Saint Ives Travel Guide

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Saint Ives Highlights

  • Pro
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    citytrip says…

     Great scenery and beaches, Quaint individual shops, cobbled streets give the place character. 

  • Con
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    citytrip says…

     Difficult to park your car in high season, the seagulls pinch the food out of your hand! 

  • In a nutshell
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    aadil says…

     Beautiful little town with lovely beaches and lots to see!!! 

Saint Ives Things to Do

  • High-adrenalin coasteering adventures!

    If you're spending any time in west Cornwall, be sure to take a trip with Kernow Coasteering. They are the UK's most westerly provider of this adventure activity, offering coasteering around St. Ives, Lands End and Penzance.If you don't know what coasteering is, it is an adventure activity where you combine swimming, scrambling, climbing and cliff...

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  • Go For A Beer - #4 The Lifeboat Inn

    This pub has an unbeatable location overlooking Harbour Beach and externally is a hell-of-a-looker with its inviting doorway and window looking out onto the view. Internally this is so obviously a pubco pub but, and it is quite a but as normally being a pubco pub would be enough to prejudice my experience, I found this a very warm, comfortable,...

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  • Go For A Beer - #3 The Castle Inn

    Now this was much more like it!! The Castle is a traditional-looking pub from the outside with its mullioned srtained glass windows through which the diffused subtle lighting, along with the propped open door were immediately inviting. A friendly welcome from the characterful barman (who may actually have been the manager) a good selection of,...

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  • Go For A Beer - #2 The Union Inn

    From the outside this loked like it was going to be a proper pub but inside was a total disappointment. Admittedly I'd dropped in late lunchtime and most people were eating but I didn't get a particularly warm welcome from the barman and the place felt a bit souless - there was no local feel to it.If I remember correctly they only had one real beer...

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  • Tate St Ives

    I didn't have time for this on my afternoon visit but I'll definitely make the time for it when I next get down this neck of the woods and probably double up with the Barbara Hepworth museum. It's interesting to note that you get a £1 reduction on the entrance price if you have a public transport ticket and so that's a quid towards one of my...

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  • Go For A Beer - #1 The Sloop Inn

    Having stuck to my principle of never having a drink until I've done something either creative, constructive or energetic I reckoned my wanders around the town pretty much fulfilled all three criteria and so it was definitely BEER TIME.St Ives' oldest pub is the Sloop Inn, which dates from 1312. It is, of course, an ex-smugglers haunt, as are they...

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Saint Ives Restaurants

  • “Winning Service & Excellent quality,...

    We stumbled across this place after originally quite a while ago, and have always found the staff warm and friendly staff. The menu was varied and offered a great choice, portions were absolutely huge!. The food was very tasty and offered good value for money, You can ask for any other fish from the Fresh Fish counter good range that they sell, and...

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  • Great food, great views, and dolphins!

    Well, this really was a dolphin-friendly meal! Just as I was finishing my main course, the waitress said ' look, dolphins!' And there in the bay, very close to shore, was a school of dolphin, playing beside the fishing boats. Anyway, back to the restaurant. It's perched above the smallest of St Ives' beaches, Porthgwidden, in the lee of the mound...

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  • Yummy Cornish Fudges!!!

    Cornish Fudges of varied types and made of all different types of nuts and interesting combinations worth tasting and trying out atleast once!!! Rum & Raisin, Walnut, Ginger, Almond and sooooo many more!!!

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  • Ice cream heaven

    There are several ice cream parlours in St Ives' harbour, but this is my favourite even if I also like the locally maid Moomaid of Zennor. At Jus' Desserts, they have loads of flavours of both ice cream and sorbet, all displayed in the Italian way with fruit and nuts etc. on top of it to make it look extra appetising. It is open until well into the...

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  • Best burgers in Britain

    Blas is Cornish for "taste" and this place sure serves tasty food - I have not tried every burger joint in Britain but this is often referred to as the best burgers in England by food reviewers and I can only agree that they have the best ones I have tried so far. In fact, Blas has restored my faith in British people being able to make burgers at...

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  • Maritime

    It is hard to be spontaneous in St Ives Harbour on a busy summer evening but spontaneous was what we were most days since we made daytrips and never knew quite when we would get back or how hungry we would be in the evenings. Consequently, we never reserved a table and that is otherwise a good thing to do here since it is a popular place. We were...

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Saint Ives Nightlife

  • People watching

    Nightlife in St Ives for me is much about walking along the harbour, looking at how the light changes and how people start coming out to dine after a day on the beach and all of a sudden there are loads of people chatting and enjoying their holidays. I have been told it gets a bit madder on New Year's Eve down here though :))) For those in need of...

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  • Waterfront bar

    The Hub bar is a modern style bar on the waterfront. Living near Brighton, this is the sort of place I'm used to, but, given the young summer population, this sort of place is quite unusual in St Ives.It's open all day, for coffee, cakes and tapas as well as the bar.At ground level it's open at the front, so you have an outside view of the Harbour...

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  • Good pub in the town centre

    Good straightforward pub in the centre of St Ives. I was impressed by the friendly efficient bar staff.Sorry, I can't give you details of their real ales as I'm a lager drinker!They also do food, although we didn't eat there.No children allowed after 7pm.Unfortunately, as is the case with most of St Ives, there is no outside seating area.

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Saint Ives Transportation

  • One Of The UK's Most Scenic Rail Routes

    The short, 4.25 miles, length of single track of the St Ives Bay Line definitely is well worth taking the train for in its own right. The line was built in 1877 to provide freight services for the pilchard trade and passenger services to the upcoming seaside resort. It connects to the London - Penzance mainline at St Erth and the first stage of the...

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  • Leave the car if going to St. Ives in...

    Parking in St. Ives is a real pain in the height of summer so if you're just visiting for the day do yourself a favour and use the park and ride. Leave the car and catch the train in. This will save money and a load of time and grief. Trains run frequently from the park and ride at Lelant Saltings along the St. Ives Bay Line past Lelant and Carbis...

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  • Train the Countryside

    Take a National Rail train from London Paddington towards Penzance. Transfer trains to the Wessex Service at St. Erth station to go to St. Ives. The train is only a couple cars long and only takes 10 mins. to get to St. Ives at the end of the line.The entire journey should take 5 1/2 hours max and you pass through many interesting towns on the way.

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Saint Ives Shopping

  • Where To Get Your Postcards And...

    ...stamps and where to post them!!Whilst there are plenty of places around the town to buy postcards buying them here has the advantage of being able to get the correct stamps - especially for sending abroad - plus the post box is right outside. You just need to pop down to the Sloop Inn to write them out first.The Post Office is open Monday to...

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  • The local look

    Since you are never far from the coast in Cornwall, fishing plays a big part of local life, and Cornish fishermen have long worn these "smocks" to protect their own clothing underneath. For the same reason, the smocks later became very popular with all the artists who also settled down here, and today both these categories love to wear this useful...

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  • For the shopaholic

    I have no special favourite shop here so I mention the whole of Fore Street (a common name for a main street in western England) which is where most tourists end up sooner or later but for a good reason for this is a street full of art galleries and other specialist shops so everyone will find something they like here, along with some cafés and a...

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Saint Ives Local Customs

  • The Community Of Artists

    From my only visit, so far, I can easily understand why St Ives has developed as an artists community. The relative lack of development (Tate Gallery aside LOL), the fresh Celtic Sea to wash the cobwebs away, the amazing light, which I'll extrapolate to even when it's cold and dank, and just that sense of being which the town has.So here's a little...

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  • A Little Piece Of Local History

    Pictured is the Grade II listed archway which used to lead to the home of the "Portreeve" (a sort of harbour master) George Hicks. George was Portreeve from 1611 until 1624 but doesn't seem to have done anything particularly remarkable except having lived here, unlike one of his predecessors, John Payne (who didn't live at Hick's Court BTW).John...

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  • Only In St Ives!

    No British seaside town is complete without its amusement arcade(s) and here in St Ives we have Harbour Amusements with its usual shoot-em-up video games and fruit machines. It is a little bit more upmarket in that it also has a pool and billiards club attached but the thing that makes it unique is that it is a Grade II Listed Building.Where the...

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Saint Ives Warnings and Dangers

  • One Hates To Be Political...But...

    ...maybe our present (UK as of Oct 2012) government should take note.Another pic I just wanted to use and so totally supercilliously have stuck here LOL.But that's the St Ives effect isn't it? Get the creative juices running and don't give a damn about the results.

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  • Leave your car

    You can drive to St Ives if you want to have a holiday here and intend to use it for driving around the wonderful countryside, but whatever you do, please do not drive down Treganna Hill and into the harbour area unless you absolutely must because of mobility issues or because you have rented a cottage in Downalong. Wharf Road starts at the...

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  • Lifeguard signals

    I have written it under my Porthmeor tip as that's where it's most relevant: the waves are forceful at Porthmeor and even I found it hard to stand upright at times, and on top of that there are holes in the sand to slip down occasionally, so do make sure you don't leave your children unattended at any time in the water. That of course goes for the...

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Saint Ives Off The Beaten Path

  • Godrevy Lighthouse

    The island of Godrevy in St Ives Bay got its famous lighthouse in 1859, after yet another ship and its passengers and crew had been lost on the already infamous Stones Reef outside it in 1854. Today it is fully automatic and solar powered and what you see is the 26 metre tower which is visible from St Ives itself a little more than three miles...

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  • Zennor

    A most wonderful village, Zennor is perhaps not stricly off the beaten path since buses stop here between Land's End/St Just and St Ives, but so many people miss it when they get stuck in St Ives itself so I have chosen to put it here. The countryside around the village is really ancient and you can see old Celtic farmland patterns from 3000 BC and...

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  • Pedn Olva Hotel Lookout bar

    The Pedn Olva Hotel has a couple of great places to have a drink with a sea view.As well as the rooftop bar that you can see, there is also another outside bar near the swimming pool, which overlooks the sea and Portminster Beach. This isn't obvious to non-residents of the hotel, but is open to the public until 6pm. Ask at the bar, then turn right...

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Saint Ives Sports & Outdoors

  • Walking

    There are a number of walking trips to be done from St Ives, all depending on how far you want to go, and you can buy booklets in most bookshops as well as the tourist office and other places to guide you. The South West Coast Path which runs along the coast of England comes through St Ives so either side of town connects to it. One side (leading...

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  • Surfing

    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...

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  • An Urban Taste Of Atlantic Wildness

    Known locally as "The Island" the promontory that juts out into the sea was once topped with a fortress - it's old name was Pandinas, meaning "fortified headland". Nowadays it has the St Ives lookout station of the National Coastwatch Institution which was formerly used by the Coastguards. The NCI is a voluntary organisation established in 1994 to...

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  • Dolphin spotting

    Dolphins appear in St Ives summertime and into early autumn when the water is warm enough. The first time we were here we did not see any, but the second time around we were luckier and my daughter even got to surf with one fishing nearby! They pop up at different times throughout the day, but usually afternoons and early evenings rather than...

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  • Beach cricket

    Do like the English - buy yourself a cheap beach cricket set in any of the souvenir shops in the town centre or on the beaches. Then hit your favourite beach - even the harbour at low tide like the guys in this picture. If you pay for my trip I'll be your umpire. :)

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