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One of the busiest fishing ports in the country, Newlyn’s large harbour is packed with boats and, despite the frequent setbacks which the industry has to face, there is an atmosphere here of activity and vigour. It is extraordinary to compare the grand 43-acre harbour of today, which largely dates from farsighted works undertaken between 1866 and 1888, with the first tiny pier of the mediaeval port which lies deep and nearly lost within its belly. The name of Newlyn is synonymous with one of the great movements in English art which flourished in the late 19th century. However, not even Stanhope Forbes, the ‘father’ of the Newlyn School, could fully explain its curious magnetism: ‘What lodestone of artistic metal the place contains I know not, but its effects were strongly felt in the studios of Paris and Antwerp, particularly, by a number of young English painters studying there who just about then, by some common impulse, seemed drawn towards this corner of their native land’. The far west of Cornwall is still a great draw and stimulus for artists of all kinds, and their work can be seen at galleries in Newlyn, St Ives and Penzance.


Newquay (Hotels in Newquay Click Here)

Merlin Farm:: Newquay

Newquay is famous for being the most well known resort in Cornwall and highly acclaimed for its surfing. It is named after the "newe kaye" that is believed to have been built here in the 15th Century.

Newquay has 6 fine beaches, Lusty Glaze, Towan, Great Western, Tolcarne, Fistral and Harbour offering the perfect sand and surf conditions for everyone from families wih children to experienced surfers and those wishing to learn. Towan,Tolcarne and Great Western beaches are sheltered, with up to a one mile stretch of sand at low water and explore the rock pools, home to a variety of fascinating marine creatures and discover caves hidden along the magnificent cliffs.

Newquay is the setting for a number of annual surfing championships with the world famous Fistral Beach being the prime location for these events. Experience the full might of the Atlantic Ocean and thrill to the skill of the competitors' as they challenge the elements for mastery of the waves!

Newquay has a commercial centre with all the major facilities including banks, a Post office plus a huge range of pubs and restaurants. In addition to its natural attractions, Newquay has many visitor attractions in or close to the town. There is a wide range of accommodation available.

Merlin Farm, Newquay Tel: 01637 860236 Click here for info

Ashville Hotel - Newquay - 01637 872165
Atlantic Heights Guest House - Newquay - 01637 860605
Bedruthan Steps Hotel - Newquay - 01637 860555
Bethbawden Lodge - Newquay - 01637 830967
Carminow Guest House - Newquay - 01637 879231
Carrek Woth - Newquay - 01637 830530
Cumberland Hotel - Newquay - 01637 873025
Donnybrook Guest House - Newquay - 01637 873806
Fairbank Hotel - Newquay - 01637 830424
Falcon Inn - Newquay - 01637 860225

Godolphin Arms Hotel - Newquay - 01637 872572
Gwel-an-Mor - Newquay - 01637 860437
Harrington Guest House - Newquay - 01637 873581
Highfield Lodge Hotel - Newquay - 01637 830744
Hotel Victoria - Newquay - 01637 872255
Ingleside Hotel - Newquay - 01637 876711
Kenton Hotel - Newquay - 01637 872736
Kirribilli Guest House - Newquay - 01637 875339
Lighthouse Guesthouse - Newquay - 01637 875743
Paradise Cove Hotel - Newquay - 01637 859480

Seawynds - Newquay - 01637 877441
The Airways Hotel - Newquay - 01637 860595
The Anchorage - Newquay - 01637 874264
The Philadelphia - Newquay - 01637 877747
The Pippin Guest House - Newquay - 01637 873979
The White House - Newquay - 01637 860119
Towerside Hotel - Newquay - 01637 873268
Tregurrian Hotel - Newquay - 01637 860280
Trevarrian Lodge Hotel - Newquay - 01637 860156
Trewerry Mill Guest House - Newquay - 01872 510345
Watergate Bay Hotel - Newquay - 01637 860543


Padstow’s development could not have been more different from that of Newquay. It had the railway – the London & South West arrived here from Wadebridge in 1899 (now part of the Camel Trail cycle track) but it did not have the exceptional beaches quite so close at hand. There are lovely beaches nearby, but this is an estuary town and a fishing port more than it will ever be a seaside resort. St Petroc, Cornwall’s chief saint, established a monastery at. The harbour’s first pier was built in the 16th century and Padstow went on to develop as a busy fishing and trading port as well as a centre for ship-owning and ship-building. Today there are still plenty of fishing boats in Padstow, and the town has achieved new fame through Rick Stein’s fabulous Seafood Restaurant Padstow has avoided being swamped by its popularity and this is never more apparent than on May Day each year when the whole town gives itself over to the Obby Oss festival which is still, in essence, almost entirely impenetrable to outsiders.

50 Church Street, Padstow Tel: 01841 532121
Hardown B & B - Padstow - 01841 520356
M.E Dann - Padstow - 01841 532372
Newlands Hotel - Padstow - 01841 520469
Penjoly Cottage Guest House - Padstow - 01841 533535
Polmark Hotel - Padstow - 01841 520206
Roselyn B & B - Padstow - 01841 532756
Sable House - Padstow - 01841 533358
The Cross House Hotel - Padstow - 01841 532391
The London Inn - Padstow - 01841 532554

The Old Custom House - Padstow - 01841 532359
The Old Ship Hotel - Padstow - 01841 532357
Trealaw Guest House - Padstow - 01841 533161
Treglos Hotel - Padstow - 01841 520727
Treyarnon Bay Hotel - Padstow - 01841 520235
Well Parc Hotel - Padstow - 01841 520318
West House, Grenville Rd, Padstow, Tel: 01841 533479
Woodlands Country House Hotel - Padstow


The harbour at Par entirely given over now to the drying and export of china clay. It was built by the fascinating entrepreneur Joseph Thomas Treffry from the 1820s onwards as an outlet for his rich copper mines and granite quarries inland and in due course many industries were established around the harbourside, including smelting, brick-making, ship-building, limeburning and pilchard curing. Much of the Par area was once a tidal estuary which flowed up to St. Blazey but which, by Treffry’s time, had become heavily silted and a sandbank had formed across its mouth. This is now Par Beach, and the old estuary bed has been almost entirely built over. Daphne du Maurier’s novel The House on the Strand contains uncannily clear descriptions of this lost estuarine landscape.

Elmswood House Hotel - Par - 01726 814221
Lanescot House B & B - Par - 01726 815292
Number 3 Guest House - Par - 01726 816112
Par Inn - Par - 01726 813961
Rainbow Cottage - Par - 01726 817651
The Royal Inn - Par - 01726 815601
Treberthan Bed & Breakfast - Par - 01726 817711
Trenython Hotel & Spa - Par - 01726 814797


Pendeen, the centre of what was a rich tin and copper mining area in the 19th century, is on the spectacular coast road from St Ives to St Just. Geevor, the last working mine in the far west, closed in 1991 and is now a museum. Just along the coast at Levant, volunteers from the Trevithick Society maintain and run under steam the oldest beam engine in Cornwall in its stout little engine house on the cliff edge, now owned by the National Trust. The handsome lighthouse on the headland to the northeast known as Pendeen Watch was built in 1900.


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