Ayr Holiday Park

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Ives

  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Ocean vista and prime spot in arty St Ives with lovely views - a 5-minute walk to town

Many an artist has gravitated towards St Ives for its quality of light and inspiring coastal scenery since big names like Barbara Hepworth first settled here after the Second World War. In 1993, Tate opened an impressive gallery in St Ives in recognition of resident artists and sculptors’ contributions to the British art scene. The building has a view over the sandy stretches of Porthmeor – St Ives’ main beach – with its consistent surf and spectacular sunsets. Also overlooking the pretty reaches of this bay is Ayr Holiday Park – best of the campsite crop here.

Away from the rows of caravans, the camping fields are very much their own domain on the brink of the wave-lashed Atlantic scenery, yet along with this wild and beautiful location comes a far tamer camping experience. Everything about Ayr Holiday Park is organised and professional – from the spotless facilities block and soft-landing of the children’s play area, to its well-placed picnic benches and outside showers for salty wetsuits.

Unfortunately, the tariffs reflect all the care and attention that goes into maintaining the site, so all this luxury does come at a price. But when you consider Ayr’s location, and peer down over that incredible vista, the cost seems justifiable.

You can also make the most of Ayr’s proximity to St Ives and stroll down the hill to find wide- open beaches, trendy bars and cafés, any number of restaurants – from chip-cheap fish shops to contemporary fusion affairs – and, of course, the galleries. So it’s fitting that Ayr, enjoying its position in the midst of a town steeped in creativity, has got the art of camping just right.

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Facilities

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; WiFi. No campfires or disposable BBQs. Direct access to the coastal path.

Suitable For

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.

Nearby

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).

Food & 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.

Opening Times

All year.

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Location

Ayr Holiday Park, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1EJ

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Getting There

Central St Ives is closed to traffic. Following signs for St Ives from the A30, take the B3311 then B3306 to town, then follow the brown campsite signs to Ayr and Porthmeor Beach. The entrance lies at a sharp S-bend.

Catch the train to St Ives and then a taxi to the site. Or you could catch a bus from Redruth, Penzance, Camborne or Truro; the bus station is just next to the station car park.

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