St Ives

For those of you that like a more sporty type holiday…. St Ives has a leisure centre at the top of town, also you can go on fishing trips, bookable on the harbour, trips to seal island, rib rides, self drives boats, surf school on Porthmeor, golf at Tregenna Castle, St Ives, and also West Cornwall golf club in Hayle. If you like Horse riding Penhalwyn Trekking centre and school is just outside of St Ives.

Arts and craft markets at the Guildhall on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and a farmers market on Thursdays.

picture of stives with wine
relax by the sea in St Ives

Having holidayed in St Ives all my life I was over the moon when we managed to buy our own little bit of paradise in 2012. Our cottage Happy Days is over 100 years old and used to sit on the edge of an apple orchard. Being a tin miners cottage and in St Ives, it’s compact and cosy. The perfect ‘bolt-hole’ for getting away!

  • The cottage is a 7 minute walk away from the harbour from where you can reach all 5 beaches, from Porthminster with its pale fine sand to the stunning Porthmeor with its waves for surfers and sunsets for romantics!
  • The quaint cobbled Fore Street is crammed with boutiques, pubs, eateries, gift shops and galleries. Running parallel to the harbour it’s always an interesting walk through.
  • On the harbour sits The Sloop Inn dating back to 1312. Fantastic food, beers and service. Back along towards Porthmister and the train station up through the Warren you will find the Pednolva Hotel which is open to non residents. Either sit upstairs on their sun terrace or inside with panoramic views across the harbour and beyond, also very pretty on an evening!
  • In May, St Ives holds a food and drink festival with over 5000 people visiting last year! The event takes place on Porthminster beach. Local suppliers attend giving out tasters of their produce and also giving cooking demonstrations.
  • In September St Ives holds a festival which started in 1978, it proved so popular it is now an annual event celebrating music, poetry, walks, talks, workshops, theatre and arts. Buskers play in the streets and the ghost walks are a must!
  • Christmas and New Year are very lively in St Ives with the streets closed to traffic on New Years Eve, if you’re not in fancy dress you are in the minority!
  • We have recently found St Ives Brewery which overlooks the town, lovely food, local beers and gin as well as frothy coffees alongside unrivalled views.
food in happy days cottage
Relax in the garden
  • Eating out in St Ives leaves you with a bit of a dilemma…what to have?! From family cafes and restaurants, cosy bistros, pizza and pasta restaurants and beach restaurants. Porthmeor Beach (the one with the sunsets ) have in the last few years revamped their top tier of beach chalets and now you can sit in a ‘pod’ watching the sun sink into the sea with a cheeky rose’ or local beer with a heater, cushions and blankets! The most amazing way to finish a day.
  • If you fancy walking St Ives is a good base to walk the coastal path, either west over Clodgy towards Zennor and Lands End where you might spot some dolphins or east towards Carbis Bay, Hayle and Leland.
  • Places to visit… St Michaels mount, Penzance, Mousehole, Tintagel, Lands End, Minack Theatre, Praa sands, Kynance cove, Newlyn, this list is endless. In St Ives, Clodgy, Barbara Hepworth museum and gardens, The Tate Gallery, the island, Knills monument, and much much more!
  • St Ives boasts, a cinema, a library, shopping, views, restaurants, beaches, views, 2 piers, pubs festivals, their own RNLI, a working fishing harbour, an island, views, walks, galleries, Doctors, a leisure centre, oh and did I mention the views?!
  • St Ives is well renowned for its amazing light, this is why so many artists have made it their home. Surrounded on three sides by the sea and washed gently by the Gulf Stream, along with crystal clear water sun polluted air and clean sands. The town has a beautiful pink glow and hour after sun rise and an hour before sunset creating stunning vistas. Come and see for yourself and share in our little corner of paradise.
St ives in the evening
St Ives Evening

Links to useful places in St Ives

stiveswrfc.co.uk – St Ives Rugby club for parking £6 a day

www.stives-cornwall.co.uk – Tourist information


walkcornwall.co.uk – walk around St Ives



heligan.com – Lost gardens of heligan