What To Do With 24 Hours In St Ives

24 Hours in St IvesI adored St Ives.

I’ve never been before, I KNOW, it’s almost as though everything south of Bristol really isn’t within walking distance of eachother. Weird.

Everyone I spoke to beforehand evangelised the pants off the place and I did have doubts that it would live up to expectations. No need to worry, the first thing I noticed about the insta-perfect cobbled streets of St Ives was how jam packed they were with dogs. More dogs than people, it might be my own personal heaven.

24 Hours in St IvesFur faces aside, St Ives is surrounded by spectacular beaches, Poldark-worthy countryside and more picture perfect pubs than you can shake a stick at.

I imagine that in the summer months, you wouldn’t be able to move without bumping uglies with a lot of other people. Out of season though? Parfait.
24 Hours in St IvesWhere to Stay
Heading down for just one night out of season, a hotel was the best bet for us. St Ives was made for AirBnB though so for anything longer we would have looked at this, this or this quirky little loft space.

For our one night we chose The Garrack  Hotel: dog friendly, people friendly and high on a hill overlooking St Ives town and bay. Breakfast was fab although they could have chucked a bowl of stale cornflakes at me, as long as it had that view. The communal areas were lovely, the room clean and the bed unfathomably huge.

24 Hours in St IvesThe Garrack is just a five minute wander down the hill into town (at least ten on the way up – that hill is a BEAST). There’s a campsite attached to the hotel too if that’s your bag, with direct access to the South West Coast Path.


24 Hours in St Ives
24 Hours in St IvesWhat to Do

Walk. With such a short time there, we really wanted to explore so after the Remembrance Sunday service in the town square we moseyed along the coast checking out Porthmeor Beach, Porthminster Beach and Carbis Bay along the way.

St Ives is also famous for its arts scene with an outpost of the Tate leading the way. Sorry, Tate St Ives is closed until next year for a refurb but the Barbara Hepworth museum is still open and wonderful. There are gazillions of other galleries to mooch around and whilst there we saw fliers for guided arts walks which sounds like a pretty spot on mode of transport to get the most out of your time there. Oooh and ghost tours, I saw fliers for ghost tours.

The town is stuffed with beautifully quirky little shops too, alongside the bigger brands if you really want to go all the way to the end of the country to buy a pair of Joules wellies that WILL split after a month (Not over it yet!)

24 Hours in St Ives

24 Hours in St Ives

24 Hours in St IvesWhere to Eat & Drink

We ate dinner at The Firehouse. The ground floor is dog friendly but book a table, it gets busy. They do incredible steaks, stonebaked pizzas and fresh local fish, all six of our groups meals were divine. And guys, there’s a gin bar downstairs. GIN BAR. Fist pump.

24 Hours in St IvesSt Ives has no shortage of quirky little pubs and restaurants to duck into, we chose the Rum and Crab Shack for pre-dinner drinks. p on the first floor and overlooking the harbour, the food menu looked pretty decent too.

On Sunday we moseyed up through the town, across fields and past cows to the teeny tiny village of Hallestown where the Hallestown Inn, also dog friendly, dished up the best roast dinner I’ve had in yonks.

24 Hours in St Ives

24 Hours in St Ives

24 Hours in St Ives

24 Hours in St Ives

24 Hours in St IvesSo there, 24 hours in St Ives and we really didn’t even scratch the surface (the sun shone so we ended up in the great outdoors).

Go visit, find other awesome stuff, come back and tell me about it. Or let me know your favourite bits for the next time I visit.

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  • Stephanie Dreams

    oooo loved this! I keep wanting to do St Ives again, we only had a quick passing visit one afternoon when we met up with friends.
    I will keep these dog friendly places in mind though.
    Pooch photos= THE BEST! XX
    Love Stephanie Dreams

  • Ah it looks amazing! I will get to Cornwall at some point soon!!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Appreciate the Day

    Right St Ives is going on the exploring list! It looks lovely and the sun shone – bonus! Anywhere with a view like that and a beautiful sunset/rise is a good place in my books. Plus a beach and you’ve got me covered. Are you lovely pooches available for loan?
    Kate xx

  • Being from North Devon I completely relate to when people think everything in the South West is close to each other. Devon is a HUGE county, let alone how long it takes to get ANYWHERE. I think Padstow is as far down into Cornwall I have been, but St Ives is 100% on my list! Lovely photos xx

  • St Ives looks amazing. I have never been to Cornwall before and I know I really need to make the effort because it all looks so beautiful. x

    Daydreams of Summertime

  • I love St Ives – I went for 10 days with my friend and her family in 2012 and I think it was my favourite holiday. Amazing food and jewellery shops which is all I really need from life!

  • I’ve only been down to Devon once, never as far as Cornwall, but there’s so much there that tickles my fancy that I definitely need to make a return visit… maybe with a furry friend in tow. Who knows.

    I have become all things dog obsessed so the only thing I took away from this post was “dog friendly”.

  • I’ve never been to St Ives but everyone raves. Good shout going in the off season.

    K.

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