St Ives is a well known town in Cornwall and one you’ll probably have hard of. It’s well known for its tourism in the summer time, the beautiful beaches, the expensive property and the art scene with the Tate gallery located here. It’s on the North coast of the Western tip of Cornwall and can be reached by car or by train and the train journey from St Erth to St Ives is pretty spectacular.
For locals, St Ives isn’t our most visited spot mainly because of how busy it gets in the Summer season. The town is pretty and quaint but it’s a pretty hefty stroll up to the top car park so when it’s busy, I’ll either get the train over or give it a miss. We recently headed down out of season and it was perfect, quiet but the shops were still open and the sun even came out a little bit.
There’s a lot to love about St Ives, whether it’s the beautiful hotels, the sea views or the boutique shops, there’s something for the whole family! I love to just stroll the quaint streets and enjoy the cute little homes and holiday cottages.
There are several beaches within St Ives to enjoy. The most popular being either Porthminster, Porthmeor or Carbis Bay beach which also means that in the busy seasons, you can beach hop to ensure you find a spot!
Looking across you can spot Godrevy lighthouse in the distance! If you’re lucky you will also spot seals here in the bay.
The food scene in St Ives is fantastic with local bakeries, cafes and many different cuisines to enjoy. There’s a fantastic Thai food place called Talay Thai on the beachfront, the birth place of Hubbox at Hub St Ives and pictured below the Rum and Crab Shack.
On this occasion our trip took us to Beer & Bird, a delightful fried chicken and craft beer place. It is delicious! I headed their with Alex and my parents and we all ordered different and couldn’t have enjoyed it more! I highly recommend the tacos and everyone loved the burgers – there’s veggie and vegan options too!
Another beautiful town in Cornwall, we do have some great places to visit, right?