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“Beautiful place even in the rain!!”

St Ives Harbour Beach
Ranked #13 of 63 things to do in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

I went here on a sunday afternoon and i went on a boat trip to see seals but seen dolphins too!! Amazing! All in st ives!!

Thank Antonia W
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"ice cream"
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"low tide"
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"lots of shops"
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"cornish pasty"
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"fishing boats"
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"pastry"
in 28 reviews
"plenty of places to eat"
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"watch the world"
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"quaint shops"
in 6 reviews
"lovely place"
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"sea front"
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"park and ride"
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"sea gulls"
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Not been here for a few years now. The harbour has not changed much. The shops behind the harbour front has changed though, for the better. Its a fantastic place to busy. Plenty of walks, beaches to visit etc. But just a nice place to visit and relax.

St Ives Harbour/Beach is a hype of activity all year round. Even in September it was reasonably busy all the shops open along the harbour front

My advice though is the following:

Catch a train, the station is just a ten minute walk to the heart of the town. Park & Ride at Lelant, outside Hayle is a must. Let the train take the strain, because parking at St Ives is a premium, a nightmare. If your lucky to get a car park space, prices are reasonable. Or if you wish catch a bus, First Bus/Kernow has a drop off point at the top of the hill, by the railway station, then a 5 minute walk to the harbour.

To make a day of it get there nice and early.

Thank Duncan H
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Pros:
There are lots of restaurants and the site seeing is very good.

As well as site seeing, we shared a pastie and had lunch in one fantastic restaurant that we found using Trip Advisor.

We enjoyed the few hours we spent there and took a number of photos.

There are a number of free WC's.

The cons:
After parking there is a 15 minutes walk down hill from St Ives. The walk back to the car was all up hill that can take 25 minutes. There is a bus service running. However, this is not easily to find information about.

We found the place very busy with people. Many, many people.

Summary:
We enjoyed the trip to St Ives and we would recommend. However, I personally would prefer not to return (My wife would). In summary, be prepared for hill walks back to the car park and for the place to be full of many, many people.

Use Trip Advisor to find your perfect restaurant. We did and we were not disappointed.

Thank tripsandfood55
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

This is a very popular destination so it will probably be busy. If this matters to you go early or later. That said on the beach (tide allowing) there is space to get away from the crowds. Shops/cafes very busy when we were there due to very mixed weather.
The seagulls can be a menace so keep your food close to you.

Thank Wendy119186363
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

St Ives harbour is really pretty. When the tide is out the harbour becomes a large sandy beach area. Its very pretty at both high and low tide.

Its possible to go out on various boat trips from the harbour. it even looked possible to hire a small engined boat for a couple of hours.

lots of places around the harbour to buy food. Pasties, ice cream and fudge shops are very popular.

The town gets very busy. There are a few car parks before you get to the town centre which are probably better then driving along the narrow streets. The narrow streets around the centre of the town are shared with pedestrians. Its slow going.

It gets busy because it really is one of the nicest places in the UK.

Thank whitlamabroad
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