The Queens Hotel

High Street, St Ives, TR26 1RR, United Kingdom

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Travel Tips for Saint Ives

St Michaels Mount

by jmschief

We parked up at just off the rounabout at Penzance and paddled along the beach up to St Michael's Mount.

By the time we got there, the path was knee deep in Water so we just got there before the tide came in. Needless to say, we have to get one of the many ferries back!

The place itself was lovely with a little cafe to get your Cornish Pasties and Cream Teas and a little Ice Cream Hut to give you a little something to walk around the gardens with.

we actually only paid to go in the Castle but you can pay extra to walk around the Gardens which look very nice. You can see them from the Castle anyway which is why we decided not to bother. It's laid back holiday feel and in particular with St Michael's Mount - they invite you to ask questions which is always good

Breathe in some fresh air

by jmschief

Well, most people tend to drive to Land's End, take a look through the Telescope and tick it off the list but we found this alternative a lot more enjoyable.

Take the coastal road from St Ives down to Sennens Cove and park up at the Car Park there on top of the beach. Then take a walk though the village and up the other side along the Coast to Land's End.

You pass a couple of lovely shops - one in particular looked like a Medieval Round House and had some great curios. It's probably about 2 miles or so and it's a really pleasant walk past an old shipwreck gets you away from the hustle and bustle of St Ives.

Cornish pasties

by Sjalen about Penganna Pasties

Knowing what we know today, we are not that impressed, but Penganna looks amazing when you come walking down the High Street and see whole trays of pasties just waiting to be baked and people busy by the oven. There is also sometimes a queue here around lunch so that made us want to try it but we were in fact quite disappointed. You have to come early for a start as even if there is half an hour to go until closure, that might still mean that the real Cornish pasties (or just pasties as people say here) are gone and you are left with other pasties. Secondly, the meat was full of gristle which I can handle but not everyone can and just because I can does not mean I enjoy it. Finally, the outside was far too floury - like when you bake cookies and they look too dusted in the end when you've had to roll them again and again before getting them on their tray. Perhaps this is North Cornwall way to make them? I notice that most of their branches is up that way...

We tried them again in 2010 just to make sure we weren't just unlucky, and because we so want to like this traditional place with its non-pre baked pasties but nope. It's OK, but the meat was still not a good cut and the whole thing is so sturdy my stomach was upset for more than a day whilst I normally have no problems whatsoever with pasties (can be both a good and a bad thing that!) Cheese and onion as I think it's the traditional meat ones that present a problem here. What will always make me come back here though is the fantastic apple juice. Only once have I ever had an equally good one (in Sweden) to what Pengenna has in its fridge from some Cornish orchard. Claims to be completely natural but tastes like liquid apple pie! Mmm...

St. Nicholas Chapel on the Island

by Peterodl

The Chapel overlooking the town of St. Ives stands at the top of "The Island" even though it's fully connected to the land.
It's an easy climb up to the top and you get a good view of the town and surrounding area.
The Chapel used to be used by the "Preventative Men" who kept a lookout for smugglers. "The Pirates of Penzance" isn't just a nice story.
The wind can be a bit high at the top but that's a small price to pay for the views.
Get a nice picnic and have a lunch next to the chapel.

St Ives Lifeboat

by Sjalen

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI for short) has lifeboats in selected harbour towns all over Britain and relies on voluntary help and donations to finance its activities, not least rescuing people in trouble at sea. You recognise their navy blue and orange boats easily and here at St Ives, there has been a lifeboat station for 165 years or so, since this is a tricky bit of coastline to navigate with various reefs and undercurrents. To get to know more about the history, medals received for bravery and spectacular rescue actions, head for the town museum (see tip), but to see the boat itself when it is in, head for the lifeboat station at one end of the harbour any weekday during office hours, when you get to see the boat out of the water as long as it is not on a mission. There is also frequent practice runs and "wash days" when it is taken out and launched via its own slipway, something which attracts the crowds in the harbour and is a fascinating sight since various antennaes and things on the boat have to be folded up to get it into action mode, and it is taken into the water by its own caterpillar vehicle. Next to the boat hall itself is a shop where you can support RNLI through buying useful souvenirs.


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