To Do On A Rainy Day In St Ives

Posted by Select Cornwall

on 14/01/2022

Whilst we like to think of St Ives as always bathing in the wonderful Cornish sun all year around, the winter months here in Cornwall are subject to a fair few rainy and blustery day! But don’t you worry, there is plenty to do even when the sun isn’t shining, and we’ve put together our top 6 things to do in St Ives just for you!

1. Visit Tate St Ives!

A visit to Tate St Ives is must when visiting Cornwall. The sister gallery to Tate London hosts state of the art exhibitions from artists all over the globe! Whether you’re an art connoisseur or a total newbie, Tate is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon with stunning views!

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2. Stop for a hot drink!

There is no better way to warm up on a cold and rainy day by grabbing yourself a hot cup of caffeine or coco! St Ives is the perfect place for it, watch the hours go by and grab yourself a front row window seat overlooking the harbour or beach and relax whilst enjoying the warmth of your favourite brew!

Here are a few of our favourite spots!

1. Hub St Ives
2. The Pier Coffee Bar
3. Olives Café
4. West Beach Bakery
5. Porthmeor Beach Café
6. Tate St Ives Café

3. Lunch with a view!

I think almost all of Cornwall can agree when we say St Ives has some of the best places to eat out on the North coast! Everything from burgers to seafood and pub lunches to Asian or Mexican cuisine!

Take a look at just a few of our favourites below!

Hub St Ives
Porthminster Beach Café
Porthgwidden Beach Cafe
The mex
The St Ives Pizza Company
The Castle Inn
The Bean Inn
Talay Thai Kitchen
Surf Shack Cafe


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4. Winter walks on the beach

Whilst the rain upcountry might not be something to get excited about, a stormy day in Cornwall can be something spectacular! Make sure you’ve got your water proofs at the ready and check out a couple of our favourite walks below!

1. A scenic stroll from Tate to Carbis Bay
2. Three mile beach to godrevy head
3. A coastal beach from walk from Lelant to St Ives
4. Zennor to St Ives

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5. Water sports!

Porthmeor Beach – Popular with swimmers, surfers, body boarders and those who just want to relax, Porthmeor is the perfect place to catch some easy waves! If you’re wanting to learn, St Ives surf school provides lessons for everyone!

Gwithian beach in Hayle

Praa Sands – Just a short 30 minute away!


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6. Take a ride on the Cornwall’s most scenic Rail route!

One thing you really cannot miss when visiting St Ives are the gorgeous views from the rail route that runs along the coast of St Ives! It connects the seaside town with the rest of Cornwall and is truly stunning!

Why not jump on from Lelant or St Ives for only £3 and take in the breath-taking scenes on the 10-minute journey, before strolling back to where you started!