Newquay, in Cornwall, is a popular surfing destination with a long history as a seaside resort and fishing port. The town benefits from a direct rail service from London Paddington and also has its own airport, Newquay Cornwall Airport.
Newquay Cornwall Airport
In recent years, Newquay has become one of the most popular destinations for stag and hen nights in the UK. However, its history stretches back to the Iron Age; the remains of an Iron Age fort have been found in the Newquay area.
For many centuries, Newquay was a fishing village with an enviable natural harbour. However, the development of a national rail network in the 19th century was one of the main catalysts for the growth of the seaside resort. In Newquay’s case, passenger trains arrived in 1876 and the village started to become a town. By the turn of the century, several hotels had been constructed and Newquay was on the way to becoming the town of 20,000 people it is today.
Unlike many locations, Newquay remains well connected by rail. A direct service runs from London Paddington to Newquay and seasonal services also run to the West Midlands and north of England. Road connections are as good as they can be for Cornwall – Newquay is close to the A30, the main road through north Cornwall.
The town’s main attractions for visitors are its great beaches, excellent surfing conditions and relentless nightlife – although fishing does still play a role, it is much less important than it once was.
Van hire in Newquay is readily available – a full selection of rental vans should be available with pre-booking: