St Ives: The UK’s ‘best seaside town’ holiday cottages

St Ives: The UK’s ‘best seaside town’

Arguably one of the best-known of Cornwall’s holiday resorts, St Ives is a truly beautiful holiday destination. The perfect balance for families, couples, singles and groups of friends, visitors continue to keep returning to the area year after year.

With stunning natural beauty, wonderful hospitality and excellent access to the rest of West Cornwall, including the world-famous attraction of Land’s End, we think it’s the ideal place to visit all year round.

Why? Let us explain…

What’s great about St Ives?

St Ives

Consistently named as one of the best UK seaside towns, St Ives has been recognised for its beauty both at home and abroad. In recent years, this Cornwall town has been named the UK’s “Best Seaside Town” by The Guardian newspaper, has won numerous Britain in Bloom awards for its exotic, floral scenery, and has seen one of its attractions, the Tate St Ives art gallery, named Art Fund’s Museum of the Year, the most lucrative museum prize in the world.

Festivals and events happen throughout the year in St Ives: from the Feast Day in February to the St Ives September Festival, the beautiful Christmas celebrations and New Year’s Eve fancy dress street party. There are also 12 beaches in and around the town, including the stunning Porthmeor Beach and St Ives Harbour Beach, surrounded by a whole host of wonderful independent eateries and shops.

Of course, those coming from further afield will need somewhere to stay – and we have just the thing in mind…

Why stay in a St Ives Holiday Park?

People enjoying the beach

Staying at one of our holiday parks in and around St Ives is one of the best ways to enjoy a holiday in the town. As a family or large group, they provide easy living and all the facilities needed to make the most of your time in Cornwall making for a truly relaxing holiday. Shops, washing facilities and entertainment centres are all within easy reach at a holiday park if not on the site themselves, providing everything you may need to make a holiday as easy as possible.

For couples seeking a romantic break with a difference, our holiday parks in St Ives can help make the most of one of the many accommodation types available. From camping under the stars together or glamping in a unique and luxurious pod to snuggling up together in a small chalet, a holiday in St Ives can be simple yet rewarding. Days and nights can be spent walking arm in arm along the harbour walls gazing out over the water while evenings can consist of dining out together.

Four-legged friends can also enjoy a Cornish break as we have a selection of dog-friendly holiday parks in St Ives and the surrounding areas. Discover fantastic dog-friendly beaches, countryside walks, and accommodating pubs for a bite to eat.

Top St Ives Holiday Parks:

St Ives Bay Holiday Park

St Ives Bay Holiday Park

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your St Ives Bay Holiday Park accommodation. Choose from wooden lodge style caravans with timber ceilings to contemporary camping pods via houses that sleep 10, all of which offer spectacular views. You’ll be right next to Hayle beach and it’s three miles of golden sands, too – perfect for beach games and walks.

St Ives Holiday Village

St Ives Holiday Village

Enjoy both coast and country during a stay at St Ives Holiday Village, a site set in more than 100 acres of woodland. The park has a wonderful, relaxing vibe, while a games room, swimming pool and play area will keep the kids amused throughout your stay. When the sun goes down, enjoy the nightly entertainment at The Rafters Club on-site, where dancing, discos and competitions await.

Beachside Holiday Park

Beachside Holiday Park

Set amongst rolling sand dunes, the purpose-built Beachside Holiday Park offers self-catering accommodation on a peaceful, coastal campsite. There’s much to do, including an adventure playground, swimming pools and a games room, while you can choose from a variety of accommodation: from comfortable chalets to stylish beachside lodges.

Toms Holidays

Toms Holidays

Toms Holidays is the perfect choice for families looking to immerse themselves in the fantastic West Cornwall coastline. The site has spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding areas, and is perfectly situated between both St Ives and Hayle, meaning you’ll have a huge number of beaches to explore! And, if you really want to have a beach-style holiday, stay in one of the site’s lovely beach chalets.

Tolroy Manor Holiday Park

Tolroy Manor Holiday Park

Built in the grounds of an old Cornish Manor, Tolroy Manor Holiday Park is ideal for a scenic Cornish family holiday. There’s plenty to do during your stay, too, with nightly entertainment in the fully licenced club free to all who stay there. There’s also a selection of bar food and takeaways available, meaning no cooking and no washing up to be done!

Riviere Sands

Riviere Sands

Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful white sands of St Ives Bay, a stay at Riviere Sands Holiday Park means having a breath-taking vantage point looking out across the surrounding coastline. It’s a short walk down to the beach, while there are plenty of on-site activities too, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a crazy golf course.


Taken on St Ives, but would like to look at more accommodation choices? Take a look at our range of St Ives holiday cottages, along with our full collection of B&Bs and hotels in Cornwall.

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