About Tolcarne Newquay

A popular privately owned beach with a wide range of facilities that is close to the centre of Newquay.

TR7 2QN - See the Newquay overview for access and parking details. It can easily be reached from the shopping centre by walking along East Street (which becomes Cliff Road) to Narrowcliff (about 850m). Opposite the Cliffdene Hotel is a flight of steps down to the beach. Alternatively opposite the Hotel Bristol and the next to the grassy area known as The Barrowdfields is an access road that winds its way down the side of the cliff to the beach.

It is a fine medium sized sandy beach backed by high cliffs. At high water there is a good area of sand some 200m long and on average 50m wide backed by all the facilities. As the tide recedes past Tolcarne Point to the west and Criggars to the east a vast area of flat sand is exposed joining up with Great Western Beach and Lusty Glaze.

There is no safety/rescue equipment except when RNLI Lifeguards are on duty from the end of May until the end of September and operate a designated bathing and watersports areas.

Details are shown in the overview for Newquay.

Dogs are allowed out of season but are not permitted from the end of May until the end of September.

There are toilets at the westerly end of the beach and at the top of the access road. Facilities adjacent to the beach include a cafe, beach shop, restaurant, watersports equipment hire and the hire of beach huts, windbreaks and sun loungers. There is a small crazy golf course and a ‘lost child’ centre. 

Water quality is excellent. The beach is cleaned twice daily in summer. It is a fairly sheltered beach that is good for families resulting in it being very crowded in high summer; the cliffs tend to shade parts of the beach later in the day. The rows of beach huts are very much a feature.