Right, parking, now there is a question that deserves a thorough and detailed answer.
Parking in St Ives can be a huge bugbear and it’s the one thing that fills most visitors with trepidation. We have a great selection of boutique holiday cottages and apartments in St Ives that have provision for parking but equally, there are some delightful St Ives cottages whose sheer position means that they simply can’t offer it. But fear not; there are plenty of car parks to choose from. As most of our self-catering accommodation is in St Ives, here is a list of long-stay Cornwall Council car parks on offer in the coastal town. We have provided a link to the Cornwall Council website for pricing information and also the 4-digit car park code if paying by mobile phone (call 01872 302947) or the JustPark App. Whether the property has parking or not, we have listed the properties in closest proximity to the car parks below:
The Island – TR26 1SY – 8419
This pay on departure car park has 129 spaces which are in high demand as it’s the one closest to properties around the harbour, Downalong, Porthgwidden and Porthmeor. If you are staying in any of those areas, it will only take you a few minutes to walk to your accommodation from the car. A lot of people will park their car in St Ives and leave it for the entire week without moving it, so a good few spaces will become free on changeover days (normally Friday and Saturday) but these spaces are quickly claimed by others during popular holiday weeks.
Properties closest to Island car park
Barnoon – TR26 1JF – 8422
There are 124 spaces in this car park, it is the next closest to the main town and waterfront areas, there is a shortcut path that runs either down to Porthmeor beach or into the town on foot. These paths have steps and are steep in some areas. It overlooks Porthmeor beach and is next to the Tate Gallery.
Properties closest to Barnoon car park
Train Station – TR26 2BH – 8417
As the name suggests, this 106 space car park is situated at St Ives railway station, next to Porthminster beach. This is another good option if you are staying around the harbour area or in the lower parts of the town. After leaving the car park via a flight of steps, there is a level walk to the harbour that follows the sea.
Properties closest to St Ives train station car park
Park Avenue – TR26 1QE – 8416
The 77 spaces are in high demand during the school holidays due to it being close to the town’s shops. There is a shortcut into town after having parked here but beware, there are quite a few steps.
Trenwith (St Ives Leisure Centre) – TR26 1DD – 8414
This is a pay on departure car park and it has 311 spaces in the winter and 759 in the summer as they use two grassy fields and a grassy area at the top of the tarmac area. Despite it being a 10 to 15-minute walk into town, this is the car park we will often point guests in the direction of first; purely for ease of finding and a better chance of finding a space. If you are prepared to try the others first, be also prepared to face the traffic queues and narrow streets with pedestrians aplenty.
Properties closest to Trenwith station car park
Private car parks
If you wanted to take the stress away from parking in St Ives altogether, you could park privately with www.stivescarpark.com. It’s slightly more expensive but has the advantage of being within a secure compound and for some, it certainly takes a load off their minds when travelling to St Ives.
You could also book a space at St Ives Rugby Club which is a 15-20 minute walk to most holiday properties in St Ives. This car park does not have a set number of spaces due to their parking capacity so is never short of room no matter what. It is a 15–20 minute walk into the centre of St Ives but knowing there are plentiful spaces can really help relieve some stress. An added bonus is that you can pre-pay for your space before you even arrive in St Ives. Simply head over to their website to book now! There is a shuttle bus that runs from Tate St Ives to the Rugby Club every 10-15 minutes during school holidays so you can spare your legs!
St Johns-in-the-fields Church at the highest level of St Ives (about 1km from the harbour front), offers parking for a very reasonable amount and it’s a downhill walk to the seafront. The entrance is practically opposite the Fire Station near Leach Pottery.
Finally, to book and pay for a space on a private driveway, you could try the website Park On My Drive