Stay under canvas and listen to the waves beating the rugged shores below your hilltop perch

Stay under canvas and listen to the waves beating the rugged shores below your hilltop perch. Ayr Holiday Park is the only campsite right in St Ives and as well as stunning views and high-quality facilities it’s also an unbelievably easy trot from the town’s top attractions. Spacious, double glazed and centrally heated static caravans are available if you don’t trust the Cornish weather enough to pitch up with your tent.

Our favourite spot

Tents, campervans, caravans, small to medium sized dogs (not in July–August) – yes. Large dogs, huge tents and single-sex groups – no. Other groups – by arrangement.

The local area

Head to the beach and try your balance at surfing; go for walks along the coastal path; or don your art-critic persona and explore the Tate St Ives (01736 796226; www.tate.org.uk/stives).

Best local places to eat and drink

Blas Burgerworks (01736 797272) is a treat for meat-eaters and veggies alike. Book ahead for beachside Porthminster Café (01736 795352), a friendly place serving beautifully presented, scrummy food. Stock up on provisions at the Cornish Deli (01736 795100). Visit Bill and Flo’s farm shop (01736 798885) in Lelant for their own veg, local meat, cheese, honey, cider and apple juice.

St Ives is full of lovely old pubs including the Sloop Inn (01736 796584), a 14th century inn right on the harbour.

Why stay with us?

80 pitches in total, 40 with electric hook-ups, 30 of which are hardstanding. There’s a main shower and loo block with magnificent showers with hot water aplenty (6W, 6M) as well as disabled and family rooms, hairdryers and shaving points. Laundry; kids’ playground; games room; wi-fi; direct access to the coastal path. No campfires or disposable BBQs.

Magnificent showers, plenty of hot water, a kids’ playground, laundrette, games room, wi-fi and direct access to the coastal path.

Reviews

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★★★★★

Amazing views, great loos!

Fab campsite for staying in St Ives, the views are just amazing. Quite a trek back up the hill to the site (hard work with a buggy/beach stuff/toddlers) but in high season there is a campsite minibus. Toilets are pristine, and even have piped music ! The site does get busy and is expensive but well worth a visit - just go off season if you can!

by Jennifer
★★★★★

Top views

Having camped in Cornwall a fair bit in the last few years, this is my favourite site for 'beach and town' break; as in, you can walk into St Ives of an evening (for bars, restaurants, things going on), as well as having the beach right there too. And the view across St Ives and the sea from the campsite is truly awesome! Worth the slightly premium price...

by Jonathan Knight

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