Great Western, Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2NE

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Sun, Sea, Sand and Surf

Fistral beach in Newquay
Fistral Beach, Newquay


Newquay is the perfect playground for your stay in Cornwall. With dozens of sandy beaches on your doorstep and a vibrant nightlife, there’s plenty to keep you busy from sun up to sundown and beyond.

So whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking the thrill of the surf, or prefer a slower pace quietly roaming the golden coastline, the Great Western Hotel provides a perfect base from which to enjoy all that this eclectic patch of the county has to offer.


Newquay is synonymous with surfing. It’s a way of life here that’s celebrated by locals and visitors alike. There’s no reason not to get involved either, with plenty of local surf schools on hand to get you kitted out and carving the waves in no time. 

Summer brings the annual Boardmasters Festival. While in part a popular music festival that attracts global artists, it is also the UK’s most high-profile surfing event. Thousands flock to witness elite athletes demonstrate their surf skills to the backdrop of great live music.

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Woman looking up ready to climb a cliff


For a different kind of adrenaline rush, why not try a spot of coasteering? It certainly makes for a different way to explore and immerse yourself in the dramatic, rocky coastline and its wildlife. 

Discover old smugglers’ caves, whirlpools and cliff jumps, all while keeping your eyes peeled for seals and dolphins.

The South West Coast Path

The Great Western sits right on the South West Coast path, giving you access to miles and miles of breath-taking scenery. It’s an ideal base camp for walkers looking to explore the north coast.

Being exposed to the Atlantic ocean makes for compelling seascapes that evolve with the seasons. Our coastline is an ever-changing vista, so you can expect the spectacular colours and temperament of the ocean to morph each day, and sometimes by the hour!


View of Pentire beach from the coast path
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Swashbuckle with some pirates

Journey back in time 300 years to the golden age of piracy. At Pirate’s Quest, you’ll come face to face with buccaneers, mermaids, and smugglers. This captivating walk-through voyage features live actors that bring Cornwall’s more colourful history to life. It’s a must for family holidays.


Newquay Zoo

Come face to face with over 130 rare and beautiful species. From armadillos to zebras, Newquay Zoo has some truly impressive residents. You can even feed the lemurs and get to know the penguins!

There's lots to see and do, along with two play areas to tire the little ones out. It’s all just a few minutes from the Great Western’s front door.


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Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Nestling in wonderfully scenic countryside on the outskirts of Newquay, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway has something for all the family, including Rover. Enter into a world of nostalgia as you ride the famous steam trains along one of the oldest railway tracks in Cornwall, passing remnants of the area’s rich mining heritage. 

It’s not all about trains. From a canoeing lake and crazy golf course to an indoor play area and plenty of nature trails and woodland walks, the 35-acre site offers plenty of fun-filled activities for families to make a day of it. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome too.


This stunning Elizabethan manor house provides an oasis of calm that’s just a short drive from the buzz of Newquay’s town centre. Trerice has remained relatively untouched by changing building fashions over the centuries and stands as a proud time capsule overlooking its equally elegant gardens. A true Cornish gem, step back to the Tudor times and bask in open parklands for an altogether more peaceful day out.


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Trerice House