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Travel Guide to holidays in... St Ives, Cornwall, England

The seaside resort of St Ives, in Cornwall, sits just west of Camborne and to the north of of Penzance. Traditionally a fishing village the town thrives today as a popular holiday resort, known for its superb sandy beaches, as well as being the outlet for the works of a number of local artists.

In addition to road and coach servives (including regular National Express coaches to and from London) St Ives also has its own railway station, linking it to Penzance, and ultimately London.

With a range of holiday accommodation including hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and self-catering, both in St Ives and also the neighbouring Carbis Bay, this popular resort is not only a great location in its own right but also provides an excellent base for a Cornish holiday within easy reach of many other local beaches and tourist attractions such as Flambards and the Eden Project. Follow the links to find holiday cottages and lets available in this area on Go2, or view the surrounding area on the map below.

North Cornwall

Wilder and more rugged than the south of the county, North Cornwall is a land of tall headlands, sandy beaches and empty moorland – yours to explore from one of our holiday cottages in North Cornwall. The busy resort of Newquay is a major attraction, with its glorious beaches and fantastic conditions for surfers. Nearby Perranporth also boasts some fantastic beaches, perfect for sun-lovers. You’ll find many more lovely beaches, like those at Bude for example, waiting for you on one of our North Cornwall cottage holidays. This part of Cornwall has become a bit of a mecca for food lovers too. Rick Stein has put Padstow on the map and more chefs, including Jamie Oliver, are joining him, attracted by the quality of the ingredients available locally. Then there is St. Ives, long a haunt of artists drawn here by the wonderful light and inspiring scenery. A cottage holiday in North Cornwall puts you in touch with history from ancient celtic times to the days of the smugglers. Tintagel Castle, rumoured to be the birthplace of King Arthur, sits high on a cliff and still has a strange air of mystery about it.

South Cornwall

Wonderful scenery, a mild climate, sparkling blue seas and charming seaside villages make South Cornwall a firm favourite for cottage holidays whatever the season. And we have a fabulous choice of holiday cottages in South Cornwall from which to make the most of this lovely part of the country. The Cornish Riviera takes in some of South Cornwall’s most popular resorts and many of our holiday cottages in South Cornwall are located nearby. Picturesque Fowey is a haven for sailors, while the Roseland Peninsula is a noted beauty spot. Mevagissey, St. Mawes and St. Just are all well worth a visit. Not to be missed is the Eden Project, a fascinating recreation of different biospheres, featuring a wide variety of exotic plantlife. You should also make time for a trip to atmospheric St. Michael’s Mount and on to Land’s End, the most westerly point in England. The county town of Truro has a lovely cathedral and some excellent shopping opportunities, while Penzance is a bustling resort, famed for its warm weather and sub-tropical plants. And do make sure you sample the pasties, saffron cake and clotted cream – all local delicacies, – during your cottage holiday.

Read more about St Ives at Wikipedia, or... Find holiday cottages and lets in St Ives with Go2.

Map of St Ives

Use the map below to view St Ives and its surrounding area. Controls are provided to allow for zooming in and out, scrolling around, and setting the map to satellite or terrain views.

Accommodation in St Ives

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What to Visit and Where to Eat in St Ives

Wondering what to do when you get there? Where to visit? How to keep the kids quiet? Have a browse of the great 'Days Out With The Kids' website to get some ideas.

Find days out and attractions in St Ives

Hungry? For great restaurants and cafes in St Ives pay the following sites a visit...

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Sugarvine - UK Restaurant Guide

For more great dining in St Ives visit Sugar Vine

If you like walking then be sure to visit the following site before heading off to St Ives...

Walks Around Britian

Walks Around Britain - Britain's only walking website with video walks. Walking routes, maps, information and more about walking in Britain - on DVD and Blu-ray too.

Finally, if you're packing your cycles and want to find some great routes in the St Ives area then... - should have all the information you'll need. As well as cycle routes this site is also packed with information, guides, a store and its own forums.

The Weather in St Ives

Will it rain or will it shine? Here's the outlook for St Ives over the next few days...

How to Get There - Your Transport Travel Guide to St Ives

Transport tavel guide to St Ives

That's it - you've decided. You've read our travel guide to St Ives and you're convinced. St Ives is the place for you. So, how do you get there? Just follow the helpful links below...

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Travelling to or from Ireland? Don't forget the ferry! Not only does it give you the freedom of taking your own car but it provides a superb experience of travelling by sea and exploring the coastline. With convenient routes between Holyhead and Dublin, or Pembroke and Rosslare, we recommend Irish Ferries for great, low-cost, transport. They are the leading Irish ferry company and provide both an excellent service, and excellent prices.

User Guides

St Ives is a harbour town on the north Cornwall coast and is a place to be visited, as there is something for everyone. Narrow, sometimes steep, streets with specialist and independent shops and restaurants, lead down to the harbour. As there is so much going on, it makes for an ideal base to have a holiday in the far region of Cornwall. The harbour area is attractive, with many water-front pubs and restaurants. This summer (2011) I even saw 2 seals come right into the harbour looking for food ! So are there any downsides to St Ives ? Yes, two. Firstly, it is a victim of its own success in that in high-season it gets extremely busy with tourists. Not just in the daytime, but also the evening, where there is a very lively atmosphere but the crowds can mean finding somewhere to eat can be difficult. Second, the car parking access is very poor (and very expensive) - the main car park is a 15 minute walk up a very steep hill (returning to the car.) This is not the fault of St Ives of course - it was built years before tha motor car was ever dreamt of ! On the positive front however, there is a park and ride train service to St Ives. Do not let these negative aspects put you off though - certainly visit, but if you do NOT like crowds, then the most you may want here is a day....on the other hand, if you want to stay somewhere with a lively atmosphere, this is the place for you.
Cliff, Cranfield
10 November 2011

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