St Ives

View of the harbour at St. Ives.

St Ives is a small seaside town in the English county of Cornwall, north of Penzance and west of Camborne. St Ives is a lovely Cornish village that has grown into a town. In the centre are quaint cottages, small alleys, craft and gift shops - often original, especially the paintings due to the influx earlier this century of artists from around Europe.

Get in

Trains from London Paddington to Penzance normally stop at St Erth one stop before Penzance. From St Erth take the St Ives branch line train (they normally connect with London trains), a bus or a taxi.

Get around

Trying to drive through the narrow streets of St Ives is a bit of a nightmare; go on foot like everyone else. This only applies to streets in the town's harbour, while the rest of the town has regular roads. Driving through the harbour during holiday months can be slow due to the massive volume of tourists that swarm the town.

There are numerous car parks in St Ives (£3-5 for the day), but the ones closest the town fill up quick in summer during the day. There is a large car park at the top of the town next to the leisure centre, a 10 minute walk from the harbour. It normally has spaces on all but the busiest days. There is also a Park and Ride Scheme, you park at one of the station on the St Ives branch line (e.g. Lelant, Lelant Saltings, etc.) and get the train in to the town. Follow the signs. Note that there was a car park outside of the leisure centre but this was built on a cliff face that is dangerously unstable. The local government made several demands for it to be closed as it was illegally established in the first place. When this was ignored, they shut it down themselves and blockaded the car park with concrete barriers. Any visitors who were used to using this car park will have to find somewhere else. Also note that parking in front of a resident's driveway is a very bad idea. You will often be shouted at and if you do not heed these words, you may return to find your tyres slashed.




There are loads of pasty shops, but always avoid the steak and stilton pasties; they may appear nice, but they often spend a couple of months on sale and can upset the gut.

Blas Burgerworks (The Warren) is a cosy restaurant serving a tasty selection of gourmet burgers for meateaters and vegetarians alike. With friendly, straightfoward service and solid locally sourced produce credentials, Blas is a thoroughly modern sort of restaurant, perfect for a quick but wholesome evening meal - and continuing to serve food until later than many St Ives establishments too.

The Bean Inn (Carbis Bay, on the outskirts of St Ives) is a simple, honest vegetarian restaurant serving above average veggie fare. A nice option for a veggie Sunday roast.

The Ocean Grill The Wharf. Best food in St Ives. Only a small place, and looks a bit like a fish and chip/pasty joint from the outside. But the food is formidable. Don't miss their breakfasts. The kippers are to die for!


Usual selection of traditional pubs and (more recently) wine bars. The Sloop Inn on the harbour front is one of the town's most popular, and you are likely to make at least one friend while there as most locals get on very well with fellow drinkers.

Another popular pub is the Legion at the bottom of the hill atop which St Ives Junior School resides. It is very similar to the Sloop, but be aware of rowdiness late at night.



Over 70 B&Bs and several nice little hotels - call the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) on +44 1736 796297 to find out which ones are available.

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Stay Safe

Generally crime free, but don't leave valuables on display in your car, or laptops on display next to an open window. St Ives was highlighted in 2006 as a town with an abnormally high rate of AIDS/HIV infections (the town has acquired the nickname of STIves). This was later traced to a bi-sexual bouncer at a local night club. Syphilis is also present in the local population. Practice safe sex.

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