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Towan Beach In Newquay – A Complete Guide

Towan Beach in Newquay lies at the heart of this seaside town and its iconic view takes your breath away as you approach. Here’s all the information for visiting.

How To Get To Towan Beach

Towan Beach is the most central of the Newquay beaches, lying directly below Killacourt, a large community space in the centre of Newquay.

Just a 10 minute walk from Newquay Train Station, the beach is not the largest, but definitely one of the prettiest we saw in Newquay.

Newquay town itself is easily walkable. However, we recommend renting a car for your entire Newquay trip. That way you can explore the whole region at ease.

Parking is available in town with less than a 10 minute walk down a steep hill to the beach.

Towan Beach Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Towan Beach.

Towan Beach Opening Times

Towan Beach is accessible all day, every day.

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Walking down to Towan Beach from Killacourt

Best Time To Visit Towan Beach

As with any beach if wanting to enjoy the normal beach activities then the warmer summer months are the best time to visit.

However, this beach does get very busy during peak season so, if you want to avoid the crowds, you need to be there well before 10am or later in the day before sunset.

Please be aware though that the lifeguard cover on Towan Beach runs 7 days a week from the end of April until just before the end of September, between the hours of 10am – 6pm.

Therefore, if you would like this service available when you visit the beach make sure you go between these times. (Lifeguard cover is also available some weekends and bank holidays.)

The views are stunning, especially at sunset so don’t forget your camera.

Dogs are allowed all year round.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel


Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

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The Island at Towan Beach Newquay

What To Expect At Towan Beach

Towan Beach is a flat, pretty, sandy beach nestled between Newquay Harbour and Great Western Beach.

Easily accessible via a sloping hill from the main town, most people find themselves arriving at Towan Beach via the Killacourt area.

A lovely grassy area with benches that overlook Towan Beach, Killacourt gives amazing views across to ‘The Island’, one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks, and beyond.

The Island, is what makes Towan Beach so recognisable. Linked to the mainland cliff by a 90ft suspension bridge, it was formerly the residence of the famous scientist Sir Oliver Lodge.

Nowadays it is available to hire as a holiday home. Surrounded by water when the tide is in, it’s one of the most impressive beach houses we’ve ever seen!

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Down to the beach early one morning

The Beach Itself

Towan Beach is sheltered from the Atlantic swells by Towan Head. With its calmer waters it is a good choice for novice surfers and swimmers and is popular with families and people looking to enjoy the sea safely.

With flat, golden sands and clear blue water this a perfect beach for lots of different activities. There are also caves to explore and rock pools to investigate for those that don’t fancy getting too wet!

Plus, if you visit at low tide you’ll be able to visit the neighbouring Newquay beaches of Great Western and Tolcarne, as it becomes one huge sandy strip stretching over 2 miles.

Located on the beach is the popular Newquay Activity Centre that offers surfing lessons, coasteering, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, bodyboarding and more. 

There are other facilities on Towan Beach including a cafe, public toilets and chalets for rent. Sand chairs are also available to hire, from the Aquarium for £5 per day.

Surrounding Towan Beach are lots of shops including gift shops, coffee bars, fish and chip shops and tasty pasty shops.

In addition, located right by the beach is the Blue Reef Aquarium which is a popular attraction for young and old.

You also conveniently have all the different Newquay town shops and eateries only a short walk away from this beach, so don’t worry if it rains in Newquay.

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A few surfers in the pretty calm waters
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Lauren enjoying the colourful beach huts
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The cute little bakery located on the beach front
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Stunning views overlooking Towan Beach from the west side of the bay

Where To Stay In Newquay


The Headland Hotel and Spa

Overlooking Fistral Beach, this stylish Victorian hotel features a spa, surf school, golf course and a sea-view terrace.

The spacious 4-star bedrooms have free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. All rooms feature a cosy seating area, work desk and a modern bathroom. 

The leisure facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools. While the spa includes a steam room, sauna, and hot tub.

Guests can also work out in the fully equipped gym. There are two restaurants on site, where guests can choose between a candlelit restaurant or a beach view terrace.

Afternoon teas are available, and the hotel is a 10-minute walk from Newquay centre. 


Carnmarth Hotel

The Carnmarth Hotel boasts sea views overlooking Fistral Beach.

The hotel is within a 10-minute walk from Newquay town centre. 

Some bedrooms offer views of the sea, and each room has an en-suite shower and a flat-screen TV. 

The C-view bar and terrace serves coffees and cocktails, where guests are able to watch sunset over the Atlantic sea.

Newquay coach station is just 0.6 miles from Carnmarth Hotel, while Newquay railway station is 1 miles away.


Legacy Hotel Victoria

Boasting a majestic location on the cliffs of Newquay looking out over the bay, this hotel has both English and Mexican restaurants and an indoor pool with sea views

The shops of Newquay’s centre are less than 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

All rooms feature satellite TV, and guests can enjoy free tea and coffee in the room. There’s a private bathroom, and many rooms boast lovely sea views. 

There’s a sauna, heated pool and a spa bath for guests to relax in. Guests can also exercise in the small gym.

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