• Zennor Head
  • Seal watching
  • Tate St Ives

Our Top 5 Things to do in St Ives

St Ives is one of Cornwall’s best-loved holiday destinations, whether you’re visiting on a family holiday or a romantic break, there are plenty of opportunities to explore all year round! To inspire you, we’ve put together our must-see sights during your stay:

1. Walking the Coastal Path

Have you walked the coastal path from St Ives to Zennor Head? Setting off from Porthmeor Beach, walkers will be rewarded with Zennor’s spectacular Sea Views and beautiful coastal scenery. Treat yourself to a pitstop at The Tinner’s Arms – a traditional, friendly pub with a wonderful seasonal menu that changes daily. If the sun is shining, Moomaid of Zennor offers a luxury range of Cornish ice creams sorbets. If you’re looking to take in the fresh sea air, we’ve written a handy guide to Zennor, detailing our chosen route and top tips to get you started.

Zennor Head

2. Watching the Waves

Wild waves take centre stage, particularly during the winter months. Be sure to wrap up warm and head to the coast to catch these magnificent natural displays! Wave watching is an exhilarating activity for an autumn or winter break in St Ives and afterwards, it provides the perfect excuse to head back to your holiday cottage and cosy up by the fire.

Wild Waves, St Ives Harbour

3. Visiting the Tate

Nestled into the hillside of Porthmeor Beach, Tate St Ives is a jewel in St Ives’ bustling art scene. Here you can discover their incredible collection of British artworks spanning the twentieth century, alongside a constantly evolving programme of contemporary exhibitions. Learn all about St Ives’ impact on the art-world and the legacy of local artists including Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Peter Lanyon.


Tate, St Ives

4. Exploring the Harbour

No summer holiday in Cornwall would be complete without visiting the Iconic St Ives Harbour. Relax and watch the world go by as local fishermen bring in their daily catches or take a stroll along the sandy shore of St Ives Harbour beach. Amongst the hustle and bustle, you’ll be spoilt for places to pick up a traditional Cornish pasty or ice cream, just make sure the seagulls don’t snap them up first!

St Ives Harbour

5. Spotting the Seals

Cornwall’s coastline is a paradise for nature lovers who can visit the resident Atlantic Grey Seal colony near Godrevy. These curious creatures love to peek above the water and, if you’re lucky, you could catch a glimpse of their adorable pups too! The autumn and winter months tend to be the best time for this, but you can always enjoy seal spotting in the summer sunshine! Boat trips leave from St Ives every hour, so pack your binoculars or camera as whales, dolphins and sharks have also been known to visit the surrounding waters.

Atlantic Grey Seal, Godrevy


So what are you waiting for? With so much to see and do, St Ives is an idyllic holiday destination to escape, relax and unwind. For all of your accommodation needs, we have a stunning range of self-catering holiday homes, plus dog-friendly cottages and apartments so none of the family are left behind!

Take a look at our latest availability and book your Escape to St Ives. Only thing left is to do is to start packing your bags!

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