A Weekend Break in St Ives

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Sometimes I want to stay a bit closer to home so around this time last year myself and my boyfriend had an amazing weekend break to St Ives, Cornwall.

  • Where: St Ives, Cornwall
  • Month: September
  • For: Weekend (1 night)
  • Suited to: Couples
  • Accommodations: 1
  • Activities: 4 inc. coastal walking trails and the yearly art festival
  • Restaurant recommendations: 4
  • Cost (base): ~£190 pp (travel & accommodation)
  • Spending: £50/day pp (meals)

Sleeper Train

We hopped on the 2345 sleeper train from London towards Penzance on Friday night, then changed at St Erth for the train to St Ives (return: 2115 on Sunday).

St Ives

We arrive just after 8am and couldn't believe our luck with the weather – it’s so tropical that I had to remind myself I was in England!


Tregenna Castle Resort

Tregenna Castle Resort
Tregenna Castle Resort

Situated at the top of the hill overlooking the town – as great as the views were, they lost my attention to the even more amazing gardens!


Explore the town: The town is compact and easy to get around on foot, and there are mazes of little streets with pretty houses and colorful accents.

South West Coast Path: The trail is on either side of St Ives and England’s longest long-distance footpath.

South West Coast Path

It stretches for 630 miles (Minehead, Somerset to Poole Harbour, Dorset) and while we walked only a short stretch, we were rewarded with spectacular cliff views and more of that impossibly turquoise water.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

This was particularly exciting to visit because there’s an exhibition of Hepworth’s work at Tate Britain in London at the moment.

St Ives Art Festival: Hepworth isn’t the only British artist to have taken up residence in St Ives. During the two-week celebration of music and art, artists open their studios to visitors; we walked from studio to studio, talking with the artists and learning about their work in a way that brings the town’s artistic identity to life.


St Ives definitely lives up to the reputation it has gained over the years as one of Cornwall’s major foodie hubs – be sure to check out all of the below during your visit! It was almost unfair to only have two days to eat there..

Porthmeor Cafe

Porthmeor Cafe

We had some of our best meals here, serving great small plates on terraces overlooking the sand. Everything from monkfish to chorizo won us over, and we couldn't help going back for a second round to try more.

The Vintage Store

The Vintage Store

A stylish cafe where we had a sinfully good Cornish cream tea!

Porthminister Beach Cafe: We headed here for breakfast on our first morning – a great meal to start the trip!

Porthminster Kitchen: We had a nice dinner here on the Saturday night – get a seat on the terrace above the marina.

Ice cream stalls/Cornish pasty shop: Don't miss out – dotted all over St Ives with their colours and scents.

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Julie Falconer

London-based travel writer and speaker. Originally from San Francisco, I came to London after leaving a career in finance. Social media lecturer & speaker. Expat Californian.

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