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St Ives - Porth Gwidden Beach

St Ives, Cornwall

A sheltered sandy cove (1/2km in length) with stone walkways as a backdrop.

Beach Type



Slip-way and toilets (including toilets for the disabled)

Nature and Wildlife

There are picturesque walks around the famous Island. Sea life such as dolphins and seals can often be seen off the beach. Bird life can also be seen around the Island.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by the lease holder and litter bins are provided. Dogs are banned from Easter Day until 1st October and dog litter bins are provided.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

St Ives Tourist Information Centre: The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DS Tel: 0905 252 2250. Website:


Nearest town: St Ives
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2173, -5.47405
Postcode: TR26 1NR
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around St Ives, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


Drive to St. Ives and follow signs for the Island Car Park. On foot you can either stroll through town via the harbour and follow the path round to Porthgwidden or follow the signs to the Island Car Park.

Public Transport

Bus routes 501 (summer only), 508, 516

Nearest Railway Stations

St Ives (Cornwall) (Less than a mile away)
Carbis Bay (About a mile and a half away)
Lelant Saltings (Approx. 3 miles away)
Lelant (Approx. 3 miles away)
Hayle (Approx. 3 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There approximately 50 car parking spaces available for a charge.

Nearby Car Parks

The Island, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Smeatons Pier, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Sloop, St Ives (Short stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Barnoon, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Porthmeor, St Ives (Short stay).
About 0.5 miles away
St Ives Station, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
The Stennack, St Ives (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Park Avenue, St Ives (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Trenwith, St Ives (Medium/Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Carbis Bay Station, St. Ives (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Ives