There is SO much to see and do in one of the UK’S most renowned destinations

There are many reasons why St Ives continues to be such a must-visit holiday destination, and why visitors return to the town year after year. Its history, its stunning coastline, the unique, unspoiled layout of its quirky cobbled streets and alleyways, its fishing heritage, artistic reputation, pubs and restaurants…the list could go on and on. For some, a perfect visit to this picture-postcard fishing village might consist of nothing more than a day playing in waves and the fine sand of Porthmeor Beach, maybe followed by a proper Cornish pasty and an ice cream. Other’s idea of heaven may be an afternoon browsing the paintings and sculptures of both the up and coming, and the legendary, historic artists that have been drawn for centuries to the unique light and landcapes of St Ives. However you get your kicks, this town remains alluring to visitors from across the globe, and there is nowhere better to be in the summertime. Below are a few suggestions for things to do if you are lucky enough to find yourself in St Ives in the summer months

Boat TripS

Hop aboard a boat from St Ives Harbour and experience the Cornish coast from a different perspective. Spot seals and maybe even dolphins as you cruise around the dramatic, rugged coastline, catching a few fish on the way if you fancy! St Ives Boat Trips are one of the accredited operators that you will find by the harbour, and they offer daily Seal Island boat trips & fishing trips on the Tiger Lilly, which are both family & dog friendly.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

For art and history lovers and anyone that appreciates things of true beauty, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture garden is a must visit. The museum was opened in 1976 by Hepworth’s family, following the wishes expressed in her will, and the museum has been owned and run by the Tate Gallery since 1980. It contains the largest group of Hepworth’s works, permanently on display at Trewyn Studio and garden where she lived and worked from 1949 until her death in 1975.

Surfing at PorthmeoR

Porthmeor is one of many stunning, sandy beaches within walking distance of the main town, that are dotted around the coastline of St Ives. Framed by fisherman cottages and rugged, granite headlands, the beach is perfect for family fun time, and is also the recipient of the rolling Atlantic swells (though due to its slightly north-facing aspect, it is more sheltered than some other nearby beaches). This makes it perfect for catching a wave, and for those who are not already proficient, the fantastic St Ives Surf School will get you up and riding in no time.


Yet another famous (with good reason) beach in the area, boasting fine, white sands and turquoise waters, is Porthminster. You’ll be less likely to find surfable waves here, so grab an ice cream, pop on the sunglasses and chill out instead. This must be one of the most photographed spots in St Ives due to its vivid colour pallette and Mediterranean vibes…

St Ives bay Train Line

This is not your average train journey! This short, but absolutely breathtaking route offers spectacular views as the line sweeps along the coast past the golden sands of Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay before arriving in St Ives. Leave the car at a station en route, and hop on this short train ride which terminates a brief stroll from the town centre and beaches. Remember to get the camera ready!

Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives continues to push boundaries with its wide ranging displays featuring pieces from both the most exciting, up and coming artists as well as world, renowned household names that have helped make St Ives such an important part of the UK’s artistic history. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Tate St Ives showcases work by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Marlow Moss, Naum Gabo and Patrick Heron, whose captivating works have brought international attention to St Ives and West Cornwall. Alongside displays from the Tate collection, the gallery presents modern and contemporary art from around the world through a dynamic exhibitions programme.


Shopping in St Ives is a treat for the senses with an interesting and eclectic range of independent retailers tucked away in a maze of winding, cobbled roads and alleyways. Here you can find everything from cafes to fishmongers, clothes retailers to jewellery makers, surf shops to delicatessens, and everything in between. Be sure to leave some time to explore the shopping streets of St Ives, you never know what you’ll find…


A mere stone’s throw from Una, the sweeping, sandy expanse of Carbis Bay is an idyllic sanctuary, the start of a stretch of unspoiled coastline that seems to go on for ever…Carbis Bay is a playground for families, watersports enthusiasts and anyone that loves the great outdoors and Cornish beaches…let’s face it, who doesn’t?

stay at una and experience the best that st ives has to offer

A break at Una allows exploration and adventure, or the ultimate rest and relaxation. With award winning leisure facilities and restaurant, and luxurious one, two, three and four bed lodges and villas, with private hot tubs, you may choose to just kick back and stay on site, but for those with the urge to explore, stunning St Ives is on your doorstep…