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The pretty little fishing port of Newquay, with a population of around 20,000, bursts into life when the sun and warm weather arrive in this part of Great Britain every summer.

Why go?

And with the sunshine comes the people, as the population swells to beyond 100,000 between May and September...

Don't worry; the town can cope with this influx of visitors as there's a huge range of Newquay hotels, self-catering holiday parks, B&Bs, holiday rentals and camping opportunities.

If you're not sure what Newquay is all about, simply check out the shops in the party and surfing capital of Cornwall: you'll find buckets and spades for the kids; designer surf togs for those who get their kicks on the swells; delicious local produce from the surrounding countryside; and pointless but pretty souvenirs - typical of any holiday destination in England.

Newquay is known for its stunning string of beaches, including surfing paradise Fistral Beach, Crantock Beach, Great Western Beach, Towan Beach, Lusty Glaze Beach, Tolcarne Beach, Whipsiderry Beach and Watergate Bay, where you can whet your appetite at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, only one of a great selection of quality restaurants around Newquay.

The town is also known for surfing, sunsets and a thriving social scene, with bars, pubs and clubs aplenty. But hotels in Newquay also cater for an upmarket crowd, though it's not quite in the same league as posh Padstow, 30 minutes up the road.

To find your ideal Newquay accommodation, simply search on TravelSupermarket and compare a range of deals.

Where to stay?

From budget lodgings to boutique breaks, Newquay caters for every type of visitor on any sized budget...

Newquay features a fine array of top-class luxury hotels, ranging from modern, boutique-style pads on the beach, to grand old resort hotels of the past and fantastic spa hotels. There's also a great supply of mid-range accommodation in former coaching inns, family-run villas and chain hotels that might be bland but offer everything needed during a short break.

At the budget-hotels end of the market, there are quite a few options, with converted homes providing many of the cheaper rooms in town.
If you're looking for well-known names in Newquay, you'll struggle. Other than Premier Inn and Travelodge, the only other major name in town is Best Western. All other hotels are locally run and managed.

You might be required to book Newquay hotels for at least two nights during summer weekends and Bank Holidays. You're most likely to find really cheap hotels in Newquay when you visit at either end of the peak summer season, outside of school holiday dates or during winter.

What to see?

From your Newquay hotel you can simply amble around town and enjoy terrific sights, sounds and experiences (and taste a Cornish pasty, too!)...

Top five attractions

The white-sand beaches of Newquay are the undeniable draw for many to this lovely stretch of English coastline. Pound the surf, swim in the shallows with kids or simply lounge and enjoy an ice-cream.

Tunnels through Time
Cornish history is alive with folklore and legend, and this museum brings the tales to life - perfect for a rainy day.

Newquay Zoo
Open every day except Christmas Day, this family attraction will have kids begging to leave the beach to see the animals.

Blue Reef Aquarium
See the creatures of local seas, as well as more exotic species in another perfect rainy-day destination. Book online in advance to save money.

Trenance Gardens and Boating Lake
It's tempting to hit the beach every time the sun shines, but consider Trenance, too; this beautiful town park is the place to pack a picnic, spot local wildlife and hire a boat.

What's on?

With a natural focus on life by the sea, the annual calendar in Newquay is brimming with fun events for all the family...


English National Surf Championships;
May: Fistral Beach is the place to be to catch surf legends in action on Newquay's waves. If you get the surfing bug, hire a coach in Newquay to teach you the basics.

Run to the Sun Festival; May: VW enthusiasts arrive in their droves in their shiny Beetles and campers for this town-wide party, which thousands attend.

Newquay Fish Festival; September: The taste of the sea is celebrated in the harbour in late summer, with lots of samples to try.