Discover Newquay with megabus
Newquay: top 3 things to do
1. Learn to surf
As the surf centre of Europe, Newquay is the perfect place to master the craft. Newquay Watersports Centre has a team of experienced instructors who’ll show you the ropes, starting off in the sheltered harbour. They also hire out wetsuits and surfboards, so you’ll be all kitted out.
2. Visit Newquay Zoo
From penguins and pandas, to big cats and zebras, Newquay Zoo is full of familiar faces. In fact, there are more than 130 species to spot. Set in Trenance Gardens, the zoo is also home to a Tropical House full of reptiles and snakes. And make sure you hit the Tarzan Trail, where monkeys and meerkats mingle.
3. Discover Blue Reef Aquarium
On Newquay’s main beachfront you’ll find Blue Reef Aquarium. It’s teeming with creatures like giant loggerhead turtles, reef sharks and jellyfish. Head through the underwater tunnel and you’ll be surrounded by some of the ocean’s most colourful characters. It’s open all year round.
Newquay: getting around
Getting to Newquay with megabus couldn’t be simpler. Book a coach to Cornwall and you can expect added extras like free WiFi to keep you connected on your journey. There’s also a 20kg luggage allowance for all your essentials. To find out more, check out our onboard facilities page.
Newquay is an easy town to get to know. Since it’s pretty compact, you’ll be able to walk to all the main attractions, restaurants and shops. Or, if you prefer to take the bus, there are plenty of services around town, and further afield to places like Truro and Padstow.
The tropical biomes of the Eden Project in St Austell are definitely worth a visit while you’re in this part of the country. Take the train and you’ll be there in less than two hours.
Cornwall Airport Newquay is a 20-minute bus ride away from the town centre. From here, you can fly over to the Isles of Scilly, which has beaches that can rival any in the world.
Newquay: best for nightlife
Newquay is dubbed the ‘party capital of Cornwall’, so you can expect an epic night out. Start your evening in one of the coastal pubs that serve up real ale with a sea view. The Red Lion Inn overlooking the harbour fits the bill perfectly. There are a handful of venues that transform from restaurants or pubs by day, into clubs by night, for those who prefer to stay in one place. Chy Bar & Kitchen morphs into Koola Nightclub, which plays house, hip-hop and drum ‘n’ bass until 4.30am. Sailor’s Arms on Fore Street is another pub-come-club that always draws a party-loving crowd. If you’re looking for a more chilled-out evening, order some fresh seafood at one of Newquay’s many waterfront restaurants and watch the world drift by.
Newquay: best for shopping
As you’d expect from a tourist beach town, there’s a strong contingent of independent shops in Newquay where you can pick up knick-knacks and one-of-a-kind gifts. Manor Road – right by the bus station – is your best bet, along with the streets heading north towards The Crescent.
Bank Street is the place for household names like Boots and New Look. Meanwhile, Fore Street makes the most of its proximity to the beach. It offers up a slew of surfing gear shops where you can buy wetsuits and hoodies galore. There are plenty of stores that hire out surfboards, too, if you want to try before you buy.
Newquay for free: our top 3
1. Hit the beach
Newquay boasts 11 sandy beaches within easy reach of the town centre. Fistral Beach is the biggest and most well known – it’s also where the main surfing events take place. Towan Beach is closest to the town, while Tolcarne Beach is an Instagrammer’s dream, with its brightly coloured beach huts.
2. Explore Newquay Harbour
For a real taste of Cornish life – along with a pasty or two – make sure you head down to Newquay Harbour. This pretty pocket of the town has its own beach. Or, watch the local fishermen unload the catch of the day from one of the harbourside pubs. Visit in mid-September for the famous Newquay Fish Festival.
3. Walk the South West Coast Path
If you want to blow away the cobwebs, grab some walking shoes and hit the South West Coast Path. It runs all around Newquay, taking in the breathtaking views of the Cornish coast. Look closely and you might even spy dolphins, whales and basking sharks out in the ocean.
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