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Newquay - Tolcarne Beach

Newquay, Cornwall

The beach is formed by a large expanse of sand backed by cliffs in a crescent shaped bay. It is popular with surfers, swimmers and families.

Beach Type



First aid post
Lost child centre
Beach shop
Surf school - hire and lessons
Beach huts for hire


Snorkelling and fishing
There is zoning for water sports and a surf school
Surf boards are available for hire at the beach

Nature and Wildlife

There are cliff walks in the area and very good rock pools at the beach.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned twice a day and there are litter bins.


Dogs are not allowed.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Newquay Tourist Information Centre Municipal Offices Marcus Hill Newquay TR7 1BD Tel: 01637 854020 Fax: 01637 854030 OPENING TIMES: IN SEASON: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm. OUT OF SEASON: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.


Nearest town: Newquay
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.418, -5.07192
Postcode: TR7 2QN
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Newquay, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


Newquay is accessed from the A392 or the A3075. There is plenty of parking in the town and access to the beach is by steps or via a sloping access road.

Public Transport

There is a train station in Newquay and a bus stop at the top of the beach. Bus routes 501, 510, 521, 527, 556, 585, 586, 587, 597

Nearest Railway Stations

Newquay (Less than a mile away)
Quintrell Downs (Approx. 2 miles away)
St Columb Road (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is no car park but there is plenty of free roadside parking available.

Nearby Car Parks

Albany Road, Newquay (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Newquay Station, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Oakleigh Terrace, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Trenance, Newquay (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Lusty Glaze, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
The Manor, Newquay (Short stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Harbour, Newquay (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Fore Street, Newquay (Short stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Mount Wise, Newquay (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Porth Beach, Newquay (Long stay).
About 0.8 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Newquay