St Ives holidays, with the dog!

Much like us, many of you cannot bear to part with the four-legged members of the family when it comes to holidaying!

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 pubs

The Sloop Inn

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.

The Halsetown Inn

The Halsetown Inn is a country pub, just outside of St Ives.You can access the pub via a wonderful scenic walk through the countryside from either St Ives or Carbis Bay, however there is also a car park if you fancied the very short drive.

The pub has a welcoming bar and allocated part of the restaurant where you’re invited to dine with your dog. There is also an outdoor courtyard area at the rear of the pub where you and your dog are able to sit outside in the sunshine to enjoy your food and drinks.

Scoff Troff Café

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.

The Loft Restaurant and Sun Terrace

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.

Scarlet Wines

If you and your dog are looking for breakfast, cake, coffee, tapas, pizza, wine or a deli…Scarlets is the place for you!

Scarlet Wines 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 Walks

Trencrom 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.

Rosewall Hill • Car Park

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!

Tehidy Woods • Car Park

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 Beaches

It 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 Beach • Car Park

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 Beach

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.

Harbour Beach and Lambeth Walk

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!

Gwenver Beach • Car park

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 Services

Doggy 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!

Check out their websites:

Doggy Day Care

Natural Cornish Pet

Walkies & Pet2Vet

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 –

Carbis Bay: Animal Vets (St Ives Branch) –

Hayle: Animal Vets (Hayle Branch) –

Helston: Rosemullion Veterinary Practice –