Discover exciting tales of shipwrecks and lives shaped by the sea whilst exploring the historical landmarks of Newquay.
Unlock the secrets of Newquay’s past, learn more about the town’s wildlife and explore the town without a car on the town’s Discovery Trail. Signs located in most of the car parks will help you on your way, and Discovery Maps are available from the Tourist Information Centre on Marcus Hill for £1.95. The Harbour Newquay’s fishing industry dates back to the time of Elizabeth I. Visitors can explore the harbour’s unusual features including the tunnel through which a train once transported fresh catch off to the rest of the country. You can also visit the Lifeboat Station, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014.
Originally built in the 18th Century, these once derelict cottages have been restored to their former glory, providing an enchanting insight into Newquay’s past. Located in the popular Trenance Gardens, the cottages are a five-minute stroll from the town centre. With beautiful landscapes, a wide array of flora and fauna and a delightful tea room, plus much more, a trip to Trenance is not to be missed.
Housing an attractive and unusual series of regularly changing displays, Newquay Museum is an excellent place to start your exploration of the town’s history. Volunteers are on hand to guide you and answer questions. You can purchase a copy of Sheila Harpers’ popular book, Newquay Through Time, for only £12.
Opening times: Wednesday 10am -3pm, Thursday & Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm and Saturday 10am – 12 noon.
Situated on Towan headland, overlooking Newquay Bay is the newly restored Huer’s Hut; highlighting Newquay’s fishing past. The hut would be manned by a Huer, who would look out to sea all day, looking for shoals of fish. Once the fish appeared, the Huer would shout Heva, Heva’ through a trumpet-like instrument to alert the fishermen of the shoals arrival. Explore the coast with a walk across the headland, and take in the wonderful views from the Hut.