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Your stay in St Ives
There are many things you can do while staying in St Ives, whether you stay near to the Hotel, or explore further afield. More active options include walking the coast path, snorkelling, surfing, horse-riding, golf, coasteering, ocean sports, boat trips (including fishing). You can explore the many local National Trust and other local gardens and stately homes, notably St Michael’s Mount and the Minack Theatre.
There is of course plenty of local culture to take in, with the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum stand out among local galleries. In the summer season you can visit the famous Minack Open Air Theatre, plus throughout the year, the Royal Cinema, Kids R Us Theatre and St Ives Guildhall in the town. There is an events guide to all that’s going on locally, including a weekly Farmers’ Market at the Guildhall.
There are many great places to eat in town, from pubs, fish & chip shops, cafés and high quality restaurants. There are also any number of places to buy Cornish Pasties, locally-made ice-cream, fudge and chocolates, and many other local delicacies. Of course, the sea-food here is exceptional.
Families with children may be interested in the Eden Project in St Austell, Paradise Park wild bird sanctuary and the many yearly attractions at Lands End, the Leisure Centre at the top of the town, the Lifeboat Museum and Gweek Seal Sanctuary. You can explore the area’s mining heritage at Poldark Mine and Geevor Mine, both including trips underground for those who are brave enough.
The beaches are stunning, with pale sand, nearby facilities, and plenty of space for all, and if you prefer your coast more rugged and unspoilt, there’s plenty of that close by as well. St Ives itself boasts four beaches within an easy walk of the Hotel – Porthmeor (sandy, ideal for sunbathing, with excellent surf), Porthminster (sandy, with calm seas – half a mile long, with café, near to the railway station), Porthgwidden (sheltered cove between the Island and the museum, with onsite café), Harbour Beach (a working harbour, with golden sands, right in the heart of town). Also close by are Lelant beach (Porthkidney – a mile from the parking at low tide) and Carbis Bay, both of which have large expanses of sand. Other beaches a little further out, which are well worth exploring, include Zennor, Sennen Cove, Godrevy (National Trust) and Hayle Towans.

Sand chairs are available for hire on Porthminster Beach – call the Beach Cafe. On 01736 795 352
The South West Coast Path almost crosses the Hotel’s doorstep. The path has been helpfully divided into 10-12 mile stages, of which the three closest are Hayle to St IvesSt Ives to Pendeen, Pendeen to Sennen Cove. Less well known than The South West Coast Path, St Michael’s Way crosses the hump of Penwith, from St Michael’s Mount to St Ives, and is an ancient pilgrimage route. Cornwall Council has a list of routes that can accommodate wheelchairs and/or pushchairs.

The coastal path from St Ives to Zennor village on the north coast of Cornwall is a rewarding walk for visitors to the town. Follow this impressive coastline along the signposted route takes just under 6 miles (9.5 Km) and takes on average about 4 hours.
The St Ives September Festival, and May’s Food and Drink Festival are great for visitors, as well as locals. At Christmas time the lights around the town, and others locally such as Mousehole and Angarrack, are well worth a visit. At New Year, St Ives hosts a huge fancy-dress New Year’s party.
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