The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Welcome to the Central, a bustling bar in the heart of Newquay with a heated terrace and beer garden for al fresco dining. With a pool table and Sky Sports the whole family will be entertained here and even the family dog is welcome.
Tolcarne Beach joins up with Great Western and Towan at low tide to create a mile-long stretch of sand. A favourite spot amongst families and surfers, this sheltered beach is a short walk from Newquay town centre and can get a little crowded in summer. Access onto Talcarne Beach is via a series of steps in the cliff and there are lots of amenities nearby, including shops, sports equipment hire, cafes and more. For extra peace of mind, life guards are on duty in the summer months.
It is best to park in the area around The Great Western Hotel and pick up the coastal path heading north all the way to Watergate Bay. The views of the Atlantic are terrific, backed up by some dramatic high cliffs and sandy beaches. Dogs are allowed on the paths but do take care as the cliffs are high. Beach access is limited for dogs during summer but some do allow them during the winter months. Further details about dog friendly beaches can be found on the Cornwall-beaches.co.uk website and it is recommended that you check this before you set off. Watergate Bay is a two mile stretch of golden sands and you can stop over at Jamie Olivers Fifteen Restaurant before the return leg. This walk is a 6 mile round trip. Take a look at the i.walk.cornwall website for a detailed route and other great scenic walks in the area.
Arguably the liveliest town on the north coast, Newquay caters for young revellers and families alike. Great surfing, lots of busy pubs and cafes and a hub for surf lifestyle shopping.
A beach cafe in the most rustic sense - a beachside shed with some outdoor seating. It is a National Trust-owned hut, but run by a local couple who provide 'Feast Nights' - now made famous by their appearance on ITV's 'Cornwall with Caroline Quentin'. You need to buy tickets, but the hut is generally open to everyone, except during the winter, so check times on their Web site.
visited in March
Windy, sunny and busyish. Interesting changing lunch menu which comes in cartons you can take away or eat on site. Also usual snacks and drinks. No need to book in March.
Lovely little walk from the car park where you come across some steps, if you then take the steps immediately going up you then come across the stunning Hidden Hut, where the food is fantastic, may be a little pricey, but so worth it, especially sitting on the benches
We visited the Hidden Hut whilst on holiday last week. Gorgeous food. We had the watercress soup which was scrumptious. Really recommend a visit.
What a surprise . Very popular so be prepared to queue but you can enjoy the view of Porthcurnick beach and headland.
Excellent customer service.
Worth a little walk.
A little gem
What a wonderful beachside find. It is super popular now so expect to queue, but it's is completely worth it with exceptional food, and a great beachside location. You won't regret a day out here. Check the website for opening times/days.
Great food overlooking the beach
Not just another beach front cafe. This place is possibly the best beach cafe/restaurant going. Great food and atmosphere. Really hits the spot. You will not be disappointed and worth the effort.
Really fantastic food, great service (despite the length of the queue). You must visit!
Perfect situation and great food
If you didn’t already know it, this a now a justly famous spit just above a lovely Cornish beach.
Splendid food - some fusion inspired and some more typical local Cornish. Great atmosphere. Also they have now a great Hidden Hut cookbook. Such a happy mix of photos and recipes!
definitely recommend for a yummy beachside lunch
Being relatively local to the area, we felt it was time to see if this often-mentioned beach cafe lived up to it's reputation....and it did! On a sunny August Sunday, the beach was busy and so was the Hidden Hut. Be prepared to queue - for quite a while - but once you've selected which of the mouthwatering options to go for, you've plenty of choice of places to sit and enjoy the really well cooked food and the amazing location. No doubt this will be the first of many visits to come!
Perfect for coffee and cake, overlooking Porthcurnick beach.
Stunning place for a delicious lunch! Pricey but great quality. Locally sourced and freshly made. Busy on Bank holidays but worth the queue. Soups are always fabulous as are the pasties, pulled pork baps and sausage rolls. We were lucky enough to get tickets for a feast night once and it was a most memorable and special event. Check out their Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/thehiddenhut/
From African lions to zebras, Cornwall’s award-winning zoo is home to over 300 animals. There's plenty to do, with daily feeding times and talks, a play area, maze, picnic spots, a cafe and, in summer, bbq's by the lake. Young animal lovers can sign up to be a junior zookeeper for the day.
Newquay Zoo is worth a visit however it is a little on the small side and you do get around quite quickly. However if you take the trail, go around the maze and have lunch/picnic then it does fill a morning/afternoon quite nicely. There are lots of animals for the kids to see and various interesting talks throughout the day. Would recommend the food in the café we had a lovely lunch there.
We came here on a damp and drizzly day but the zoo didn't disappoint. It is small but there is a kids trail to do on the way round and interesting talks about the animals. The kids loved that they could pay 50p and feed the penguins!! I would recommend it for a day out but be aware that it isn't big and therefore if you didn't want to spend time doing the trail etc, you could be finished fairly quickly.
Lots to do at Newquay Zoo!
Although comparatively small, this is reflected in the price and there is still plenty to do to make a worthwhile day out. The zoo is well landscaped throughout, with further improvements currently being carried out, making for a lovely walk if nothing else! The animals all looked healthy and were easy to see, and we were given a map, some vouchers and a timetable of the talks/shows upon entry. Considering we went out-of-season, on a very cold February morning, there were at least five feeding times/talks to go and see throughout the day, plenty of picnic benches and a cafe (although the little food stalls dotted around were closed), plus a small shop, packed full of animal-related bits and pieces. All in all, a worthwhile trip out on a budget!
if you've got kids this is a good place to take them if the weather turns. It is quite small but in school hols they put on lots of entertainment and it is generally pretty interesting.
Friendly little zoo, right next to the swimming centre and skate park for those groups with a mix of interests. You won't see the range of animals you expect at the larger zoos, but those that are there are happy and well cared for. You won't see penguins, tapirs, lions and lynx anywhere else in Cornwall!
Fistral Beach is where the action sports take place, including ASP World Tour Surfing. Further along the coast Watergate Bay plays host to the festival. These events are certainly for the young or young at heart, take a look at their Web site for further details and to buy tickets.
I went to the 2015 Boardmasters and it was fantastic. Brilliantly organised, The line up was varied and interesting with some classics like Faithless and Reef together with and up and comers like the stunning Rag and Bone man. I love the little View stage perched on the cliff over looking Watergate Bay beneath you. Its a breathtaking way to watch live music. I saw a young singer songwriter called Josh Mac from Brighton who was simply brilliant . The festival is starting to feel like a real festival now with its own personality created by fab venues like The Keg and Pasty, a pub Filled to the roof with pasties and cider... perfect.
Be transported to faraway lands at the wonderful Eden Project. An educational charity and social enterprise, the Eden Project teaches visitors all about global environments and the importance of sustainability. Get lost in the tropics before stopping in the Med, who knows where your day could take you.
We enjoyed our visit but the standard of catering was dreadful and it somehow didn't quite live up to our expectations. Worth going out of season. Car parking quite a way from entrance.
Lovely day out
For the quickest route to the Eden Project put the post code in to your sat nav from the cottage .if you follow the brown signs it is a lot further and slower due to traffic. Can be an expensive day out . Take a picnic.
Big queues for food and drinks.
Eden project and amazing few hours visit
My daughter and myself visited here and we both were overwhelmed by the whole experience, very well laid out and something for everyone.
Worth a visit
Worth a visit but look out for discount codes or vouchers as can be expensive to get in but ticket valid for a year.
Visited a few years ago so wanted to revisit to see what had changed or improved. The plants in the domes have grown in to good sized plants. A few more sculptures & places to eat.
Great for families
We've been several times and always had fun. You can get annual tickets when you gift aid your entry which is very worthwhile as it isn't cheap. Went twice over Easter week once going in as it opened and enjoying the biomes in the pouring rain! Core building also great for kids and not as busy as biomes. We went again later in the day another day and discovered that you can have an evening meal in the Mediterranean biome midweek from Easter to October which was a lovely treat and then they give you a lift back up the hill afterwards! Staying til it closes gives you a quieter time too!
Amazing place, well worth a visit
A fun day at Eden
Myself and my two children (aged 4 and 7) visited Eden Project during the school holidays. We had a great day out which was enjoyed by all. The Biomes were busy at times but there was plenty of little hideaway places outside to get away from the crowd and recharge the batteries. We took our own picnic so don't know about pricing / food of the onsite eateries but I can say that the ice creams were lovely and in my opinion great value at £2 each.
Simply great !
Last year we bought an annual ticket and could visit The Eden Project 3 times. Every time we went it was a great day out !
Excellent all round.including zip wire!
We went on a rainy day in the summer hols and understandably everyone else had the same idea so it was packed. It was nice to see the iconic biomes and interesting to look round but we thought it was very expensive for what it was - £60 for 4 of us plus we ate there so an extra £40 for that. We also seemed to spend a lot of time queuing for food, to look round the biomes, for the park and ride etc . We would go back but perhaps out of season to have chance to explore fully. We'd also look round for cheaper tickets!!
Have wanted to visit here for many years. It was quite interesting, the Biomes were amazing to look at from the outside. We bought tickets from the tourist information centre before we visited which they sell at discounted prices and also went after 3.30pm when entrance is less. The cakes in the cafe were all a bit stale, at nearly £40 for a piece of cake and a drink for 7 of us we thought they would be lovely and were not so good. Maybe it was a bad day for cake. Glad to have visited, would probably only go once.
good value with stores vouchers....
Visited for the first time 10 years ago, and of course in 10 years it HAS changed...more grown up, but we remarked to each other many times that it didn't feel as "magical" as the first time we wound our way down to the domes. The large 'flags' have gone that marked the way down the paths.....perhaps that was it? entrance was £23 each for adults & £9.50 each for kids....So to be honest we really wouldn't have visited had it not been for a certain store voucher scheme that meant we payed £5 each and the kids £2.50 each ...so we did treat ourselves to lunch..£5 for most mains with salad or new potatoes....YUMMY, filling & VERY good value, with free pitchers of water on the tables and help yourself mugs hang above - all very handy. Plenty to see and do although our kids sped around the place and ended up where they REALLY wanted to be..in the shop. A great day out though , as they slept like logs on the way home!
What a wonderful way to spend a day. The weather was perfect for us, but that didn't matter as it would be okay on a poor day at Eden. It was early in the year when we visited but still plenty to see and do.
Had lunch there and it was very good value for money.
We will be back!
Definitely lived up to expectations and has grown considerably in content since our last visit 9 years ago.
Its excellent, go and have a great day.
Absolutely fabulous. The highspot of our holiday. So much to see and enjoy, will definitely return.
We felt that £20 per adult was a lot to pay, yes there was plenty to see; however, on a wet, cold, windy day walking the outside paths was not great.The two domes well worth seeing, but again not worth £40. We came away saying to each other that we felt the Eden Project to be a great Educational Centre for children, schools and colleges to visit, there were other gardens we visited in Cornwall we felt much better value.
There aren't may concert venues where there are no queues for the loo or the bar! A great venue with staff who actually smile - and if you don't like the band you can always wander around a biome (or two).
The Eden Project really is somewhere very special. Leave loads of time to look around and I would recommend staying for the evening as this is when the place really comes alive. The lighting and scenery in the evening has to been seen to be believed, it’s so beautiful.
A great day out with loads to do for all ages. In winter, skating on the ice rink is great fun and the hot, tropical Biome is a great antedote for the winter blues. There's lots of delicious food to choose from in the cafes and restaurants too.
Fabulous day out
The biomes are amazing, and the educational centre is interesting too. Watch the film on the making of Eden. It's a good couple of hours long but worth it. With ice skating and gigs playing at this exciting venue too it makes a good day out for all the family.
Eden Sessions and Biomes
My trip to The Eden Project was amazing. I visited in the summer to see a band and included in the ticket was access to the rest of the grounds; we went early and took a trip around the Biomes before the gig started. The sound quality from the open-air gig was fantastic, I would definitely recommend going if you get the chance (but remember tickets sell out fast!).
Plants and gigs!
A visit to the Eden Project is a must. The biomes which house the plants from all over the world are amazing! And if you get chance to see a gig then it will be an experience you will not forget - tickets are often sold out!
An Elizabethan manor house with beautiful gardens and many restored rooms to explore inside. Highlights include the ornate fireplaces and ceilings and the traditional orchard containing rare ‘heritage’ varieties of apples and pears.
Trerice by Candlelight
An idea the National Trust should adopt for every area!
Friday nights in March and October Trerice is lit by flickering candles (not real ones obviously, health and safety would have a fit) and open from 6pm. Such a great idea, and very atmospheric. Gardens quite spooky which is good. Highly recommended.
Trerice, National Trust historic house & garden, near Newquay - 5 stars. Fascinating historic house and garden, very visitor friendly (especially for families/children) - not as well known as other NT properties in the area but should not be overlooked!
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