St. Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives, TR26 2SX, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Saint Ives


by Sjalen

There are several surf schools with board and wetsuit rentals in the St Ives area. The one in the picture is the one at Porthmeor Beach, the surf friendly beach right in the town centre but that one does not seem to have a website, you just have to turn up and book. Here at Porthmeor, the real die hard surfers sometimes complain that they get too little space since the beach is very popular with families with body boarding kids, but if you are not too fussy about that, the waves themselves should be fine. Types of waves of course depend on the winds and on the tide but I have never seen Porthmeor without decent waves of some kind. The lifeguards summertime put up black and white surf flags where you can surf, whilst the red and yellow ones are for the swimmers and body boarders to stick to, so at least you have your own part of beach. The body board bit gets quite crowded on a good day just as described in the first link below but it is a fab beach. You can read more about it under my general St Ives tips where I describe the beach and its facilities.

In St Ives Bay also has what claims to be the oldest surfing school, the Gwithian Academy of Surfing, on the other side of the bay, past the little town of Hayle, so that could be another alternative if you have your own car and are not dependent on buses and trains to get around since that would take some time even if possible. Hayle has a longer stretch of beach so it is less crowded and also more directly westerly with reliable waves. As I said, there are loads more than these two but they get mentioned on central location and on merit. Below there is also a link giving you the surf weather for St Ives. You can rent wetsuits and big boards at the surf centres but wetsuits are also sold in a couple of places in Fore Street and the harbour area and children's body boards can be found in many more souvenir-, beach- and paper shops for just a few pounds.

Great Seafood Experience

by ctillbrook about The Seafood Cafe

If you only have time/money for one expensive meal in St Ives then go to the Seafood Cafe in Fore Street.

This is one of those places where, after you are settled in and have wine in your hand (house white is ok by the way), you go to a fish counter, chose the fish by sight, add a sauce and choose veg etc.

I like this place and it has a very relaxed atmosphere.

PS. Be prepared - the staff are some of the ugliest people in Cornwall....... not. The prawns, wok fried in noodles, is an excellent starter. A typical main would be sea bass (whole or fillet) with ginger and spring onin glaze.

Tate St.Ives

by Peterodl

A rather small, stark white building with only 3 levels with-in, the St. Ives Tate is still a good place to visit.
Handicapped accessable as well with a couple of elevators and ramps throughout the building.
A tour of the artwork will only take about an hour BUT you can take one of many FREE guided tours of the current collection/show throughout the day.
The guides are very informative and happy to answer questions.
There is a cafe on the 3rd floor as well as a gift shop. The outside roof terrace is outstanding as well.

St Ives Museum

by Sjalen

An interesting town museum given the size of this small town - it has had its fair share of adventure and that's whats shown here in the form of exhibitions on tin mining, flash floods and not least wrecked ships and huge oil spills. Naturally, there are a lot of ships models and such in this old boathouse but there is also room for St Ives during WWII, old style clothes and St Ives social life throughout times, a mineral collection and some old automatic models on mining where 20p will show you things in action. There is a bit on the railways in western Cornwall and on craftmanship in town. Since it is all run by volunteers and in an old boathouse, the house has not been adapted to wheelchair users and you need to climb stairs to get in (see photo). There are also no toilet facilities for visitors and the museum is small but with a lot of information so you may want to notice this (nearest public ones are by the pier). On the other hand, it costs next to nothing to get in and children can buy various themed leaflets with questions to look for answers to so it is a good place to keep them busy for a rainy hour too.

Harbour Amusements

by Sjalen

I find it wonderful that St Ives Harbour is left as a harbour and not ruined by row after row of amusement arcades. It is the most peaceful holiday town I know in this respect and whether this is down to clever council planning, a result of a lot of artists living here (and tourists wanting to see what brought those here rather than drift along arcades) or perhaps a combination of the two, I don't know. Still, when having a summer holiday in an English seaside resort, and especially with children, it is fun now and again to end an evening here before drifting back to your B&B after dinner. This is not a particularly big arcade at all but as I said, you have probably not come to St Ives for this anyway. There is a small adults-only section with real fruit machines, and then the open-for-all section with penny slotmachines and skill games. Note that only the skill games pay out tickets here, contrary to bigger amusement arcades where you can play for tickets in the slotmachines too (for those of you not British: there are usually tokens and decks of tickets to win inside the machines, and those are then exchanged for silly little gifts which kids love doing).


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