"BEAUTIFUL St. IVES" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint Ives by Tricky_Dicky69

Saint Ives Travel Guide: 150 reviews and 328 photos

The Town

St Ives is situated on Cornwall's rugged north coast and has something for everyone. There are lovely beaches for swimming and surfing, a nice harbour for boat trips for sighseeing or fishing, quant narrow streets with plenty of interesting shops as well as art galleries and museums.

Although St. Ives is a fairly small town the choice of places to eat or drink is huge. There are plenty of pubs and bars as well as 50 restaurants offering locally caught seafood in addition to more exotic fare from around the world.

The town gets really busy in the summer and the narrow streets can get clogged up with traffic. Car parking spaces are also in short supply so arrive early or leave the car at the park and ride and come in by train. See travel tip for details.

Where to stay

There is no shortage of places to stay, ranging from large hotels to a backpackers hostel. Best value though is probably a B & B and there are literally hundreds to choose from.
We stayed at The Old Count House which is a beautiful granite property dating back to 1825. ( www.theoldcounthouse-stives.co.uk )

These web-sites have some good local info :
www.visitstives.co.uk/
www.stives-cornwall.co.uk/
www.onestives.co.uk/

This is a popular place to visit for walkers as The South West Coast Path runs right through town. There is spectacular coastal scenery if you head west from St. Ives. The coast path is pretty hilly, on this section, but well worth the effort for the views.

If you prefer a more relaxing walk catch the train from St. Ives to St. Earth and then walk back along the coast path which takes you through Lelant & Carbis Bay offering lovely views across St. Ives bay to Hayle beach. The exercise will do you good and that evening meal will taste so much better !!!

We arrived in St. Ives after walking from Newquay, having stopped along the way at Perranporth, St. Agnes, Portreath and Hayle.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Scenery, harbour, lots of pubs and restaurants.
  • Cons:Seagulls, traffic, parking.
  • In a nutshell:St. Ives, something for everyone.
  • Last visit to Saint Ives: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Nov 4, 2008
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  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Hi Richard, a nice and useful page! Especially the tip about the walk. I am going to St Ives in the end of March and am really looking forward to it :-)

  • lindyz's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    St. Ives reminds me a bit of Wollongong where I live - crazy traffic, beautiful scenery and crazy seaguls!!!! Ive had many a fish and chip stolen from my hand by hungry and viscious seagulls!!!!! Thankyou for sharing Richard.

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2010 at 5:36 AM

    I love the place!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    I know all about those big seagulls, one stole my fishing rod, nearly unbelievable, but it is true, saw it happen!

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2009 at 5:41 AM

    Lovely page, thanks! Love the seagull poem :)

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2007 at 9:29 AM

    Lovely little page with brilliant photos of this cornish gem. Brings back memories of my time in Cornwall. I especially like the view from the South West path. Well done ... :-)

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