Things to do

There are many things to do and places to visit in St Ives and the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for sporting activities, walking, nature or art, come rain or shine  there is something for everyone.

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Porthminster beach - This crescent of golden sand has glorious views across to Godrevy Lighthouse. The sea here is much calmer here and is great for families. approx.10-15mins walk from Lamorna

Porthmeor beach - A sandy beach popular with surfers and swimmers alike. approx. 25mins walk from Lamorna

Carbis bay beach - Facing northeast and just one mile east of St Ives, the beach rarely has any surf so makes for an ideal spot for families with toddlers as the sea here is perfect for swimming. approx. 25mins walk from Lamorna

Porthgwidden beach - Small, sheltered sand beach featuring a cafe & a row of rentable 2-story huts with deck chairs.

Lively Fore Street


"Experience the perfect retail therapy in St Ives: from independent art galleries, bookstores, craft shops and fashion boutiques, home furnishing retail stores and outdoor camping shops to bespoke gift shops and Cornish produce outlets. Take your pick from the many surf shops selling boards, equipment and surfer fashion."



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Outdoor Activities

"St Ives is an active town with a huge variety of easily

accessible outdoor pursuits on both land or sea. Pick your favourite beach, to sunbathe, have a dip, or just relax. For the more energetic, learn to surfstand-up paddle board, or rent a kayak

For an invigorating walk, head out on the Coastal Path or inland on any number of idyllic country paths. Embrace nature in the extreme by coasteering; the active sport of exploring a rocky coastline that involves climbing, jumping and swimming.


For bike enthusiasts there is a vast network of cycle routes to suit all standards, across all terrains."


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Walks & Nature


"St Ives is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a multitude of nature trails to explore. Choose the landscape; from mesmerising coastal geology to inland shaded woods. Walk beside towering clifftops with breathtaking sea views. Discover rugged moorland heaths where vivid pink and yellow wildflowers sway in the breeze. 


We recomend iWalkCornwall for walking routes around the cornish countryside. They have an app that has routes all around Cornwall rated from easy to strenuous. Each walk page provides useful information, maps and photos. The link above will take you directly to the St Ives routes. There is a small charge to download each route.

Leach pottery

The Barbara Hepworth Museum, and Sculpture Garden contains the largest group of Hepworth's works, permanently on display where she lived and worked from 1949 until 1975.

Bernard Leach Pottery & Museum 

Bernard Leach is regarded as the father of British studio pottery, established the Leach Pottery on the outskirts of St Ives in 1920, extending the site over the years.

The St. Ives Museum houses donated exhibits relating the fishing history of St Ives long before it was the tourist attraction it is today. 

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Art Galleries

"Thanks to its breathtaking scenery and unique, clear light, St Ives has always attracted artists. The result is a vibrant community of artists that continues to produce inspirational work – and an incredible selection of galleries to discover."