Things to do in St Ives

With beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants, world famous galleries and the beautiful Atlantic ocean lapping on the shores. There are endless things to do in St Ives. This is a collaborative list of our best things to do in our stunning slice of Cornwall.

Walk the coast path to Zennor

Arguably the ost beautiful stretch of coastline in cornwall. Anyone who has walked the 6 3/4 mile walk to zennor will definitely agree. The walk takes on average about 4 hours and begins at the West end of Porthmeor Beach. Zennor is a small village with lots of history and great pub, serving food and drink all year round. The stunning views will blow your mind and if you don’t fancy the walk back there are buses that run to town regularly.

Best walks in St Ives

Learn to Surf on Porthmeor Beach

The friendly and experienced team at St Ives Surf School offer a variety of surf lessons for absolute beginners, improvers or advanced surfers all year round. Prices start at £25 for a 2-hour session. Equipment is included free of charge and they provide onsite secure changing facilities, male/female toilets and showers.

Surfing St Ives


Boat trip to Seal ISland

Seal Island is located around 3.5 miles west of St Ives. Boat trips are run on a daily basis from the St Ives harbour except during bad weather. The trip begins with a cruise past the Island, Porthmeor beach, Mans Head and Clodgy point. Upon arrival you’ll see lots of wildlife and be able to get quite close to the seals.

St Ives branch line

Opened in 1877 the route between St Erth and St Ives is one of the most beautiful routes in Britain. The railway follows the coast providing many spectacular views out over St Ives Bay during the 20 minute ride. The start of the journey takes you past the RSPB birdwatching area of Hayle estuary, then the sand dunes overlooking Porthkidney Beach and Hawkes point, Views of Carbis Bay Beach with St Ives in the distance, through the very green and colourful coastal path and arriving at Porthminster beach.

Coasteering off Porthminster point.

Coasteering is an adrenaline-pumping combination of traversing rocks, floating through gullies, sea swimming, exploring caves and negotiating rock jumps. The activity is run by the team from St Ives Surf School and leaves from the beautiful beach location on Porthminster Beach.

Coasteering St Ives

The Hub

The Hub St Ives is located in the heart of St Ives and is a well-established landmark on the harbour front serving great coffee, cold beer and amazing food. By night the vibe changes to bar/club with great music and good vibes! Make sure you try The Big kahuna Burger.

Tapas with a view at Porthmeor Beach

Located on the North side of St Ives and overlooking the crashing Atlantic surf you find the only cafe/restaurant in town that has sunset vistas facing west over the rugged coastline. Local, high quality food, creative tapas selection, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Barbara Hepworth Museum and sculpture gardens

There is little doubt Barbara Hepworth was one of St Ives’ most influential artists with works featured in prestigious locations around the world. She is probably best known for her geometric abstract sculptures in bronze, many of which have a hole, a concept she is credited with. The museum and gardens are where Hepworth worked from 1949 until 1975 when she was tragically killed in a fire. Her studios and gardens were opened to the public the following year with much left as it was. The gardens include many examples of here sculptures and are complemented by the subtropical plants that grow there.

Barbara Hepworth St Ives

Explore The island

The Island that isn’t really an Island…… The Island sticks out in St Ives, on show from most parts of the town the Island is located between Porthmeor Beach and the Harbour. In ancient times it was a promontory fort now known as the coastguard lookout. The short steep walk up the Island takes you to St Nicolas chapel, a small building which was a lookout for passing sailors. The view at the top gives you a 360 degree view of St Ives.

Things to do in St Ives





Posted by on 19 April 2016

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