Beautiful St Ives really does have it all. Fascinating galleries, sandy beaches, glorious gardens, dramatic coastline and some of the best food around. And with so much to do on our doorstep, Pedn Olva is the perfect spot to kick back and unwind after a hard day’s exploring.
You’re spoilt for choice for beaches in St Ives. We’re biased, but we love the award-winning Porthminster. With its golden sand and calm, turquoise waters, it feels almost tropical.
Soak up the harbour atmosphere on Harbour Beach, watch the boats come and go whilst enjoying a pasty or fish and chips - just watch out for the wiley seagulls!
And not forgetting Porthmeor beach, perfect for hitting the surf, or storm watching in the winter.
With handmade fudge, Cornish ice cream, perfect pasties, locally-landed seafood, proper fish and chips, and some incredible fine dining restaurants, it’s hard to walk around St Ives without being distracted by a tempting morsel at every turn. It really is a foodie’s paradise.
Renowned for its artistic culture, there are galleries galore in St Ives with something to suit every taste. Wander the cobbled streets and discover a huge range of locally-inspired art, jewellery and crafts. Don’t miss the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
With so many beaches it’s a shame not to make the most of it. For adrenaline junkies try your hand at surfing on Porthmeor, or scale our rugged coastline on a coasteering trip. For something a little more tranquil, glide across Porthminster Bay on a stand-up paddleboard or in a kayak. St Ives Surf School run lessons and hire equipment.
With plunging cliffs, rugged, boulder-strewn moors, and the Atlantic Ocean stretching out in front of you, this section of the coast path is something rather special. There’s a real feeling of isolation and solitude and it’s perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of the town.
Magical Zennor, set in wild moorland, source of many myths and even a mermaid! D.H. Lawrence stayed here in WW1 when he was writing Women In Love. Take a hike up to Zennor Quoit to see a megalithic burial chamber marked by impressive standing stones, and unearth an exquisitely carved medieval mermaid seat and 15th century carving at the Norman church.
We love a celebration in St Ives, and there are plenty of festivals and events happening throughout the year. Our favourites include Feast Day in February, St Ives Food & Drink Festival in May, the Swell-board Shoot Out in June, where hundreds of surfers take to the water in fancy dress to raise money for charity, and the September festival that sees two weeks of great music, exhibitions, walks, talks, workshops, films, comedy, theatre, plays, stories and poetry.