St. Ives is a small picturesque fishing town of great character and charm, situated on the Cornish Riviera with the sea on three sides. It is famous for it's clear blue waters, white sands and sub tropical temperatures all year round. Narrow cobbled streets wind their way through the old quarter known locally as 'Downalong'. Galleries, restaurants and small shops are in abundance. Below are some popular things to do, eat and see in and around St Ives.
Being the closest beach, immediately behind the apartment. This is a large beach famous for surfing and the Tate gallery, but is equally popular with families. In high season there are lifeguards and a surf school. Surf boards can be hired locally.
This beach is much smaller and very popular with young families. Customers enjoy spectacular views whilst dining all year round at the award winning licenced Porthgwidden Beach Cafe. Approximately a 3 minute walk.
St Ives dedicated dog friendly beach no matter the season. This beach can get packed and the tide will completely cover this beach at points in the day. Approximately a 5 minute walk.
This iconic beach can be sheltered from the wind and has all the charm of a fishing port along with the excitement of motor launches, sea fishing trips and small pleasure cruises. Not to mention the famous 14th century Sloop Inn and other attractions on the harbour front. Approximately a 5 minute walk.
For spectacular views of the harbour this is the beach for you! It's great for families with its beautiful pale sand and amenities. The renowned Porthminster Cafe Restaurant situated on the beach often comes highly recommended and there is a small pitch and putting green.
Ideal for young children and can be reached by taking the coastal footpath from Porthminster beach. This is a very pleasant walk with some steep inclines. Or you can travel one stop on the local train which follows the coastline. Approximately a 45 minute walk or 5 minutes on the train from Porthminster.
The Tate Gallery which is sited overlooking Porthmeor beach presents changing displays of 20th century art, focusing on the post war modern era that St Ives has become famous for.
Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience, offering a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important twentieth century artists.
The breath-taking scenery as you walk the coastal footpath towards the tiny hamlet of Zennor is second to none. The Tinners Arms with its pleasant garden overlooking the headland is a welcome break at the end of your walk. For those less energetic there is an occasional bus service that runs at certain times (Traveline on 0870 608 2608). Approximately 6 miles one way.
Porthmeor Beach Café has a buzzing atmosphere, alfresco dining and imaginative cocktails they serve breakfast, lunch and tapas through to evening dining. This a wonderful spot to sit in any weather with heated pod seating and an enclosed glass fronted restaurant. A perfect place to have a drink while watching the sunset.
Start your day with a breakfast roll overlooking the sea or come along for a classic crab linguine, amazing Tuscan-style Pizzas and daily specials while their fully licensed bar offers cocktails, local beers, wines and champagne. The terraced area is dog-friendly for customers who wish to be accompanied by their four-legged friends whilst they eat and drink. You are guaranteed a friendly warm welcome and spectacular views of St Ives Bay overlooking Godrevy Lighthouse, Gwithian, and Hayle Sands.
Lively, harbourfront restaurant offering creative burgers & other pub eats, plus draft brews & cocktails. This restaurant is dog friendly and great for all ages. Can get very busy so booking is essential.
The Cornish Deli exists to bring the best quality Cornish and regional produce to its customers. If you want fantastic quality local meats, cheeses, seafood, snacks and regional specialities, the Cornish Deli is for you. Incorporated within the Cornish Deli, is the The Deli Café offering brunches, lunches and evening meals in summer.
An acclaimed beachside restaurant that serves up one of the most memorable dining experiences in Cornwall – if not the UK. Over the course of 25 years, the team has built an enviable reputation for combining Asian and Mediterranean influences in dishes showcasing the freshest seafood, garden-grown produce, and foraged coastal ingredients.
Jus' Desserts is an ice cream shop situated on the harbourfront featuring a magnitude of different delicious flavours. This is a personal favourite of my family and is a hit with kids.
Penzance is a mere 7.6 miles from St Ives and is the closest larger town. It has a small high street and a large Sainsburys for all essentials. Where Penzance shines is the fascinating St Michaels. A historic castle, garden and island community just off the coast of neighbouring Marazion. This is a must visit for anyone visiting this part of Cornwall.
Truro is a small city (more like a town) situated 25 miles East of St Ives. It has a good high street featuring brands such as M&S, TKMaxx, New Look and Primark to name a few. There is the stunning 19th century cathedral which is open 365 says a year that is open to all faiths and is definitely worth a visit.
Falmouth is a town on the coast of Cornwall in southwest England. It’s known for its deep natural harbour on the Fal Estuary, and beaches like Swanpool and Gyllyngvase. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall has interactive galleries and a flotilla of model boats. On Pendennis Point, Pendennis Castle is a well-preserved 16th-century fortress built by Henry VIII. To the southwest, Trebah Garden has subtropical plants. It is well worth a day trip and is 27 miles miles East of St Ives.