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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
"me and my boyfriend stayed here in aug 06. we didnt enjoy it the first 2 nights. we had a double room but we then had to move to another room which had bunk beds in!!!! we left early and stayed elsewhere." … "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....
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...
"Porn mag, stained sheets, and half a packet of condoms! - These are just some of the free added extras that they forgot to put on their description of this place and that my sister, boyfriend, and I were unlucky enough to find in our private rooms! Along with the Fawlty Towers-Style showers ( 20p for four minute located outside the bathroom so you have to put another 20p in in your towel to get eight minutes), the one toilet for the whole...
Matt's Surf Lodge
"Not happy - We've stayed here before (£25 for couple for 1 night, out of season) & was a lovely stay but last night was a complete disaster!!!! we called ahead to check for room availability & were confirmed with a room for 2 nights, we asked the price, they said it would be £25 per night for the couple & this seems about right as we paid this before, so £50? great price for the summer hey?? thought it sounded too good too be true as its peek...
"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...
Avalon Guest House
"… Note: All bedrooms are no smoking.We regret that no allowances can be made for rooms not occupied, or meals not taken during the period of the booking.Meal TimesBreakfast 8.45 - 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...
"… 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...
"… you that get up and go in the morning to enjoy the day's 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 night. If you are arriving after 5pm then you need to call us to confirm. Sunday to Wednesday reception will only be open until 5 unless agreed with us. The value of your first night's stay will be...
"… 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...
Westward Bed & Breakfast
"… 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. The property may pre-authorize your card before arrival. Check in from 14:00 to 21:00 . Check out before 10:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. Taxes included. Breakfast included. General; No curfew. We do not accept customers younger than 18 years of age unless accompanied by a...
"… 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 sofa bed with bunk Apartment 2 has double bed, set of bunks...
"… for coastal walks, surfing, fishing and enjoying the beautiful golden sands of the beach. The hotel is only 25 minutes drive from the world famous Eden Project and only a short distance from Newquays water parks, zoo, and golf course. Newquay is situated in the center of Cornwall, an ideal base for touring the numerous Tourist Attractions to be found in the area. National Trust Gardens, Tintagel Castle, St Michael's Mount,...
"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,...
"… 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. Unfortunately we do not have any lift so we are not able to welcome disable guest. Sorry for them. Most of our rooms are ensuite or have a shower/toilet, rooms without...
"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...
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...
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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