Self Catering in St Ives

St Ives offers a choice of beaches, stunning views, great surf, a wide range of places to eat and some of the finest art galleries in the UK. No wonder people come back year after year.


With the benefit of the mildest climate in the UK, along with waving palm trees and translucent waters, there is a definite tropical feel to St Ives.

St Ives, Cornwall

So much choice

St Ives has a huge choice of self catering properties to choose from, to suit every budget. It's also got five fantastic beaches to choose from, these range from Porthmeor, with its almost constant surf, to the family friendly Porthminster nestled below the railway station. In-between you have Town Beach, always busy and with every facility near by, and the two east facing beaches, Porthgwidden and the tiny Bamaluz, reached by steep steps below the museum.

All are within easy reach of the heart of the town and all its facilities. So, whether it’s sandcastles, sandwiches or a swell that you are looking for, St Ives has a beach for you. The problem is deciding which one to choose?

And if it’s out of season, nothing beats a bracing walk along a windswept beach, followed by a warming drink in a St Ives pub, or a visit to a gallery.

For more details on self-catering in and around St Ives, click on the link below.

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FAQ's St Ives

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  • Dogs are welcome on Harbour beach except between the 1st July and the 31st August (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

    Dogs are welcome on Porthminster beach except between 15th May and 30 September (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

    Dogs are welcome on Porthgwidden beach except from the 1st July to the 31st August between 10am and 6pm when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

    Dogs are welcome on Porthmeor beach except between 15th May and 30 September (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

    Dogs are allowed on Bamaluz beach all year around.

  • To use an overused term, it has something for everyone! Kids love the beaches, surfers love the beaches, adults love the beaches! There's the art, the views, the coastal walks, the trips out to Seal Island, the harbourside pubs....

  • Yes you can, the best way is along the South West Coast Path which leaves Hayle and follows the estuary inland past the RSPB nature reserve. It then heads for Lelant before rounding the mouth of the estuary on the west side and heading through Carbis Bay to St Ives.

    Approximately seven miles of easy walking, should take about three hours to complete.

    You can catch a bus back.

  • Yes, once you get down into the town. The main carpark is up on the hill, but there are hoppa-busses that take you down into the centre.

    Although the town centre is not pedestrianied, it's never too busy with vehicles and easy to browse the shops and galleries.

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