Top 3 Day Trips from Newquay: Explore Cornwall’s Best Attractions

Panoramic view of Newquay Beach with turquoise waters and sandy shores, under a clear blue sky.
Discover the beauty of Newquay's coastline, perfect for beach lovers and surf enthusiasts alike.

Discover the Best Day Trips from Newquay

Welcome to Newquay, a beautiful coastal town in Cornwall renowned for its stunning beaches, vibrant surf culture, and picturesque landscapes. Nestled on the Atlantic coast, Newquay offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and charming local culture. Whether you’re here for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, you’ll find no shortage of activities and sights to enjoy.

Newquay is not just a destination; it’s a gateway to some of Cornwall’s most captivating attractions. From breathtaking coastal walks to quaint fishing villages, there’s something for everyone to explore. To help you make the most of your visit, we’ve put together three fantastic day trips from Newquay, tailored to different modes of transportation. 

Whether you prefer the convenience of public transport, the comfort of staying local, or the freedom of exploring by car, these day trips promise to deliver memorable experiences. Each itinerary is crafted to ensure you can enjoy the best of what this stunning region has to offer, regardless of your travel preferences. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to uncover the hidden gems in and around Newquay. No matter how you choose to explore, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure in one of England’s most enchanting regions.

Day Trips from Newquay to Padstow by Public Transport

showcasing day trips from Newquay to Padstow in Cornwall. Padstow Harbour is shown.

Explore Padstow with the Atlantic Coaster

Padstow is a charming fishing port that you can easily reach by the Atlantic Coaster, an open-top bus that makes the journey exciting and scenic. It’s not too far away and easy to get to making it a perfect day trip from Newquay.

  1. Getting There: Hop on the Atlantic Coaster bus from Newquay to Padstow. You can catch the bus from either the bus station or outside The Great Western Hotel. The journey offers stunning coastal views and takes about an hour. Sit on the top deck to fully enjoy the panoramic views of the rugged coastline and quaint villages along the way.
  2. Morning: Start your day with a visit to the Padstow Harbour, where you can watch the fishing boats and perhaps enjoy a boat trip around the bay with Padstow Sealife Safari’s. The harbour is bustling with activity and provides a perfect backdrop for some lovely holiday photos.
  3. Afternoon: Wander through the narrow streets filled with independent shops and galleries. Padstow is known for its artisanal goods, so take the time to explore and perhaps pick up some unique souvenirs. Or why not explore the beautiful Camel Trail, a traffic-free cycle and walking route. Rent a bike and enjoy the scenic views along the estuary. The trail is flat and accessible, making it a pleasant ride for all ages and abilities. For lunch, try some fresh fish and chips from Rick Stein’s famous fish shop. The seafood here is some of the best in the region, freshly caught and expertly prepared.

  4. Evening: As the day winds down, you have two options:
  • Option 1: Enjoy an early dinner in Padstow and catch the last Atlantic Coaster bus back to Newquay, which leaves at 5:20 PM.
  • Option 2: Stay a bit longer to soak in more of Padstow’s charm and take a taxi back to Newquay. The taxi fare is approximately £25-£30, allowing you more flexibility with your evening plans.

Reflect on the beautiful sights you’ve seen as you return to Newquay, whether by bus or taxi.

Explore the Best Attractions in Newquay

Discover Local Gems in Newquay

If you prefer to stay local, Newquay itself has plenty to offer. Spend a day exploring its top attractions and some of our favourite spots.

  1. Morning: Begin with a visit to the Newquay Zoo, home to a variety of animals and engaging exhibits. The zoo is set in lush tropical gardens and provides a wonderful way to learn about wildlife conservation. It’s a great spot for families and animal lovers alike, with opportunities to see lions, red pandas, and a diverse array of other species.

  2. Afternoon: Head to the beach for a surf lesson with the Newquay Activity Centre. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a beginner, their instructors will ensure you have a fantastic time catching waves. The center offers tailored lessons and high-quality equipment, so you’re guaranteed to have a safe and enjoyable experience in the water. Bookings can be made in advance but can also usually be made on the day.

  3. Evening: Finish your day with a round of mini golf at Rosa, a new Italian restaurant that offers both dining and entertainment. The mini golf course is creatively designed and fun for all ages. After your game, enjoy a delicious Italian meal. Rosa’s menu features a variety of authentic dishes, from wood-fired pizzas to homemade pastas, making it a perfect end to a fun-filled day.

Day Trips from Newquay to the Eden Project by Car

Day trips from Newquay to the Eden Project. Exterior view of the Eden Project biomes, showcasing diverse plants under a transparent roof.

Visit the Iconic Eden Project

For those with access to a car, a visit to the Eden Project is a must. This iconic attraction is located about a 45-minute drive from Newquay and offers an unforgettable experience.

  1. Morning: Arrive early to make the most of your visit. The Eden Project is home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Wander through the Biomes, marveling at the diverse plant life from different climates. Each biome recreates a natural environment, from the steamy rainforests of South America to the arid deserts of Africa, providing a fascinating educational experience.

  2. Afternoon: Enjoy lunch at one of the on-site cafes, where you can savor dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. The cafes pride themselves on sustainability and quality, offering a range of healthy and delicious options. After lunch, explore the nearby Lost Gardens of Heligan, a serene walk through beautifully restored gardens. These gardens are one of the most mysterious and magical estates in England, offering a peaceful and reflective end to your day at the Eden Project.

  3. Evening: Head back to Newquay for dinner at The Boathouse – Street Food on the Beach. Set up next to the harbour, it has become a hub for many different independently owned pop up restaurants.  Enjoy a variety of options, including locally sourced seafood, tacos, curries, flatbreads and pizza. For dessert you can pick between fresh donuts, ice cream or a selection of waffles.  while overlooking the picturesque views of the harbour.

No matter how you choose to explore Cornwall, each of these day trips from Newquay offers something unique and memorable. Whether you’re hopping on an open-top bus, staying local, or driving to a world-renowned attraction, you’re sure to have an incredible experience. From the charming streets of Padstow to the exciting surf of Newquay’s beaches, and the awe-inspiring biomes of the Eden Project, there’s an adventure waiting for everyone.

So pack your bags, plan your day, and get ready to discover the beauty of Cornwall. Each trip promises not only fun and adventure but also a chance to create lasting memories. Happy travels, and enjoy your time in this stunning corner of the world! Don’t forget to book your stay with us now!

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