Nearby Penzance has lots of attractions (shops, art galleries, museum, restaurants, sub-tropical gardens etc) and a lively holiday atmosphere, especially in summer. It is only 30 mins walk along the seafront (or a 10 min car ride) from Newlyn. The Scilly Isles are an easy day trip by helicopter or (on Saturdays) by boat. St.Ives (3 beaches, Tate Gallery, narrow streets, artists and crafts) can be reached by car (or bus) within half an hour and St. Michael’s Mount and Marazion is only 15 mins away.
The coastal walking in West Penwith, from Newlyn right around Lands End to St.Ives, is superb while the inland moors have a magic all of their own. Newlyn is well placed for exploring the mysterious West Penwith area with its many relicts of iron age man (ancient villages, cliff castles, burial chambers, stone circles and much more). Lands End is close by as is the famous Minack Theatre and Lamorna Cove.
There are great beaches at Porthcurno (15 min), Sennen Cove (20 min), St. Ives and Hayle/Gwithian Towans - “three miles of golden sands” (30 min). For those interested in industrial archaeology, the old tin-mining areas of St Just and the UNESCO World Heritage Camborne/Redruth Mining District are close by where there are many trails through the engine houses and past workings. Garden lovers have an abundance of choice and there are a number of National Trust and privately owned properties in West/Central Cornwall. The Eden Project is about an hour’s drive away.