St Ives

Things to do

And place to visit….

St Ives

A picturesque Cornish town. which has its own sandy beach. A very pretty harbour and waterfront with plenty of art galleries, independent shops and great restaurants, serving locally sourced cuisine from the land and sea. There’s also the Tate St Ives, a branch of the world famous Tate Galleries.  Why not visit by train from Lelant Saltings.  The coastal views from the train are absolutely amazing and you’ll have the added bonus of not having to drive into St Ives, which can get very busy during the summer months.

Tate St Ives

Situated on Porthmeor Beach, Tate St Ives opened in 1993 to celebrate the modernist legacy of the town’s international artists colony. The gallery offers a lively programme that embraces the best of international modern and contemporary art, presenting temporary exhibitions, special commissions and works from the Tate Collection.

Open March-October; Daily 10.0-17.20, last admission 17.00 Open November-February; Tuesday -Sunday 10.00-16.20, last admission 16.00 Closed 24, 25 and 26 December.

Directions: Nearest station is St Ives station. Exit station and continue uphill, turning right at the top to get into the town centre.

St Michaels Mount

Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history. Stroll across the granite causeway where a legendary giant once walked and follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history, discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home.

Scale the fairytale turrets for dazzling views. Listen to live music on the village green and tuck into fresh local food in the Island Cafe or the Sail Loft Restaurant.

Open: March -November

Opening times aren’t standard, being influenced by the weather for example, therefore you are advised to call 01736 710507 for further information prior to your visit.

ParadisePark Wildlife Sanctuary

ParadisePark in Hayle, is a wildlife sanctuary, with tropical birds in exotic gardens and a huge Jungle Barn indoor play area for children. Set around sheltered Victorian gardens, ParadisePark is home to tropical birds plus otters, red pandas, red squirrels and a fantastic fun farm. It’s perfect for animal-lovers, garden-lovers and is great for energetic young children.

10:00 am-17:00 pm from April to end October – 10:00 am-15:00 pm between November and March

Directions: Nearest station is Hayle station. Walk down hill to Foundry Square. Take the Helston Road and follow the brown signs. Nearest major road is A30. Follow brown signs from St Ives roundabout on A30.

The National Seal Sanctuary

Set in 40 acres on Cornwall’s beautiful Helford estuary, the National Seal Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and releases over 40 seal pups a year, providing a refuge for the seals and sea lions that are unable to be returned to the wild.

In the Seal Rescue Centre you now don’t just learn about seal rescue, you can become a rescue volunteer yourself. Discover how to tube feed a seal pup and take its temperature

The real seals can be observed at their most graceful from underwater observatories

It isn’t only seals, sea lions and penguins that have a home at the Sanctuary, there are:

Playful otters on the beautiful woodland walk

The Nature Trail

Discover the rock pools on the Cornish Coast Experience, hosting a fantastic combination of different types of fish, crabs, oysters and anemones

The Sanctuary is also home to rescued ponies, goats, sheep and even a cat!

Interactive talks and feeding demonstrations

Cafe, BBQ and picnic areas

Children’s playground

The Sanctuary provides a permanent retirement for the most diverse collection of seals and sea lions in the UK.

Directions: From Helston take A3083 to the Lizard, once past Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose take first left at roundabout on B3293. After 1/2 mile take second turning left to Gweek. Follow road for 3 miles into Gweek village. Just before Gweek Inn turn right to Seal Sanctuary.

Open all year: 10am-16.00pm


As well as the great swimming pool at Tolroy Manor, why not try the Outdoor Hayle Swimming Pool. It is situated on Copperhouse Pool, at the end of the beautiful St. Georges Memorial Walk, and is a lovely location set in a lawned and bordered garden.

The Pool is open during the summer season with lifeguards provided by the Council 7 days a week.

For general enquiries please contact the pool on 01736 752568 during opening hours.

Indoor soft play

One2eleven is designed not just to stretch young minds and bodies but also has the parent in mind. Seating and catering facilities have been positioned around the play area creating the perfect opportunity for parents to watch and interact with children whilst enjoying a varied menu.

Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0QA | | Tel: 01326 554391


From walking routes across an inland path network of over 2,400 miles, or simply taking a stroll along your choice of beach or meander around one of Cornwall’s many beautiful gardens and estates; walking is one of the most popular activities in Cornwall and no surprise given the diversity of our natural landscape and the prestige gained from twelve designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

We have provided a book of Cornish walks in all of our cottages for your use.

Bird Watching

Hayle Estuary is one of the best places for wildlife in the UK.

In cold winters, as many as 18,000 birds have been seen here, because this most south westerly estuary in the UK never freezes. During spring and autumn, it is an ideal place to see migrant wading birds, gulls and terns. In summer, if you are lucky, you may catch sight of an osprey. The reserve is good for walking, with pushchair-friendly paths.

Getting here: The Estuary can easily accessed either from the A30, the main railway line or national cycle route number three.

For further information, please click on the RSPB links below.

For more ideas on what to do or where to go, why not checkout the Cornish Tourist Board website.  It’s a great site and full of useful information