Cornwall's Crown Jewels! St Ives is the most popular tourist destination in Cornwall and the perfect place to go for a bit of good old-fashioned British seaside tradition.
The bay of St Ives has more than it’s fair share of beaches. We recommend Porthminster or Porthmeor for a family day out and water sports, and Porthgwidden or Carbis Bay for a more relaxing day. The main harbour area and beach is bustling – look out for pesky seagulls trying to take a bite out of your pasty!
An iconic artists’ town, it's packed with galleries big and small plus a few independent theatres. You could spend a whole day on your own art trail. The September festival has been a celebration of the arts since 1978 and is a great time to visit.
St Ives also boasts a superb collection of eateries and shops. Meander it’s narrow, winding streets to find our gorgeous hotspots.
It’s advisable to hop on the St Ives scenic branch line at Lelant Saltings to avoid the heavy traffic during peak season. Not just for convenience - the train hugs the coastline providing astounding views!
THINGS TO DO
Kidz R Us is an award-winning youth theatre company based at St Ives Theatre. An arts charity that celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019, the group works with around 100 young people a year and has a reputation for producing shows to the highest standard!
FOOD & DRINK
Sit indoors or outdoors and enjoy a selection of drinks including wine, Cornish beer or cider, soft drinks, coffees, teas; freshly made sandwiches, salads and homemade quiche. Indulge in one of their sumptuous cakes or a cream tea with freshly baked scones. Daily specials.
THE YELLOW CANARY CAFE
The Yellow Canary is an independent family business established in 1972 and the oldest cafe in St Ives. They serve the best coffee, pastries, Cornish pasties, Cornish Cream Teas and other tasty treats.