Reasons To Stay St Ives

Summer 2019 St Ives  Cornwall

We can give you many great reasons for coming and staying in St Ives , and here they are below: A wonderful selection of things to DO and See in St Ives , and just minutes from the Garrack Hotel, by car, and by foot not much more.

Take your dog with you

During late October, dogs are welcome on St Ives beaches during the day. So, if you fancy a holiday with your pet, now’s the time.  We have a few dog-friendly rooms at The Garrack, and you’ll find that many of the eateries in town are happy for your pooch to join you.

The roads are mostly quite

Suddenly, all the traffic seems to melt away after half term. Sure, you’ll get stuck behind a tractor or two, but otherwise, the roads are your oyster. Because of this, travelling out of St Ives is less of a chore than in the height of summer. It just takes minutes to reach Penzance and Hayle, and the A30’s a dream.

Parking is available

Anyone who’s been to Cornwall in August will understand why this is such a bonus.  Most of The Garrack’s guests park up and leave their car here; however if you need to park in St Ives, you can usually drive straight into a space. And it’s cheaper out of season too.

Get in the Sea

You can still surf, or have a go at a range of watersports, either at St Ives Surf School or just round the coast at Ocean Sportsin Carbis Bay. But for goodness sake, get a winter wetsuit. (If you go for a  dip, please be aware that the beaches are not lifeguarded at this time of year)

It’s warmer

Cornwall is known for its mild winters, which give us our beautiful subtropical gardens. We can’t guarantee dry weather; however it’s very, very unlikely that you’ll need to scrape your car in the mornings.

We’re occasionally asked if St Ives shuts down after the summer. Happily, it doesn’t. There are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop all year round. And it’s a superb town for  a spot of Christmas shopping.

The trains

And you’ll get a seat! Take this stunning little railway journey along the coast for beautiful views of St Ives Bay and Hayle Estuary. Get off at Lelant Saltings and call into our wine merchants, Scarlet Wines, to shop or enjoy a coffee in their inviting cafe.

 Photographs shoots

With that striking autumn light, and very few photo-bombers, it’s the perfect month for landscape photography. Stride up to Knills Monument or up Trencrom Hill for panoramic shots, or walk to the Malakoff in town for that classic St Ives harbour shot.

There’s plenty to do

If November does get a bit wet and mizzly, there’s plenty to do indoors. As well as the shops and galleries in town, the fascinating Geevor Tin Mine Museum is just down the coast road. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth is another favourite (Falmouth in general is a great place to spend a day), and of course there’s always the Eden Project (which is a superb place to go at this time of year – quieter, but still lots on. 

The Tate

Tate St Ives has just reopened after a major refurbishment, and it’s a really exciting place to spend an afternoon. One of the new galleries is dedicated to exploring modern art in St Ives. If you’d like to discover more Cornish art, head over to Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance, and Newlyn  Art Gallery.

Cosy  St Ives corner

Warming up by a cosy fire after a good stank (Cornish for “brisk walk”) along the windswept beach is one of November’s real pleasures. Find a nook in a pub, or a cafe that serves hot chocolate with a view of the waves. You’ll often find a singer or a band in a St Ives pub: the perfect way to spend an autumnal evening. Look out for the Shanty Shout on the 24th and 25th of November in The Castle Inn.

Don’t forget There’s a special 3 for 2 offer at The Garrack

As you can see, two nights definitely won’t be enough time to explore St Ives in November. Book two nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at The Garrack and enjoy a third night bed & breakfast on us. How can you resist? We’ll see you soon!

The beaches are amazing

Forget all that sandy-sunblock-summer stuff: this is the time to chill out on a St Ives beach. Imagine large sweeps of sand which are largely empty, the beautiful Atlantic crashing against the shore… Then you get those perfect late autumn days, where the famous St Ives light is purely magical. There’s something really wonderful about walking on a wintery beach, well-wrapped up. And as an extra bonus…


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