Explore Cornwall by Train: St Ives Bay

St Ives Bay Line, Visit Cornwall

Possibly the most scenic rail trip in Cornwall, the St Ives Branch line, takes you into the heart of one of Cornwalls favourite tourists destinations without the worry of finding a car parking space!

If using the mainline, change at St Erth Railway Station, or you can begin your trip at Lelant Saltings where a dedicated Park and Ride makse your journey that much easier. The cost to park is £2.80 and you will need to buy a train ticket as well. You can bring along your furry friend as dogs travel for free as long as they are on a lead. The journey only takes 15 minutes with impressive views out to sea for most of the journey. 

Before you go onto St Ives you can stop at Carbis Bay. This provides you with access to the South West Coast path if you enjoy walking or you can spend part of your day at the beautiful beach, which is owned by the Carbis Bay Hotel. It is surrounded by sub-tropical plants and lapped by stunning turquoise waters, it is also an award-winning Blue Flag 2018 Beach. 

Following your time spent at Carbis Bay you can continue by train into the popular town of St Ives. St Ives is a  subtropical oasis where the beaches are superb, the vegetation is lush and the light piercingly bright, with such a stunning location it is no surprise it has captured the imagination of artist from the 1800s. If you enjoy art you can visit the Tate St Ives, which is one of only four Tate galleries around the world. Tate St Ives celebrates the modernist legacy of the town’s international artists’ colony, offering a lively programme that embraces the best of international modern and contemporary art.  It is situated above Porthmeor beach and near Porthminster Beach where you can enjoy the surf and the views across to Godrevy Lighthouse.  Explore St Ives through the narrow streets, home to a number of fisherman cottages and self catering properties where you can stay, find out more here. As you head towards the harbour discover a number of delicious eateries and there are numerous independent shops to enjoy.