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What to do in St Ives?

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Thisisnotnormal69 Mon 07-Sep-20 18:51:53

We’ve got a week in St Ives booked in a few weeks, no DC and also no car. Any suggestions for things to do, restaurants etc?

Got the Tate on the list and are keen to do some walking if anyone knows good routes.

Thanks! smile

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farnworth Mon 07-Sep-20 19:09:09

Great walking there
Google SW coastal path or NT walks and you will get lots of ideas.

As well as booking ahead for Tate St Ives, make sure you book ahead to go to Barbara Hepworth garden - Really wonderful. Particularly limited ticket numbers so do need to be organised!

Lots of little galleries dotted round the town

Lovely beaches, so hope you get some good weather and can sit out!
Good for swimming and surfing.
Porthmeor Beach Services - cafe restaurant on the beach is a good spot.
Had a really nice meal in the Cornish Deli

There is an escape room in St Ives - always good entertainment. If you haven’t ever tried one, I would recommend you have a go!

Hope you have a lovely stay

Cornishmumofone Mon 07-Sep-20 19:13:03

Catch the St Ives branchline to Penzance (you change at St Erth, but that will be obvious as it's the end of the branchline). Walk from Penzance to Marazion and St Michael's Mount and/or visit Jubilee Lido in Penzance.

Thisisnotnormal69 Mon 07-Sep-20 19:28:57

@farnworth thanks for tips! Will look up Barbara Hepworth garden. I do love art and galleries so please let me know if any other specific you recommend!

I had actually found both those restaurants online and thought they looked good!

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Thisisnotnormal69 Mon 07-Sep-20 19:29:32

@Cornishmumofone thanks, was thinking of going to Penzance one day actually! Will do that

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AuditAngel Mon 07-Sep-20 21:50:28

Porthgwidden beach is lovely and has a fabulous cafe.

The great thing about St Ives is no matter which way the wind is blowing, one of the beaches will be sheltered,

I can’t recommend anything else as it’s too long since i’ve been there.

Thisisnotnormal69 Mon 07-Sep-20 21:53:41

@AuditAngel thanks! Good tip. Will look more of the betches up smile

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Thisisnotnormal69 Mon 07-Sep-20 21:53:56

*beaches! grin

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Burnthurst187 Mon 07-Sep-20 22:12:01

Do you like afternoon tea? I mean who doesn't like tea and cake!?

A couple of years ago we found an incredible little tea room in St Ives done out like your Grandma's back room. It was brilliant and like stepping back in time. Sorry I don't know what it was called!

MagMell Mon 07-Sep-20 22:26:33

The Leach Pottery is also worth seeing. And walk along the coastal path to Zennor to see the Zennor mermaid in the church and have a drink in the Tinners Arms. I’ve had beautiful food at the Gurnard’s Head near Zennor — take the bus from St Ives. Boat trip to Godrevy Lighthouse. Blas Burgers is good for something casual.

BitOfFun Mon 07-Sep-20 22:28:58

Watch out for bags of cats.

Foldinthecheese Mon 07-Sep-20 22:30:06

Take the train one stop along to Carbis Bay. It is unbelievably beautiful: the water looks like the Caribbean. Just be ready for a steep walk down from the station, and a steep walk back up again! Totally worth it, though.

ExclamationPerfume Mon 07-Sep-20 22:32:08

Spend hours looking for somewhere to park. That's what we seemed to do most.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 07-Sep-20 22:40:52

Don't go to Penzance. It's not great. St ives is wonderful. I took the train from St Earth and was amazed by the beaches. Didn't realise we had such beautiful beaches in the uk!

Thisisnotnormal69 Mon 07-Sep-20 23:24:07


Watch out for bags of cats.


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MagMell Mon 07-Sep-20 23:26:00

Nursery rhyme, OP. ‘As I was going to St Izvestia...’

MagMell Mon 07-Sep-20 23:27:00


middleager Tue 08-Sep-20 00:01:18

A pint outside The Sloop if you can!

Thisisnotnormal69 Tue 08-Sep-20 13:23:51

@MagMell Ah ok! I thought I had missed something about St Ives and cats grin

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Thisisnotnormal69 Tue 08-Sep-20 13:25:15

@ExclamationPerfume we’re not taking a car so luckily won’t have any of that!

@Toddlerteaplease Noted! We will be going there anyway to see family though.

@Foldinthecheese good tip, will go there!

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simonthedog Tue 08-Sep-20 13:28:59

Olive's Cafe in Island square does the best cream tea

Thisisnotnormal69 Tue 08-Sep-20 13:31:23

@simonthedog thanks, will put that on my map to visit!

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TheClitterati Tue 08-Sep-20 13:36:00

great advice I received from a local in St Ives after DD was attacked by seagulls while eating a pastie on the pier:

"You can't eat a pastie on the pier. If you want to eat outside in this town you must go into a small alley and face the wall!"

Barbara Hepworths gallery/garden is sublime.

MeOldBamboo Tue 08-Sep-20 13:37:08

Seafood at the Porthminster cafe!

Thisisnotnormal69 Tue 08-Sep-20 13:39:10

@MeOldBamboo already booked! Thanks!

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