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Location & Parking

By Car: Take the M5 towards Exeter or Plymouth (take the A38 from Plymouth) join the A30 into Cornwall   By Train: Paddington London (First Great Western) to Penzance, Glasgow (Virgin) to Penzance, Alight at St Erth for St Ives   By plane: To Newquay, Taxi from Newquay, Call Ace Cars on 01736 797799   Nearest Car park: The Island (can get very busy during the summer months)   Park & Ride: St Ives in the summer months can be a nightmare for traffic and parking.  We recommend you leave your car at the park and ride in Lelant, take a ten minute, scenic, old-fashioned train ride on this beautiful stretch of coastline to St Ives and take a leisurely stroll around St Ives beautiful harbour past the Wayside Museum and you will find the café on a beautiful protected beach nestled between the islands grassy knoll and a rocky headland on the tip of the harbour.  

Coastal Strolls

If you’re joining us on a beautiful day, we recommend parking a short distance away in the heart of St Ives and taking a leisurely coastal stroll to the café, below are some suggestion  

The Sloop Car park – A 6-minute walk:

Situated behind the oldest pub in St Ives, The Sloop Inn (built in 1312) you will find a small carpark. From here you can walk along the Harbourfront to Smeaton’s Pier, follow the road along to the St Ives Museum and past Bamaluz Beach, which if you have a dog is a great place to head for your beach walk in Summer as it is the only place that allows dogs all year round in the town. Keep to this road and follow the path along the rocky coast to Porthgwidden beach and you will see the café.  

Balnoon Car Park – A 20-minute walk:

Starting at Balnoon Longstay Car park we recommend you follow Porthmeor Hill (not suitable for those who have trouble walking as the hill is very steep). Follow the beach along past the iconic Tate St Ives, either take to the beach and stroll to ‘’The Island’’ on the far side- or wander the cobbled streets of St Ives’s small cottages to Island Car Park. If you take The Island Route, we suggest you allow an extra 5/10 minutes and extend your stroll to follow the stretch of coastal path that curves around the chapel, once again this may not be suitable for those who have trouble walking. Once at Island Carpark you will come across the Café, nestled in the cove of Porthgwidden Beach.