Newquay is undoubtedly the UK’s surf capital and the coastal town has an abundance of things to do, places to see and culture to immerse yourself in. Newquay truly became a surf resort from the 1920s onwards but the surfing explosion in the town really began during the 60s. Surf culture was introduced with the arrival of a group of Australian lifeguards who made Newquay their home in 1962. The Aussie surfing quartet became local celebrities and established the town’s first surfboard in the early 1970s. The boom in surfing continued into the 1980s and beyond. Today’s surfers can choose from nine different beaches at Newquay to ride the world-famous waves. Many of the beaches have surf schools and surf equipment hire outlets. There are surfing competitions and festivals throughout the summer.
Recently voted the top seaside resort for Brits considering a holiday at home, Newquay has a rich history awash with Cornish tradition, folklore and culture. It is a wonderful holiday destination for families. The town welcomes visitors from far and wide every year. In the summer around 100,000 tourists swell the local population of 20,000 inhabitants.
Miles of golden sand, stunning routes along the coast and ocean activities mean that much of what Newquay has to offer centres around the sea. But there’s plenty to do inland too and Newquay is a small enough town to explore easily on foot.
Newquay is located on the north coast of the county of Cornwall in the United Kingdom. The postcode for the area is TR7 and coordinates for Newquay, Cornwall are: 50.4155° N, 5.0737° W
There are currently 17 locations which operate direct flights in and out of Newquay, Cornwall. These are: London Heathrow, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Teeside, Faro, Alicante, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Jersey, Guernsey, Isles Of Scilly, Cork and Copenhagen.
In a straight line it is 228 miles between London and Newquay. By road it is 258 miles and it will take approximately 4 hours 45 minutes by car. You can fly between London Heathrow and Newquay airport and this takes an average of 1 hour 10 minutes. The average train journey time between Newquay and London is 5 hours 7 minutes.
In a straight line the distance between Newquay Airport and Newquay Town Centre is 4 miles. By road it is 5.7 miles and will take approximately 15 minutes by car. There is a bus service that runs between Newquay and Padstow that stops at the airport, this is the number 56. You can also take a taxi, this will cost around £15.00.
In a straight line it is 16 miles between Newquay and Port Isaac. The distance by road is 24 miles and it will take approximately 40 minutes to travel by car. You can travel via bus, however it will take 3 hours 30 minutes on average and involve multiple changes. A taxi between Newquay airport and Port Isaac will cost in the region of £50.00.
In a direct line it is 23 miles between Newquay and St Ives, however by road it is approximately 31 miles and will take around 45 minutes by car. A taxi will cost roughly £60.00 from Newquay airport to St Ives and it is possible to get by train, however it will take around 3 hours and involve multiple changes.
Thanks to the Gulf Stream current, Cornwall has the sunniest climate in Britain, as well as the mildest, making Newquay a wonderful base for a summer holiday.