Surrounding Area

St Ives is also the perfect base for taking day trips. Here are just a few ideas:

Tin mining once played an important part in Cornwall’s economy, find out more by visiting Levant, and Geevor mines.

For the more adventurous, take a trip by air or sea to the lovely Isles of Scilly. Day trips are available and run through the summer months.

The peninsular is at its narrowest point between St Ives and Marazion, which is one of the oldest chartered towns in the UK. From there you can visit St Michael’s Mount, the iconic castle set on a tidal island.

Penwith contains a great concentration of Bronze Age, Iron Age archaeological remains. Use this link to discover how to get to Men-an-Tol and other accessible sites.

Explore Truro, the only city in Cornwall. It has some fine Georgian architecture and the Cathedral spire dominates the skyline. It is the main shopping town of Cornwall with a wide range of independent shops and high street stores.

Porthcurno not only has a beautiful beach – The Telegraph Museum charts its fascinating history, when the place became a Victorian Silicon Valley. Porthcurno is also the home of the Minack Theatre, Cornwall’s world famous open air theatre.

Visit the Eden Project, which can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Its massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity and there are summer concerts as well as year-round family events.