Destination guide

Saint Ives is a bustling seaside resort

Situated on the north Cornish coast, the once-sleepy fishing village of Saint Ives is today one of Britain's most cosmopolitan seaside resorts. Its beach – a seductive stretch of soft golden sand that vanishes into an expanse of turquoise water – has been named one of the finest in Europe, while its remarkable light quality has inspired legions of artists over the centuries, most famously the legendary landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Meanwhile, its enchanting cobbled streets are home to chic boutiques, cosy cafes and an increasing proliferation of fine-dining restaurants. Saint Ives holiday rentals run the gamut from simple bungalows to ostentatious seafront homes, so there's truly something for everyone.

Things to do

Saint Ives' astonishing art scene

Housed in a striking oceanfront building inspired by the gas works it replaced, Tate St Ives is a world-renowned gallery, which plays host to a programme of ever-rotating exhibitions celebrating the best of modern and contemporary art. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is another must-see for culture vultures. Here, you can learn all about the life and work of one of Saint Ives' most famous former residents, the pioneering 20th-century sculptor who helped transform the town into a thriving centre for the arts. For a fun-packed family day out take the troop to Flambards Theme Park, where you can explore a life-size Victorian village, before getting your adrenaline fix on a host of nerve-wracking thrilling rides.

Activities

Aquatic adventures and evening exploits in Saint Ives

For many, a trip to Saint Ives revolves around the beach. In summer, the gently crashing waters offer ideal conditions for novice surfers, while the experts show up in winter for more challenging waves. If you'd rather try your hand at easier-to-master aquatic pursuits, you can explore the rugged coastline by kayak or standup paddle board. Or perhaps you're content to simply lounge around and soak up some rays. Once the sun goes down, you can retreat to a cosy traditional pub to sample local ales and ciders, or dress to impress and splurge on cocktails in a stylish seafront bar.

Weather

Sun-drenched summers in Saint Ives

Saint Ives holiday rentals are in particularly high demand throughout the peak summer season of June to August, when the days are typically pleasantly warm, with plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies. The weather is also generally very agreeable in the shoulder months of May and September, when you may find it a little easier to land a good deal on accommodation. Early spring and late autumn tend to be fresh, and winters can get rather chilly, but Cornwall's climate is the mildest and sunniest in the entire UK. However, rainfall is common at all times of year, so be sure to pack something waterproof.

Natural features

Saint Ives' mesmerising marine life

Within moments of leaving the comfort of your Saint Ives holiday rental, you can be immersed in a world of unspoilt natural spectacles. A highlight for many visitors is a peaceful boat trip out to Seal Island, a rocky inshore island that's home to a colony of adorable Atlantic grey seals. If you're extra lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of other mesmerising marine creatures, such as basking sharks, dolphins or porpoises. Saint Ives is also a haven for birdwatchers. With a little planning and patience, you may be able to spot everything from cute puffins to majestic peregrine falcons.

How to get there

Travelling to and around St Ives

The nearest airport is in Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), located 26.9 mi (43.3 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, St Ives Station, Carbis Bay Station and Lelant Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around Saint Ives?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,006 holiday lettings near Saint Ives. From 706 Cottages to 809 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Saint Ives is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Saint Ives?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Saint Ives. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • St Ives Harbour: 3,177 holiday lettings
  • Porthminster Beach: 2,850 holiday lettings
  • Porthmeor Beach: 2,821 holiday lettings
  • St Ives Station: 2,835 holiday lettings
  • Tate St. Ives: 2,824 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Saint Ives listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Saint Ives?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 706 Cottages in Saint Ives. Our other popular types of Saint Ives holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 809 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 384 self catering accommodations
  • Chalets: 28 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Saint Ives?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 128 holiday homes with pool available in Saint Ives. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.