St Ives

Beautiful cobbled streets, pretty fishermen’s cottages and outstanding beaches welcome you in this magical Cornish seaside town.

Enjoy traditional Cornish fayre in the harbour and watch the boats go by or relax in one of the 4 beautiful beaches, all within walking distance of the central Downalong area.

The town is full of quaint shops, cafes and restaurants mixed alongside fantastic art galleries and craft shops. History and tradition has attracted artists to St. Ives for many years making this area an international centre for Art and with the beautiful light and the Tate and Barbara Hepworth museum on your doorstep, you cannot fail to be inspired.

For the more active guest, there is much to choose from. Whether you enjoy a surf lesson on Porthmeor Beach or paddle boarding and kayaking at Porthminster, there are non-stop activities to choose from. The magical Cornish coast and the breathtaking scenery has attracted Walkers for centuries, with deep sea fishing and speed boating for the more adventurous explorer.

Families love the safe, soft sand of the outstanding beaches whilst children enjoy crabbing in the harbour. Watching this working harbour is a delight in itself as the fishermen repair their nets and bring alongside catch of the day. 

St. Ives is very well placed to explore the rest of Cornwall whether that be the famous thrill seeking attractions or historical Cornish monuments and towns, all are a short drive away.

Or why not enjoy a helicopter ride and enjoy the unique Cornish coastline from the sky, possibilities for a fantastic holiday are endless here.


Our Must See Guide

No visit to St.Ives is complete without wandering around the beautiful local galleries, craft shops and artist studios. The Tate Modern on Porthmeor beach is always an interesting visit as is the Barbara Hepworth Museum. If you are feeling inspired, why not pop into the life drawing classes or book a course at the St.Ives School of Painting, just off Porthmeor Beach.


St Ives Island and Church is an enjoyable walk as the waves crash below and the views are breathtaking. The South West coastal path from Porthmeor Beach to Zennor and beyond is a fantastic way to view the local wildlife and enjoy spectacular scenery. Please take extra care and good walking boots as the path is difficult in places.


The beaches around St.Ives are very beautiful, each offering something different. When the surf is up, Porthmeor is exhilarating offering daily surf lessons for all abilities. Porthgwidden is a sheltered little cove popular with families and children rock pooling. The Harbour is always busy at the heart of the town, enjoy the soft sand and crabbing off Smeatons Pier. Porthminster near the train station offers a large, safe, sandy beach good for paddleboarding and kayaking.


Our Recommended Restaurants

Porthmeor Beach Cafe
Great food overlooking Porthmeor Beach, relaxed atmosphere and if you are lucky enough to book an outdoor heated pod, a real treat. Our favourite.

Porthgwidden Beach Cafe

01736 796791
Small lovely restaurant for dinner, great steaks and seafood, around £30 for 3 courses without wine. Ask for the seat in the window. 

Porthminster Beach Restaurant 
01736 795352 
More refined restaurant on the beach for special occasions, £40 for 3 courses without wine.

The Black Rock 
01736 791911
 The only Michelin awarded restaurant in St. Ives just off Market Square. Do not let the location put you off, it might not have a sea view but it certainly makes up for it in terms of food and price. 2 course meal at £16.50, 3 courses at £19.50. Lovely interior. 

Fish & Chips -
The Balancing Eel for take aways, consistently lovely during the last 20 years and very nice staff. The Harbour Fish & Chips to sit in - very pleasant staff, gourmet fish and chips.




St.Ives is easily accessed through road, rail or air. 

BY ROAD: The A30 is the main road servicing the South West and is a dual carriageway for much of the route. There are many places to stop on this road and it is well worth breaking up your journey to have a bite to eat and relax before you arrive in St.Ives. The AA provides a good comprehensive service to check your route before and during travel for traffic hotspots.

BY RAIL:The train ride to St.Ives is a good alternative if you have a long journey and the countryside and seaside views of Devon and Cornwall are beautiful;

The walk from the station into town is around 10 minutes and if you have much luggage or are arriving late, it might be a good idea to book a taxi; 

Taxis found at the rank Royal Square:

John's Taxis
Tel: 07974 190330

Taxi and Private hire
Tel: 01736 793000

St Ives Cars
Tel: 01736 799200

BY AIR:  Land's End Airport is 11 miles away and offers scenic flights. Newquay Airport for flights from Gatwick, Edinburgh and Liverpool and other UK cities is 26 miles away.

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