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7 Things to do in St. Ives, Cornwall


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St. Ives is a quaint seaside town and port, located in the heart of Cornwall, England.

Discover an array of beautiful beaches, charming cafes and adrenaline-packed activities. We suggest you add these to your must-do list if you venture southwest this summer...

1. Indulge in fresh seafood at the Seafood Cafe

Seafood lovers rejoice - Seafood Cafe, located at Fore Street, offers a mouth-watering selection of fresh seafood, supplied daily to their counter. Choose from a range of fresh fish, such as Cornish hake and crab cakes, sea bass fillets, local scallops, crispy calamari and fresh local lobster.

2. Soak up the rays at award-winning Porthmeor Beach.

Porthmeor Beach is the town’s most renowned surfing beach. With fine golden sands and twinkling blue waters, there is something on offer for everyone here. There are deck chairs, life guards and toilet facilities on site – not to mention Porthmeor’s Beach Cafe, where you can sit back and relax with a drink and take in the stunning views overlooking the crisp blue skies and gentle ocean.

3. Cruise, paraglide or surf alongside dolphins and seals at Seal Island.

Take a boat ride down the Cornish coast to Seal Island and Godrevy Lighthouse and spot Dolphins, Seals and Basking Sharks along the way. You can make further enquiries at the St Ives Boat Rides website.

4. Go and hunt for the best Cornish Pasties and ice cream St. Ives has to offer.

Cornish Pasties are undoubtedly a must when visiting the famous seaside port. Founded in 1985, Pengenna Pasties specialise in home-made pasties using original family recipes. Options include: Traditional Steak, Steak and Stilton, Lamb, Vegetable, and Cheese and Onion - plus they're a steal at £4 apiece. Just beware of seagulls wanting to steal your food...

5. Take a day trip to Land’s End.

Venture on a day trip to Britain’s most Westerly point, with stunning scenery and endless activities on offer. Land’s End is a legendary Cornish destination immersed in history and brimming with adventure. You can take bus number 300 from St. Ives, and arrive directly to Land’s end in as little as 1 hour and 30 minutes.

6. Catch an open-air performance at the world famous Minack theatre, with picturesque sea views.

Make a stop at the Minack Theatre, located only 4 miles from Land’s End, and enjoy a show at the ancient open-air amphitheatre perched on cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. Schedule your stay in St. Ives in line with what Minack Theatre has on offer here.

7. Dine alfresco whilst watching the spectacular sunset at Porthminster Beach.

End your day on a romantic note and catch the beautiful sunset whilst dining on the terrace of Porthminster’s Beach Cafe.  This photo says it all...

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