If you’re looking for ideas for day trips from Newquay, you’re in the right place.

Exploring Kernow is an absolute dream. Wary about going overboard on our excitement of places to explore on day trips from Newquay we have put a shortlist of 4 of our top day trips from Newquay together. Whether you are after picturesque countryside or seeking the horizon, there’s something for everyone just a short drive away from Newquay.


35 minute drive from Newquay

Padstow is renowned for its picturesque fishing port and vibrant food scene. With Rick Stein putting Padstow on the map you can enjoy a meal at his iconic Seafood Restaurant or enjoy exploring one of the other many food outlets. If you’re planning a trip to Padstow, here’s a list of things to see and do while you’re there.

  1. Padstow Harbour – The harbour is the heart of Padstow. It is a bustling port where you can watch boats come and go for fishing trips.
  2. Seven Bays – This is a series of bays, each with its own unique charm. You can walk along the sandy beaches, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning views.
  3. Camel Trail – The Camel Trail is a 17-mile trail that follows the River Camel. You can cycle or walk along the trail and take in the stunning views of the Cornish countryside. It’s a great way to explore the area.


A 55-minute drive from Newquay

Located on the south coast of Cornwall, Falmouth is a picturesque seaside town. Here are a few reasons why you should add Falmouth to your travel list:

  1. Beaches: Falmouth boasts of some beautiful beaches, generally with different conditions to those you will have in Newquay.
  2. History: Falmouth has a rich maritime history that dates to the seventeenth century. You can explore the town’s fascinating past at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Pendennis Castle, and St. Mawes Castle. These historic landmarks offer a unique glimpse into the town’s long-standing tradition of seafaring, trade, and naval defence.
  3. Food and drink: Falmouth is a foodie’s paradise that offers plenty of eating and drinking options. From traditional British pubs to chic cafes, seafood shacks to Michelin-starred eateries, Falmouth has something to suit all tastes and budgets. You can try seafood specialities, local ales, and fine wines while enjoying the stunning views of the harbour.
  4. Outdoor activities: Falmouth is surrounded by some of Cornwall’s most spectacular natural scenery, with the world’s third deepest natural harbour, from rugged cliffs and rolling hills to lush gardens and hidden coves. You can explore the town and its surroundings or gardens by hiking, biking, sailing, or kayaking. You can also take a boat trip to the nearby towns such as St Mawes.


50 minutes drive from Newquay

Hayle is a beautiful and small town located in the west of Cornwall. The town offers a unique blend of natural beauty.

  1. Wildlife: Hayle and its surrounding area are inhabited by a variety of animals at different times throughout the year such as seals, dolphins, and seabirds.
  2. Great views: Hayle is home to some of the picturesque. At low tide, the beach stretches 3 miles from Hayle to Godrevy.
  3. Food & drink: Hayle has a lot of cafes, restaurants, and pubs to offer. The home of the famous Philp’s Pasty and Mr. B’s Ice-cream or unwind with a brilliant view across the estuary at Birdie’s Bistro.


75 minutes drive from Newquay

Penzance is known for its stunning scenery, as well as its art and cultural scene. Here are some reasons to consider visiting this unique and lovely destination:

  1. Beautiful coastal scenery: Penzance is located on the stunning south coast of Cornwall, with clear blue waters and sandy beaches. There are easy and accessible walks along the boardwalk towards Newlyn or looking across to St Michael’s Mount.
  2. Cultural heritage: Penzance has a rich history, which is visible in its many historic buildings and stately homes. The town is also known for its art scene, with several galleries and museums alongside gardens to visit.
  3. Jubilee Pool: Here you will find the UK’s largest art deco sea lido and geothermal pool.