Top 10 reasons to visit St Ives

To visit St Ives is at the top of most peoples bucket lists, and holidaying at home is becoming ever more popular. St Ives had won many awards for the best family and seaside destination, and it really does have pretty much everything going for it.

Here’s just a few reasons to visit incase you never have!


St. Ives is full to the bursting with delicious restaurants and food shops to tickle your tastebuds. From pasties, to fudge and ice cream, to the more fine-dining top end restaurants and home comfort eateries. There is pretty much something for everyone. Just make sure if you’re visiting in the busy times you book a table at your favourite spot to avoid disappointment.

Read our blog on dining at Porthmeor Beach Cafe and check some of the best Cornish ice creams available in St. Ives.

seafood tapas in st ives


When you visit St Ives it’s hard not to notice the beaches, with five golden sandy beaches to dip your toes in the warm Cornish waters what’s not to love! Explore Porthminster, Harbour, Bamaluz, Porthgwidden and Porthmeor all within an easy stroll of each other. There’s no reason not to go home without sandy feet…

Discover some more of Cornwall’s best beaches here.

Porthminster beach, st ives


With cute fisherman’s cottages in Downalong to the wonky character and cobbled streets of this fishing village there’s bundles of charm everywhere you look. With road names such as Teetotal Street and Rope Walk and places such as The Island, there’s no wonder the cottages have such charming names to fit in. Everywhere you look in this town there’s a photo opportunity, from rusty signs to colourful beach huts and everything in between.

Beach huts at Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives


St. Ives is famed for its sunlight and has been a top spot for artists for many years. It seems there is something special about the light that shines on St. Ives. The good news is that it’s more often than not a sunny day in this seaside town. Cornwall generally looks it’s best when the sun shines, and on a lovely day you really do feel like you’re somewhere in the Mediterranean or Caribbean!

The unique make up of the town also means that even when the winter breezes do make an appearance you can always find a sheltered spot to escape the elements.


When you visit St Ives you’ll notice that it’s lacking in most high street names. This is just how we like it. There’s so many cute local shops to have a look around selling everything from buckets and spades, clothes, jewellery and shoes to fudge, chocolates and surf boards.

In the summers there’s street traders, boat trips and street performers to add to the St. Ives charm.

Shops in St Ives


Known as one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall, Porthmeor attracts thousands of surfers every year. St Ives surf school operate right off the beach, and you won’t be alone in hitting the surf, there’s always someone in the sea here.

Read about more of Cornwall’s top surfing spots in our blog.

Visit St Ives Porthmeor Beach

Festivals and Celebrations

St. Ives is home to some wonderful festivals, events and celebrations throughout the year. From Feast Day and Lifeboat Day to the Beer and Cider Festival and the two week long September Festival.

Read more about the St. Ives Food and Drink Festival, and St. Ives May Day.

visit st ives food and drink festival


The North Cornish coast path is like no other, and St Ives is a great base to explore the rugged coastline. From St. Ives you can take the picturesque coast path along towards Carbis Bay, Lelant and Godrevy Lighthouse, or head West towards Zennor. If you want to escape the coast you can always head inland and explore The Steeple and Trencrom.

Discover more Cornish walks via our blog.

Day Trips

St Ives was made for day trips. With a park and ride train service and so many activities to fill your days, you can make yourself as busy or as relaxed as you like. We love just wandering the streets, playing on the 2p slots and then finding a quite place to grab some food away from the seagulls. You can see as little or as much as the town you want, but it’s all within such easy walking distance there’s no need to miss anything. Whether it’s a boat trip to seal island, or a surf lesson on Porthmeor beach, make the most of your visit.

Read our St. Ives day trip blog.


One of Cornwall’s most visited holiday seaside towns, St Ives really has everything you could want. If all the above points haven’t persuaded you then how about the relaxation and escapism that is on offer in Cornwall. There’s not many places where you can sit with the ocean lapping at your toes and just watch the world sail by…

visit St Ives and relax by the sea

Take a tour around the town with our St Ives video

What are you waiting for, book your holiday now and visit St Ives!

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By | 2017-10-07T14:04:58+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Activities and Days Out, Summer Holiday|0 Comments

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