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A Day Out In St Ives


St Ives is a beautiful seaside town in Cornwall.

A huge favourite with locals and tourists, St Ives is a unique town with tons of character. Head on down with the family and enjoy a magical experience, all within this colourful and fun spot within Cornwall. So, let's find out what can you get up to...

Hop on the train


The train journey to St Ives has been stated as one of the most scenic rides in Britain.

Take the train from St Erth to St Ives, it’s only 15 minutes long but you will experience jaw dropping views of the coast.

Take in the beauty of the golden sands as you drift passed Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay. It’s the perfect way to start your day off, and you’ll soon arrive in St Ives – so it’s time to get exploring…

Get sandy toes!


There are plenty of beaches to explore, so kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes. Build sand castles, dip your feet in the soft waves and admire the breath-taking views.

We must admit, we’re not a huge fan of the mutant sea gulls but don’t let them dampen your mood!

You’re surrounded by stretches of lovely beaches including:

Porthmeor, the beach with the surf school. Hop on a board or relax and unwind in this peaceful setting. With facilities right on the beach – you could stay there all day! The beach is dog friendly until Easter, so your furry friend can also join in with the fun.

The town’s harbour has a sandy bottom, making it a scenic, colourful and fun spot to chill and enjoy some family time. Watch the fishermen go about their day-to-day chores, and feel the buzz of the town.

Porthgwidden is another sandy location on the list. A small sandy cove, with colourful beach huts – you’ll certainly find a spot to enjoy the sights.

The final main beach within St Ives is Porthminster, half a mile of beautiful sand and calming soft waves. Feeling peckish? Grab a bite to eat in Porthminster Beach Café, within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Release your inner artist


St Ives has been attracting artists since the 19th century, and continues to be a location filled with inspiration and discovery, with it’s beautiful scenery.

Tate St Ives is a lovely art gallery to become inspired, creating a perfect family day out. This three story building overlooks Porthmeor Beach and provides an extensive exhibition programme.

Always keeping things fresh, the gallery has three seasons of exhibitions a year, celebrating the passion for art within the town. Unfortunately, Tate is undergoing construction work and will be reopening Saturday 21 May 2016 but in the meantime…

You can discover the Babara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, within Tate St Ives! This provides a remarkable insight into one of Britain’s significant twentieth century artists. Become inspired by the bronze, stone, wood sculptures and the collection of paintings, drawings and so much more.

To The Island!


You may have grown tired of the beach, and started to get irritated by the sand between your toes – so grab your shoes and let’s get walking!

St Ives’ Peninsula known as the Island is a beautiful location to grab those spectacular panoramic views. You can also take a look inside the small St Nicolas’ Chapel.

Can you spot Godrevy lighthouse in the distance?

Walk the cobbled streets and grab something indulgent


St Ives is filled with beautiful cobbled streets, walk and explore the many hidden streets, independent quirky shops and you’ll soon feel the magic of this special town.

You’ll discover shops from fudge, ice cream, crafts, small galleries to pasties – we’re sure you’ll find something to tickle your taste buds during your browse through town.

St Ives is also packed with restaurants and cafés, providing delicious locally sourced ingredients, all fresh and ready to satisfy that hungry tummy! Nothing beats a sea view while indulging in delicious grub!

Head to the big screen


Is it raining? The Royal cinema could be the perfect retreat for when your day draws to a close. A movie, popcorn and the memories of a great day – sounds like a great end to us.  

What's your favourite thing to do in St Ives?



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