Places to visit outside St. Ives
COVID-19 UPDATE. Many attractions are now only admitting visitors who have pre-booked their tickets online. You may also need to book an arrival time slot. Most indoor cafes and restaurants are currently closed, but takeaway outlets are available. Please see the individual websites for up to date information.
St. Michael’s Mount
St. Michael’s Mount is an incredible sight to behold, a castle atop an island hill. When the tide is out, the old stone causeway emerges and you can walk across to the island (check tide times), and when the tide is in, enjoy a quick boat ride across. Explore the castle (look out for the giant’s stone heart) and beautifully landscaped gardens. Please note that it is not open on Saturdays. COVID-19 UPDATE. The castle is currently closed. The gardens are only open on a select number of days, when the tide is low, as no boats are running.
The Minack Theatre
Our favourite attraction in Cornwall and a must-see! The Minack Theatre is a breath-taking open-air theatre built in to the cliff face, with beautiful views of Porthcurno beach and the coastline. Enjoy a daytime visit, or check out their exciting programme and enjoy an evening or matinee performance. COVID-19 UPDATE. The theatre is open for visits, but all shows have been cancelled for the season.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is an eco-paradise celebrating conservation and sustainability. Huge biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, as well as a taste of the Mediterranean, literally, in their restaurant in the Mediterranean biome. Wander around the landscaped gardens and enjoy the exhibitions.