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Campsites near St. Ives, Cornwall

With its four blue-flag beaches and renowned art scene, St Ives is Cornwall’s flagship resort.

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Cadgwith Wild Camping

21 units · Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · South West England, Cornwall, Porthleven
A dog-friendly campsite on a farm in Cornwall where every pitch offers a sea view
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Cherry Masons Fruit Farm

45 units · Tents4 acres · England
A dog-friendly campsite that’s in a great spot for exploring southern Cornwall
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Mount Pleasant Eco Park

81 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents42 acres · South West England, Cornwall
Eco-friendly camping with campfires, an excellent café and knock-out sea views, all within walking distance of the beach
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Coverack Camping

107 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · South West England, Cornwall
Traditional family camping near Coverack, with the promise of coast, countryside and Cornish ice cream
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Cornish Tipi Holidays & Camping

127 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · South West England, Cornwall
Wake up to the sound of birdsong, go swimming before breakfast in the clear water of a secluded lake. Cook your bacon and eggs over an open fire while you plan your day, or just laze it away in the peace and quiet of your own personal tipi. You can always go fishing tomorrow, and walk along the cliffs the day after that…The site is unique. A woodland valley folded around a clear, spring-fed lake created from the old Tregildrans Quarry. Our tipis and tent pitches are dotted about this secret 20 acres clothed in ferns and bluebells, oak and meadowsweet.  Left in peace for many years there's been no modern chemicals & poisons on the land, meaning we've got bluebells & dormice, Red Admirals & shy woodland Jays for you to spot. It’s a place a world apart from the rush and clutter of the modern holiday experience, with an atmosphere that makes you forget the world outside, and just lounge, ramble, or potter about in a boat. We're committed to giving you a genuinely individual service from first contact to your time staying with us. We established CTH in 1996. This was the first and we believe still is the best tipi holiday site in the UK. We know our area inside out and can always help with a little local knowledge or contacts if you need them. We want to offer our guests a really sustainable holiday. A return to real camping means the lowest possible impact on the land and environment - our tipi poles don’t even break the surface of the earth. Your footprint while here could only be bettered by a survival expert. You don't have to fly! a major bonus, and we source all our wood, fish and canvas locally and work with local people wherever possible.
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Wild Swim2Sauna Safari Tipis

35 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents6 acres · South West England, Devon
Wild swimming and off-grid living in tipis and tents on the banks of Devon's River Avon
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Surf Pods and Camping at Atlantic Farm

50 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · South West England, Cornwall, Bude
Glamping near Bude, with eye-catching eco-pods, a staggering treehouse for couples and traditional tent camping
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Glamp or Camp at Magical Mena Farm

16 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents15 acres · South West England, Cornwall, Bodmin
Easily accessed camping on a 15-acre farm, with family facilities and a vast amount of wild space to explore
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Real Glamping at the Fir Hill

12 units · Glamping66 acres · South West England, Cornwall, Newquay
Family-friendly yurt glamping on an enchanting old Cornwall estate just three miles from the surf and sand of Newquay
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Wylde Valley Camping

132 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents14 acres · South West England, Cornwall, Bude
A popular festival space that's now a bona fide campsite, with modern, pop-up facilities and a top North Cornwall location
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The High Nature Centre

14 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · South West England, Devon, Salcombe
A stay at The High Nature Centre is sure to reinvigorate the soul as only a sojourn by the sea can
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Gatcombe Park Farm Glamping

13 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · Littlehempston, England
Adult-only camping and glamping within striking distance of Totnes and the South Devon coast.
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Campsites near St. Ives guide

Both a beloved family vacation spot and Cornwall’s cultural epicentre, seaside St Ives buzzes with activity from dusk to sundown. Wake up early for a surf class, hike along the South West Coast Path, and spot seals and seabirds from The Island, then relax at one of many cafés looking out across the harbour. Once you’ve had your fill of beachy sea and sand, head into the town to stroll the cobbled lanes, browse the galleries and artisan boutiques, and admire art masterpieces in the Tate St Ives. Camping is equally varied, whether you prefer a tranquil country camping ground or a 5-star holiday park.

Where to Go

Penwith Peninsula

Cornwall’s western arm is a rugged wilderness of soaring sea cliffs and windswept headlands. Hike along the coast, stopping to swim at hidden sandy beaches, discover Bronze Age ruins, and camp out at remote coastal campsites. A visit to Land’s End, the westernmost point of mainland Britain, is a rite of passage for travellers, but equally enchanting is St Michael's Mount, an island monastery marooned off the south coast.

North Coast

East of St Ives, the coastal road to Newquay winds its way past rocky coves, ocean lookouts, and pretty fishing villages. Newquay and Bude are the destinations of choice for budding surfers, but if you prefer a more relaxed beach vibe, head to Perranporth or Port Isaac. Additional highlights include the ruins of Tintagel castle and the foodie hub of Padstow, where you can tuck into everything from seafood to Cornish pasties.

Isles of Scilly

Ferries set sail from Land’s End or Penzance to the Isles of Scilly, a cluster of tiny islands off Cornwall’s western tip. Camping on the islands is a retreat from the mainland crowds, and you can pitch your tent amid verdant farmlands or right by the seafront. Simple pleasures await on the islands—lounge on white-sand beaches, hike along rugged headlands, and spot wildlife along the coast.

Family Holidays in St Ives

St Ives is an ideal destination to take your kids, as the Cornish town is a hugely popular destination for family holidays. With many of its campsites within close proximity to its top spots and gorgeous beaches, St Ives makes for a laid-back trip to take with the kids in tow.

If you're looking to start your holiday off with a bang, then you could even book a trip with the St Ives Bay Line, a train journey from St Erth to St Ives that offers an incredible view of the coast.

Once in St Ives, the kids will love the family-friendly blue-flag beach of Porthminster, which is safe for shallow swimming (dogs are only welcome in winter) and offers views of Godrevy Lighthouse in the distance. It's spacious, too, giving you and your clan plenty of room to find your spot in the sand. If you have younger kids, we'd recommend Cardis Bay, which has far less surf than its counterparts, ideal for toddlers on a supervised paddle.

For evening entertainment, Kidz R Us is an award-winning youth theatre group that hosts events throughout the year. The group works with children, teenagers, and young adults, putting out shows for everyone to enjoy, from musicals to pantomimes.

When to Go

Summer vacationers descend on St Ives in July and August so expect big crowds. Advance bookings are essential at this time, for everything from campsites to restaurants. Shoulder-season campers can make the most of lower prices and fewer crowds, and it’s often still warm enough to swim—lifeguard patrols run from easter through early October at the main beaches. For the biggest waves, seasoned surfers hit the water in winter.

Know Before You Go

  • St Ives has a few camping and outdoors stores where you can pick up supplies for your camping trip. 
  • St Ives has public transport links to many surrounding towns, but it is handy to have your own transport, especially if staying at rural campsites.
  • Most campsites require advance booking, and many ask for the full payment in advance. Be sure to check opening dates, as many campsites close in the winter months.
  • Wild camping is illegal throughout Cornwall.

Top 3 Things to Do in St Ives

There's a reason St Ives has been named the British Travel Awards' Best UK Seaside Town on multiple occasions: there are few places better to get your dose of sun and sand than here.

1. Hit the beach

Spending the day at the seaside will be at the top of most people’s list when visiting St Ives. The shape of the St Ives peninsula means there’s a beach facing every direction, so whether you’re heading out to take photos at sunrise or going for a sunset paddle, you’ll see a beach that’s bathed in sunshine (assuming the sun is out, of course).

Choose Porthmeor or Porthminster blue-flag beaches for top-quality surfing and swimming, with the latter being the most popular beach in the region. Though the smallest beach in the area, the sheltered Porthgwidden proves a sun-trap throughout summer and is sought out among those looking to top up their town. At St Ives Harbour beach, you can admire the boats from your spot on the shore, while kid-friendly Carbis Bay and its tranquil waters are just a mile from town.

2. Wander the town

Visitors can walk along St Ives’ cobbled streets to the harbour and working port, where fishers go by in their boats. Shops, galleries, cafes and pubs line its street, great spots for dining out while overlooking the harbour.

Wandering the maze of independent shops and galleries in St Ives is a nice way to while away an afternoon, and a trip to Tate St Ives is a great place for rainy days. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is another cultural hotspot, dedicated to one of the region's most influential artists. The historic St Ives Society of Artists, meanwhile, features changing exhibitions through the year.

3. Get active

If browsing art galleries isn't your cup of tea, how about something more upbeat? You can go for a run or ramble on the South West Coast Path, the UK's longest national trail at 630 miles, which can be picked up from St Ives and runs around the southwest peninsula. We wouldn't recommend the St Ives 14-mile walk in one trip, but even following a portion of the trail affords some magnificent views.

To get active in the water, a stand-up paddleboard or kayak can be hired at the beach, or you can also take a boat trip to Seal Island to see a grey Atlantic seal colony.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wild camping is generally not allowed in St Ives, United Kingdom, as most land in the area is privately owned or protected. However, there are several established campgrounds and caravan parks nearby where you can legally camp. Some options offer various amenities and are close to the beaches of St Ives.

Beach camping is generally not allowed in St Ives, United Kingdom. However, there are several campgrounds and holiday parks nearby that offer easy access to the beaches. Some of these campgrounds are within walking distance or a short drive from the beautiful beaches in St Ives. While you may not be able to camp directly on the beach, you can still enjoy the stunning coastal views and beach activities during your stay.

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