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Newquay

A vibrant holiday resort on the north coast of Cornwall, Newquay became popular for its laidback surfing culture combined with a raucous party life. However, while the centre of town still attracts beer-swilling tourists (especially stags and hens), the surf beaches and pristine coastline have won Newquay its more salubrious, present-day status as a chic destination for active types, families and weekend breakers seeking stylish accommodation, excellent restaurants (including Jamie Oliver's Fifteen) and all manner of water sports. With flights landing just minutes from the beaches, you can be in the waves just hours after leaving London. And with more than 10 beaches to choose from, Newquay’s got the perfect patch of sand for everyone, whether it’s families that congregate on Towan, the dog walkers who love the wide open space of Crantock or the adventure seekers who head for Watergate Bay and Lusty Glaze.

History

First of all there is no ‘new quay’ in town as the name suggests – in fact, the harbour has been here since around 1493. Newquay’s historic fishing port thrived on the local pilchard industry until the late 18th century, when its harbour was eventually expanded to export china clay transported from pits around St Austell. When the new railway was built to carry shipments from the pits to the harbour, the trains brought not only goods for export but a stream of visitors as well. And by Victorian times Newquay was well established as popular holiday resort, with its rugged coast, pearly beaches and rolling waves pulling in the crowds much as they still do today.

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Newquay

Laid back charm, chilled-out cafés and stylish bars at this sunny surfer town.
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