Walking west from Carbis Bay the coastal footpath leads over Porthminster Point down onto the excellent Porthminster Beach. The beach Granted a Blue Flag Award for 2015, is very popular in Summer and in our opinion is the best beach in St. Ives. It is a long northeast facing beach of golden sand situated between the headlands of Pedn Olva to the northwest and Porthminster Point to the southeast. Porthminster beach is located in the heart of St. Ives close to a wide range accommodation and just below the bus and train stations. There are some excellent places to eat here after a hard day's soaking up the sun or swimming including the Porthminster Beach café, a multi award winning seafood restaurant or the St. Andrew Street Bistro just a short walk away along The Warren.
Points of interest near Porthminster include St. Ives Guildhall at Street-an-Pol; a wide range of art galleries and shops in the town centre; St Nicholas' Chapel atop St. Ives Island; St. Ives Museum overlooking Bamalûz Beach; The Art galleries of The Digey and the house where local artist Alfred Wallis (1855-1942) lived as well as the Tate St. Ives gallery, overlooking Porthmeor Beach. The Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) Sculpture Garden and Museum are located just above the Tate on Barnoon Hill.
Due to its shape, the majority of hotels, galleries, restaurants, shops and inns are all within easy reach using the myriad of alleyways and cut-throughs back to St. Ives town centre.
St. Ives is served by good transport links with the main bus station at the Malakoff, near Pedn Olva and the train station sited centrally just above Porthminster Beach.
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✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
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OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: