St Ives holidays, with the dog!
Fortunately, we have an array of dog-friendly holiday homes that welcome humans and dogs alike!
Visiting St Ives and Cornwall in quieter months compared to busier ones can make a huge difference to your experience when visiting with a dog. Sometimes this can be due to your favourite dog-friendly lunch spots being full and not knowing a great alternative, to struggling to find a beach when the ban is applied. So, here we want to give you just a few helpful pointers to ensure you can have the best holiday possible.
Dog friendly restaurants, cafes and pubsThe Searoom
The home of St Ives gin! Here you can enjoy aware winning tapas, craft drinks and cocktails all while soaking up the St Ives sun and stunning views of the harbour. Your dog is very welcome to join you in the restaurant or outside so be sure to add here as a place to eat at for brunch, lunch or supper – you won’t be disappointed!
Looking for a pub that will welcome your and your dog with open arms? You really must give yourselves a treat and visit The Queen’s Hotel which offers delicious home-cooked local food, a perfect pint of Tribute, an open fire and your beloved dog will enjoy fuss and treats from the friendly staff too! Located just up from Market Square opposite Boots so not far to walk back to your St Ives holiday home with full and happy tummies.
The Sloop Inn is one of the oldest pubs in St Ives, sitting in its iconic spot on the Harbour front. It is an absolute must visit with your dog!
The Sloop has a great outside area where you’re able to sit and enjoy your food and drink, whilst watching the world go by. The views of the Harbour front are second to none. However, if the weather isn’t looking so good, you can take a seat within the traditional Cornish pub itself.
Source Kitchen is located on a dreamy cobbled lane called The Digey. It leads you to Porthmeor beach one way or the busy Fore Street in the other direction so take the weight off yours and your dog’s feet and enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of their street-side bistro tables. Sadly dogs are not allowed in the restaurant itself so make sure you pick a dry day.
If you are wanting to experience a burger to rival others and wash it down with a cool Cornish beer or great coffee, you and your dog are welcome to sit inside (downstairs only) or on the small veranda at the front. The Hub has amazing harbour views so get yourselves ready for a breath-taking lunch or dinner with stupendous sea views also!
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Pels serves up the most delicious pancakes, salads, warm lunches and a cracking coffee and is positioned right along the harbour front so pop along with your four-legged friend and you will be warmly welcomed.
The Bier Hius is located just off Lambeth walk on St Andrew’s Street and has the biggest menu of beers you can imagine! You and your dog are so welcome inside and the decor will have you gazing around the room for hours. Hours that you can spend browsing and trying their super-extensive list of Belgium and local beers too. Expect a warm welcome from the barista who serves anything from loose leaf teas, amazing coffee, cocktails, a great list of gins to their amazingingly spectacular waffles too..
Open nice and early, perfect for dog walkers, Scoff Troff is a dog friendly café in the centre of St Ives. They’re renowned for their breakfasts and relaxed atmosphere, making it a very welcoming spot for the whole family. The central location means it is great to dip into whether you’re looking for a quick coffee or scrummy lunch.
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If you wanting to have a delicious coffee with cake, a wholesome lunch or a snack to take on the go, the Yellow Canary welcomes you and your dog inside to take a break from the Fore Street browsing that can somehow take much longer than anticipated!
The Loft Restaurant has a great undercover sun terrace, which is the area of the restaurant where you’re allowed to take a seat and dine with your dog. You’ll find some views of St Ives Bay (what’s not to like!), and they provide heaters and blankets for those cooler days.
Use of the terrace is weather dependant, so they recommend calling ahead if you’re bringing the four-legged friends with you.
Now here is a fun place to go as a family and explore the interesting burger menu of The Beer and Bird. Located just off Fore Street, it is in the heart of St Ives. Your four-legged friend is welcome in all areas of the restaurant so kick back, enjoy the music, the beer and the food on offer and we are certain you will return more than once during your stay!
Fancy a spot of lunch or dinner with views that will keep you ordering more and more to stay at your table? Porthgwidden Beach Cafe is so much more than a cafe! It offers delicious local food starting from breakfast to evening suppers and your whole family is welcome (including your dog!) under the glass covered terrace which is heated. The cafe is perched above Porthgwidden beach so is super easy to access and find. Bon appetit!
Save a visit to Caffe Pasta for one of those dreamy days when all you fancy is a glass of something chilled while you look over the glistening waters of St Ives Harbour. It’s a sun trap for most of the day and with outdoor tables positioned for unrivalled views, do stop here with your dog for a spot of lunch or dinner; Caffe Pasta serves very yummy fish, pasta, meat and pizza dishes. Sadly your dog is not allowed indoors, but really, we can’t recommend grabbing a table outdoors enough when the weather is fine!
If you and your dog are looking for breakfast, cake, coffee, tapas, pizza, wine or a deli…The Old Forge is the place for you!
The Old Forge is just a short drive from St Ives and is very close to Porthkidney Beach (great dog walking spot). We’d definitely suggest heading here after a long walk to sit, relax and enjoy a cool glass of wine on a hot day, or a warming coffee in winter.
Cornish Countryside WalksTrencrom Hill • Car Park
Trencrom Hill offers one of the best panoramic views of the area and seas surrounding St Ives. The ancient hill fort has a selection of moderately easy routes for you to enjoy. A great one for exploring with the family and the dogs, we’d definitely recommend packing a picnic to enjoy when you’ve made it to the top.
You’ll find Rosewall Hill along the road leading to Zennor. Rosewall Hill is another ancient site that is rich in Cornish history and mineral extraction. This walk is another favourite with the dogs and once again, when you reach the top, you will not be disappointed with the view; gaze north across moorland and fields to the sea beyond, and east to St Ives and its harbour. You may even get a glimpse of a Llama or two…don’t worry, you’ll be quite safe, they are behind a fence!
With over 9 miles of tracks and 250 acres of woodlands, Tehidy woods is an enjoyable walk for all four seasons. You’ll find streams, bridges, fallen trees, huts made from branches and an abundance of fun things for your dog. Tehidy Woods has informative signage to let you know which route you’re on, and the difficulty of each route so you have the choice to tackle a long hike or a gentle walk.
Dog Friendly BeachesIt is not long now until the dog ban is lifted from the beaches in and around St Ives. But, if like us you can’t wait until 30th September, here are some year-round dog-friendly beaches for you to enjoy (of course, following the lift of the ban you can enjoy all the beaches!).
Porthkidney is a beautiful white sand beach, that stretches over a mile long (plenty of room for running around), and when the tide is out there is almost a mile stretch to the sea. This beach is dog friendly all year round and is a great spot to visit in the busier summer months, as it is just a short drive out of St Ives but offers a calmer option out of the hustle bustle of the town centre.
Porthkidney beach does not have toilets, shops or a café, so we would highly recommend that you make sure you’re packed for the day, with plenty of water, food, towels and sun cream.
Bamaluz is a convenient beach walk option if you’re staying in the centre of St Ives in the summer as it is dog-friendly all year round. The beach doesn’t have the easiest access as you are required to tackle a few sets of stairs and rocks, however, the dogs love it! The tide can hugely reduce the size of this beach, so it is always good to plan ahead. However, even close to a moderately high tide it can be a great spot for dogs to cool off in the sea.
Due to its location in the centre of St Ives, there are public toilets very close by, and you are no more than a few minutes’ walk from the shops, cafes and ice cream.
The Harbour Beach in St Ives allows dog walking up until 8am and then again from 7pm, so it is a perfect beach for those early morning leg stretches and walks before bedtime.
Adjacent to the Harbour Beach, behind the lifeboat hut, you will find Lambeth Walk. Lambeth walk is dog friendly all year round, however, it is another beach that changes a significant amount depending on the tide. During low tide you will find yourself with plenty of space for a good run around, so be sure to check the tide times!
A trip to Gwynver Beach will take a little planning, however it is well worth the adventure! The beach is located less than a mile away from Sennen and it is a great dog friendly beach all year round. The access to this beach is not for the faint hearted as it is quite a steep, un-even decline, so unless you’re feeling sure footed enough to get down, and strong enough to get back up, we’d suggest enjoying another great beach.
Gwenver Beach has toilets at the carpark, but these are at the very top of the walk down, so we suggest you go before you embark on the walk! There are no cafes or shops located at the beach, so we advise you pack up and picnic and plenty of water for your day out.
Local Dog ServicesDoggy Day Care Cornwall
Doggy Day Care, based in St Erth, offers everything doggy you could need! With a great team fully of qualified and knowledgeable individuals, they will be able to offer you all kinds of support with your dog whilst on holiday in Cornwall.
They offer an array of services, ranging from a secure ‘dog park’ (that’s a ‘fenced enclosure’ to you and me) to walk in, to pickup & drop offs, or as the name states… a day care service. Perfect for those days when the dog is unfortunately able to join you on your outing. Oh, and as it is the dog’s holiday too, they can even have their own pampering with a ‘wash and fluff dry’!
They also have a wonderful pet shop selling plenty of natural dog foods including raw food and the most exotic chews such as camel hides!
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Walkies & Pet2Vet is a local business, offering top care to the dogs of Cornwall and those that are on holiday too.
They offer excellent all-day care whilst you’re on holiday, a great service if you have some day trips planned where unfortunately the dog is unable to join. They can be collected for the day and enjoy a day of running and playing at one of our many wonderful Cornish surroundings, whilst you’re sightseeing.
Alternatively, if you have fallen in love with a holiday home that is unable to accept pets, but the holiday isn’t complete without your dog, Walkies & Pet2Vet offer a boarding service. This service can cater for up to two dogs and means you could enjoy the days out of the property together, then dropping them off for their sleepover, to be reunited the next day!
Although we truly hope you will not be required to visit a vet whilst holidaying with your dog, it is always best to know where your closest practice is, in case of an emergency.
If staying in St Ives, Carbis Bay, Hayle, Zennor or Helston the closest vets to you are the following:
St Ives & Zennor: St Ives Veterinary Practice – https://www.st-ives-vet.co.uk
Carbis Bay: Animal Vets (St Ives Branch) – https://animalvets.co.uk
Hayle: Animal Vets (Hayle Branch) – https://animalvets.co.uk
Helston: Rosemullion Veterinary Practice – https://rosemullionvets.com