Newquay is the perfect playground for your stay in Cornwall. There are dozens of sandy beaches on your doorstep and nightlife for every taste. So whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, or prefer a quieter, slower pace, Great Western in the heart of Newquay, makes a great base. 


With several golden sandy beaches in walking distance, you could visit a different one each day! Surf at the ever popular Fistral, get active at Lusty Glaze, or walk from great Western right the way to Newquay Harbour at low tide. And all the beaches in Newquay are dog friendly, making it perfect for bringing Rover too. 


No holiday in Newquay would be complete without trying your hand at the local pastime. There are plenty of local surf schools who can get you kitted out and take you for a lesson at the best spots. 


For a different adrenaline rush, why not try a spot of coasteering. It certainly makes for a different way to explore the dramatic, rocky coastline. Discover old smugglers caves, whirlpools and cliff jumps, all whilst keeping your eyes peeled for seals and dolphins. 

The South West Coast Path

Great Western is right on the South West Coast path, giving you access to miles and miles of spectacular coast path and stunning scenery, perfect for a walking holiday.

Swashbuckle with some pirates

Journey back in time 300 years to the golden age of piracy and come face to face with buccaneers, mermaids and smugglers at Pirate’s Quest. This walk-through voyage comes with live actors to bring Cornwall’s more colourful history to life. Well worth a family visit. 

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Newquay Zoo

Meet over 130 rare and exciting species, from armadillos to zebras at Newquay Zoo, which is just a few minutes from Great Western. You can even feed the lemurs and meet the friendly penguins! There are plenty of activity trails, a play area and even a dragon maze to tire the little ones out! 

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Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Nestling in a wonderfully scenic valley, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway has something for all the family, including Rover. Ride the famous steam trains, play a round crazy golf, canoe on the beautiful boating lake and explore one of their several nature trails. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome too. 

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For an altogether more peaceful day out, this stunning Elizabethan manor house provides an oasis of calm just a short drive from Newquay. Explore the interior that has changed little since Tudor times, or wander the tranquil gardens. 

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