Things To Do

It’s hard not to find an activity in St.Ives to fill your time, here are a few ideas and suggestions.


The Porthmeor Beach Café is one of the most popular in town, with its delicious tapas and tasty meals we suggest booking early in peak season!

Only seconds from the Hotel, Porthminster Café has one of the best reputations in town. The restaurant is an award winning restaurant specialising in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine. Open throughout the year for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Situated at the end of the Harbour Front Caffe Pasta appeals to all ages and offers a great selection of specials. With stunning views of the Harbour and Porthminster Beach this is a great option to eat out.

With fresh local fish and shellfish, prime meats and free range poultry the seafood café offers a wide range of options for you to enjoy. The restaurant is always busy with a warm atmosphere.

Just off the main strip The Black Rock is definitely worth a visit serving local produce: fish, shellfish, meat, game from nearby farms and delicious seasonal vegetables.

This restaurant has only recently opened delivering something new to the town. You are presented with creative and colourful dishes and is an experience as well as a delicious meal.

Only minutes from the hotel, Blas is one of our favourite spots to eat. Their burgers are made using local, free range Cornish meat and cooked on a chargrill. They have a wide range of vegetarian options with delicious desserts to follow.


This stunning beach is only a mile east of St.Ives and is one of Cornwalls five award winning Blue Flag beaches. The beach is ideal for children and families.

One of the smaller beaches. Porthgwidden is nestled beneath St.Ives Island with beautiful views of Gorevy lighthouse.

Porthmeor is a blue flag beach, great for surfing and a lovely family atmosphere in the heart of St.Ives

Nestled away, Porthminster beach is great for all ages with unbeatable views of St.Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse. Situated on the beach is Porthminster Beach Café which is now open throughout the year for coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.


Offers a variety of evenings including comedy, poetry, films, talks and much more.

St Ives Jazz Club was set up in June 1998, and every Tuesday since then, we've had the privilege of hearing top class modern jazz in beautiful St Ives.

The club features some of the greatest international and UK musicians, top class regional and resident players, promising young talent and college bands, all within a varied programme which runs every Tuesday, open to all ages - and at a reasonable price!

If you're looking for something special to do on a Tuesday night, the place to go is St Ives Jazz Club - the last jazz club before New York!

A unique open air theatre high up in the cliffs above the Atlantic ocean.


The gallery focuses on pottery, sculpture and paintings and is the oldest standing gallery in the town originally established by Janet Leach, Bearnard Leach’s wife. The gallery showcases local Cornish artists but also a range of contemporary crafts.

Situated on Street-an-Pol in St.Ives this gallery offers a range of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculptures.

Belgrave Gallery specialises in Modern British and Contemporary Art and focuses on artwork by artists linked with Cornwall from the early nineteen hundreds.

The Leach Pottery is located on Higher Stennack, St.Ives and a short walk from the Hotel, it preserves and maintains Bernard Leach’s work displaying his ceramics and most importantly his studio pottery.

The Tate St.Ives holds over 70,000 artworks and is a collection of British art from the 1500’s to present day. Located opposite Porthmeor Beach, the gallery is in a great location with a lovely café where you can enjoy the views.

Gardens and Countryside

The most southerly point of the British mainland, surrounded by dramatic coastal scenery and beautiful ancient woodland.

The largest indoor rainforest in the world.

Sporting Activities

St.Ives is full of water sport activities for you to enjoy. You can learn to surf at St.Ives Surf School on Porthmeor Beach, paddle board, kayak and enjoy the views around the Harbour and Porthminster Beach in your very own self-drive boat.

There are tennis courts opposite the Hotel which can be rented out for ten pounds an hour. we provide tennis rackets and balls if you’d like to play.

Right on our door stop, an amusing game for all to play.

  • One of the best holidays to date. Beautiful. The most beautiful of people, really wishing you both the best of luck for the future. The food also very nice, will see you both hopefully in September.
    Dean & Dave
  • Had a great week, good weather and good food. So nice to meet you both, such a lovely, friendly couple. Can't wait to see what you do with The Primrose. Be back next year.
    Jill & Richard
  • A lovely stay in a perfectly positioned location at your hotel - Primrose Valley. You are fantastic hoteliers and the weather in wonderful St. Ives helped our enjoyment. We do intend to return and look forward to seeing your hospitable selves then. No need for me to repeat what has been written above, except, thank you!
    Carmella & Michael
  • Thank you for making our first visit to St. Ives so memorable. Your hotel is as special as this lovely place. You have all been so kind and welcoming. Many thanks. You and all your staff make this place so special - always smiling and so helpful. Thank you.
    Graham & Sylvia
  • What a lovely hotel, thank you to Mehaka and Natasha and all the staff. You couldn't ask for a more friendly and welcoming team! Good luck with your new adventure, I look forward to coming back and seeing more art! Thanks for the sun too.
  • Another great stay at The Primrose, only three days but well worth it. Many thanks to our friendly new hosts. See you soon!
    Pat & Brian Stevens
  • A superb week with lovely accommodation, breakfasts, good hosts and amazing location - views to die for! Thank you - good luck in the future.
    Pauline & Ivan
    Aberdeen, Scotland
  • What a lovely space you have here! I am sure you will make it really beautiful! Great to talk to you both, lovely stay. Every good wish for the future.
    Cherry & Brian
  • We had a wonderful stay and happy that we met you. Thanks for all the wonderful restaurant recommendations and the hot water!
    Merle & Andrew Stein
  • Thank you for looking after us, we've had a lovely holiday, beautiful breakfast and such a warm welcome. Good luck in your new venture. Best wishes.
    Dai Anjela
    Llanelli, South Wales
  • Thanks Natasha & Mehaka for treating us like family. You have a wonderful place in a lovely town. Best of luck with your hotel venture and in all else.
    Ernie & Cathy Glenn
    Birmingham, AL USA