ruins of a castle associated with King Arthur on the cliffside. And don't forget to check out the puffins if they're around. While you are staying at a Newquay hostel, you will never run out of things to do!
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St. Christopher's Inn - Newquay
"Surf's up -- St. Christopher's Inn - Newquay is a surfer's delight! Hang out here if you want to get the inside scoop on the best things to do and places to go in Newquay (and Cornwall). It's a local hangout and has a great atmosphere. The Location It's easy enough to find from the bus station, which is about a five-minute walk away. The train station is a bit longer, about fifteen minutes, but you get to pass through the fun shops...
Newquay International Backpackers
"I stayed here last summer as part of my tour of england and it was the best place by far! The staff are amazing, the location was perfect for the bars and beaches, and my room was so funky, I loved the colourful dooner covers. Everything is really clean and lovely. I met so many great people here and had lots of fun, I especially loved the cocktail and limbo party. If you are going to Newquay make sure you stay here!" … "Me and two...
The Escape Surf School
"… if you book 2 nights, you will receive 2 Surfing lessons. Some of our prices include 1 meal and 1 drink - this would be an item off the "main meals" menu and 1 beerThe surf lessons are each 2.5 hours long and we run 2 a day (usually 10am and 2pm). The price includes board, wetsuit and gloves / boots if required, so there is no extra hire charge to payYou will be coached by a member of our professional coaching team, all...
Navy Blue Lodge
"… we do not ask you to pay for your stay before you get here and we don't impose a ridiculous minimum stay in the peak season. Navy Blue is ideal for the independent traveller, couple or family who want that little bit extra from a lodge. Dormitory rooms: All ensuite Quality bunkbeds Some sea views Duvet and bedding provided Double/Family rooms: All en-suite Quality double/kingsize beds Tea and coffee facilities Televisions Some...
Matt's Surf Lodge
"This place was great!!! The people were awesome and there was a really friendly atmosphere. We're going back next year!!" … "I really enjoyed my stay at this surf lodge. wicked and friendly staff made very welcome. the quality of the lodge is that of a hotel -- you get more than you think. the views from the top floor were amazing. the room was just right for me and my friends. i would certainly recommend matt's surf lodge for anyone...
Driftwood Surf Lodge
"Great small hostel - I've stayed here for a week and it's been great. The hostel is in a good location with easy access to shops, beaches, bus and train stations. The couple who run the hostel are very accommodating. There's full access to a kitchen and a small lounge/dining room where there's usually a good group of people hanging out." … "… use of a fully equipped kitchen. There is complimentary WIFI. The Lodge is also well...
"We are a friendly family run local guest house catering for those looking for a real Cornish experience. Being situated so close to the rugged Cornish coastline our location is ideal for Surfers, Cyclists, Walkers & any other outdoor enthusiasts. With our local knowledge & experience we are more than happy to advise you on how to get the most out of your stay. We offer modern rooms with contemporary decor, TV, DVD player, Coffee & Tea...
Kirribilli Guest House
"… 8.30 – 10.30 # Fresh Tea and coffee # Chilled juices # Thick sliced brown and white bread for toasting # Butter and flora # Selection of cereals # Yogurts # Pastries # Cereal bars # Selection of preserves our help yourself breakfast is Served 8.30 – 10.30 which consists of Fresh Tea and coffee Chilled juices Thick sliced brown and white bread for toasting Butter and flora Selection of cereals Yogurts Selection of preserves then...
Avalon Guest House
"… - 9.30 am Holiday CancellationDeposits are non-refundable upon cancellation unless covered by Holiday Insurance.In the event of cancellation of your booking we will make every effort to re-let the accommodation. However if we are unable to do so, you may be charged the total cost of your booking.All cancellations should be made by telephone, followed by a written confirmation of cancellation.What Beautiful Cornwall has to offer you...
"… rooms consisting of a bedroom with bunk beds and a double bed. The other room is a bedroom/lounge/kitchen. It is a very large room with a double bed at one end and the kitchen area at the other end with the lounge area in between. This is the nicest room in the house and has a table and chairs in a large bay window with a lovely sea view. Sleeps 2 to 5. Apartment 2 ( 2nd floor, front) Two rooms, consisting of a bedroom with bunk...
"… are open all year. 1 Double sleeps2 / 1 single / 1 twin bunkbed room sleeps 2 /one dorms with 2 bunkbeds sleeps 4.one dorm sleeps 3. TV and tea making facilities. irons and ironing boards on request. 24 hr access with your key returnable key deposits apply Amenities : Roof garden /sun terrace . Shower rooms and bathrooms.most rooms have wash basins Location : We are close to shops. cafes, restaurants, pubs and...
"… ciders! MOR bedrooms are freshly painted white with colourful furnishings; private, secure and all with en-suites we offer double bed or bunk style accommodation. Our free breakfast gives you that get up and go in the morning to enjoy the days activities. No under 18's permitted during peak season Check In: 14.00 pm Cancellation Policy: 3 weeks, late cancellations and no shows will be charged the amount of the first...
"… guests and include en-suite facilities, all bedlinen and flatscreen televisions - just bring along your own towels. We have 24 hour CCTV plus a manager and security on duty each night for your comfort and safety and you're welcome to help yourself to unlimited tea and coffee available in the Reception/ Common room area. All large groups are welcome with no curfew in place so guests can come and go as they please. Although we don't...
Ocean Surf Lodge
"… note: No under 18's permitted. Check-in/Check-out: Check-in is 15.00, Check-out is 10.30am. Guests arriving after 6pm need to call Ocean Lodge to confirm. Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. We will pre-authorise your credit card for the cost of 1 nights stay in...
"Perfectly located for a short break in Newquay, Hotel Sunnyside is a fun and upbeat budget hotel offering a range of facilities and a great choice of affordable private en-suite rooms for single travellers, couples, and groups of all ages. Positioned just above Towan Beach in the heart of Newquay town centre, our location boasts inspirational views across Newquay bay and the awe-inspiring Atlantic coastline. With only a two minute walk to the...
"… or catch up on some sleep after a hard night’s clubbing with our room only tariff. Well-stocked licensed bar and ample seating on our sunset patio. Surf board storage available. Free wi-fi access. We have two fully furnished apartments, each sleeping 4 to 7 people on the same site as the hotel. Spectacular sea views over Fistral Beach and Newquay Golf Course. Check the surf from your room! Apartment 1 has 2 sets of bunks, double...
Offshore Surf Lodge
"… has to offer. At the Offshore Hotel, everyone receives a warm welcome by our friendly staff, from singles to large parties; our main concern is that you have a great time. All of the hotel rooms have sea views and are en-suite with Tea/Coffee-making facilities and TV's. We also offer hotel dormitory-style rooms. We have our own licensed bar where you can shoot some pool or relax, and we have a large private garden and decking at...
"With our own bar and breakfast served all day there is somewhere for you to relax without the pressure of getting up early. Our food is prepared fresh to order in our 5* rated kitchen. With Sea views from some of our rooms you can tell how close you are to the fun of Newquay All our rooms are en-suite, we supply all your linen and towels so traveling is less bulky, all we ask is that you don't take the towels onto the beach. We can help...
Base Surf Lodge
"… lodge boasts comfortable dorm-style accommodation in rooms of 2, 4 or 6 with crisp cotton linen supplied. Most rooms have panoramic views of Fistral beach or Newquay Bay. Our in-house surf school, Big Green Surf School, run lessons every day on the world famous Fistral Beach and offer amazing discounts for residents of the lodge. All equipment included, any age or ability, from first-timers to seasoned shredders! Surf & Stay...
"… accessible for public transport with the train station only fifteen minute walk and Newquay bus station only a couple of minutes away. We have dorms and private rooms available, large communal area & chill out room and fully licenced bar and scrumptious BBQ area out front. As a guest at Breakers you will have the freedom to enjoy your stay – your way with no curfew so you can come and go as you please. Breakers Lodge is convenient,...
"… sizes, sleeping from 2 to 14 guests in bunk style dormitories with most rooms en-suite. Our bar, complete with pool table and a pro 3k sound system is fully licensed staying open until 4am on Friday and Saturday nights. We also have an in house Thai restaurant 'The Bird' with Head Chef, Noam, serving authentic flavours from Koh Lanta. Free parking for up to 20 cars. Most of our rooms are ensuite or have a shower/toilet, rooms...
Surfside Stop B & B
"… pubs and clubs for the young as well as some excellent restaurants for those who prefer a quieter nightlife. For those who wish to see more of Cornwall, Newquay is well served by public transport and is situated within close proximity to attractions such as the Eden Project, Falmouth's new National Maritime Museum and the Art Galleries of St Ives, which are all within easy travelling distance. Newquay's BeachesFrom this Newquay...
"… to be found in the area. National Trust Gardens, Tintagel Castle, St Michael's Mount, Flambards, Geevor Tin Mine, Jamaica Inn, Dairy Land Farm World and many, many more. You can drive to any part of Cornwall within ninety minutes - from Lands End to Bude - from St Ives to Fowey. Alternatively, you can take an organized coach excursion. Within the local area of The Surfside Hotel you will find sandy beaches, shops, golf, tennis,...
Newquay Travel Tips & Suggestions
Newquay is a brilliant weekend away and good fun can be had. The hostels here are not up to scratch, however! They are poorly run and the standards are very low. If you do hostel it, do your research.
I like Newquay!
I love Newquay -- my brother lives there so go down when I can. It's so lovely, the people are nice, even better nightlife, and it's cheap. I would recommend it.
I went down there last summer, I went swimming with my friend and he fell in the water -- it was funny. I will be going again because I want do a fossil hunt with my granny.
— Grani Fani aka James C Mowat
I first went when I turned sixteen with a group of mates and then again this year for the summer again with a few mates. Surfing, drinking, chilling, and the magic bus shop is a must to visit! I just got back about three weeks ago and I'm already booked to go back in October. The nightlife is awesome and the people are so laid back. Overall, just amazing.
— Paul Cook
Newquay rocks -- I went down for a few days last week.
I absolutely love Newquay. I've been going for five years now every summer. I i just wish I could get down there more often. My boyfriend loves the bodyboarding and I love the shops and beaches. Well worth visiting if you're up for a laugh and/or relaxing holiday.
Full of pikey, scally types and the ropiest chats iIve ever come across! Other than that there is a supermarket and nice beaches in both directions. Just stick to chatting with the locals and steer well clear of the sub-human northerners who tend to populate the place in summer.
Been and its not very good. There are no gardens for me to plant plants in. I was not very happy, and I felt the food was not healthy enough for my liking. I feel I should stick to my studying back home.
Been to Newquay tons of time... best place in the UK by far. Just got back yesterday, going again in a months time :D
Man Newquay is just quality. I went down last year for about 5 weeks just skating surfin and drinking. Goin again this year for 2 months just saving the pennies at the mo...
I've been coming to Cornwall simce I can remeber and Newquay is the best part of it! You've got the nightlife, the beaches, the sea, and it's really cheap!
I went to Newquay last year when I was 16 with some friends and it was fantastic! The night life was great and in the day you can surf or just chill on the beaches. It's cheap and the perfect place to get away from it all. But beware, a signal is not easy to get for mobile lovers.
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