Find Things to do in St Ives Cornwall
If you are thinking about visiting Cornwall, there are plenty of wonderful things to do in St Ives and something for everyone. St. Ives is a beautiful seaside town with plenty of fresh air, outdoor activities and delicious seafood. The cliff-top views, picturesque beaches and charm of the ancient city will make you fall in love with this place. We had a wonderful visit in the springtime and I have compiled a list of top places to visit below.
1. Go swimming at Porthmeor Beach
This half-mile of beach is perfect for swimming and paddling around. It is also a great place to enjoy a picnic on a warm day. The beach is a especially popular for surfing all year round! If you are interested in a lesson, you will find St. Ives Surf School situated centrally on the beach.
Porthmeor Beach is also close to the centre of St Ives where you can enjoy pubs, cafes and galleries. This beach has also been given the Blue Flag Award 2013 which recognises the beach in terms of water quality, environmental management, safety and education. You can learn more about Blue Flag Beaches here.
Location: Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives, Cornwall TR26 1JZ (see map)
Where to eat: There is a cafe right on the beach, Porthmeor Beach Cafe, with good food and nice service. Or you can head into the centre of St. Ives where there are dozens of great restaurants only one minute away.
2. Explore the Chapel of St. Nicholas
This small chapel is perched on ‘The Island’ of St Ives. No one knows when it was built but records indicate it had repairs in the 15th Century. St. Nicholas is known as the patron saint of children and sailors, making this chapel dedication appropriate. Throughout the years, the chapel has served as a place of worship, a look-out for revenue officers in the 18th Century, and a store for the War Office who partially demolished it in 1904. It was restored in 1911 to commemorate the Coronation of King George V.
This place is perfect for bird watchers. Discover benches around the chapel for a moment of peace and quiet. Watch the crashing waves fall onto the rocks below.
Location: St Nicholas’s Chapel, The Island, St Ives (see map)
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Find Tripadvisor’s list of the 10 best places to stay in St Ives here and book your stay.
3. Grab a pint at The Sloop Inn Pub
If you like drinking ale and indulging in fresh seafood, The Sloop Inn is the perfect place. This very old inn (believed to be dated back to 1312) has tons of character and cosy sitting area. The pub is known for serving up local ale like Doom Bar and dishes like seafood tagliatelle. Have lunch or dinner from their bar menu or seafood restaurant. Meals are reasonably prices (averaging around £10 a dish).
Location: The Sloop Inn, Saint Ives, Cornwall TR26 (see map)
Website: The Sloop Inn
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4. Or some fish at The Seafood Cafe
The Seafood Cafe offers a selection of fresh local seafood, Cornish meats and a range of poultry. These mains are accompanied by fresh salads, potatoes and servings of chips. The best part about this place is that you get to choose your own seafood before eating it! This restaurant is nice for an evening out. Expect to pay around £20 a person for dinner and drinks. When we visited, I had a delicious serving of fresh plaice.
Location: 45 Fore Street, Saint Ives TR26 1HE (see map)
Website: The Seafood Cafe
5. Play in the sand at Carbis Bay
This beach has beautiful sand and gorgeous views of St Ives harbour. It is a popular place for families to relax during the day and for children to play in the calm water. This is also a tranquil location by night to come and watch the sun come down.
Location: Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall (see map)