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Information about parking in St Ives
St. Ives is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cornwall. Although the town itself has a train station, most visitors travel here by car to allow themselves the freedom to explore the surrounding rural area. It can be difficult to know where to park in St Ives, especially during the busy summer holiday period.
Some additional information about parking in st ives, to cater to all your parking needs
The town centre of St Ives, with its narrow cobbled streets, is not very car friendly. The best time to find on-street parking spaces in or near the town is early on Fridays or Saturdays, during the changeover times for holiday lets. There are only a very limited number of on-street parking spaces in and around St. Ives.
When considering where to park, it is best to go for off-street parking in St Ives. There are a number of public car parks, which are run by Cornwall Council. Long stay parking in St Ives is available at the train station, at Porthgwidden, at Barnoon near the Tate Gallery, at Park Avenue and at Trenwith. Short stay parking spaces are available at Barnoon, at Smeatons Pier in the harbour, and Sloop near the town beach and the Tate.
St. Ives operates an excellent Park&Ride system during the summer months, incorporating the St Ives branch line railway. The Park&Ride train leaves from the car park at Lelant Saltings and weaves its way around the bay with stops at Carbis Bay and Porthminster. The journey offers breathtaking views of the beaches and sea.
St Ives has a train and bus station. Many visitors arrive on the scenic train journey. National Express long-distance coaches travel to and from St. Ives and local buses serve all of Cornwall. During the summer, an open deck double-decker bus takes visitors on a circular route, including St. Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant, St Erth, Marazion, Penzance, Newlyn, St Buryan, Porthcurno, Land’s End, Sennen, St Just, Pendeen, Morvah, and Zennor.
All Cornwall Council car parks have reserved disabled parking in St Ives for blue badge holders. Unless the vehicle has been specially adapted or is exempt, normal parking fees apply. The car park at Stennack Surgery also has four dedicated disabled parking spaces.
There is no parking in St Ives for large vehicles like vans or motorhomes. Most parking spaces in St. Ives are only for cars, motorcycles and invalid carriages, and there are weight and height restrictions in place. Large vehicles need to consider where to park near St Ives and catch a bus into town.
On bank holidays, the best parking near St Ives is at the town’s largest car park at Trenwith. On busy bank holidays, this car park can become full and visitors are advised to park at the privately owned Rugby Club or Higher Stennack car parks. A bus service operates from Trenwith car park to the town centre.
The car park at Lelant Downs is located on the way into St Ives and offers free drop-off and pick-up on demand. Parking is available for any length of time and the car park is usually staffed 24 hours a day.
Visitors come to St. Ives for its vibrant art scene, great surf beaches, and the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding area. There are a number of galleries and museums in St Ives, including the Tate and the Katherine Hepburn Museum.