As St Ives is such a popular town with narrow streets, and lots to do, parking can be a challenge in high season unless you have chosen accommodation with parking included.
There are two short stay car parks at Porthmeor (30 spaces) and Sloop (42 spaces) where your maximum stay is three hours (with no return within three hours). So, it is an expensive way to park, with prices ranging (Feb 2023) from £1.10 for 30 mins to £4.90 for 3 hours.
Long-stay makes more sense. Most car parks are owned by Cornwall Council so you can check prices here. A weekly pass allows you to park at any of the following: Island (129 spaces) , Park Avenue (77 spaces), Station (106 spaces) and Trenwith (759 spaces) so is well worth considering if you plan to remain close to base. Smeatons Pier (31 spaces), meanwhile costs £8.30 per day during high season.
Trenwith Carpark is the largest car park in St Ives at the top of a steep hill, with shuttle buses into town until 11pm during the summer. Parking here means you avoid driving into the town centre. Alternatively, out of town there is St Ives Rugby Club TR26 1ER) with a bus shuttle service or a 15-20 minute walk into town. Buses cost £1, and the car park costs £8.70 for 24 hours.
You could try Porthrepta at Carbis Bay, which works out cheaper at £4.40 for 24 hours or £30.24 for the week. There is also a private car park with CCTV and keypad access at St Ives secure car park, one mile out of town. You need to reserve before arrival.
Park at St Erth Station (422 spaces) then board the ‘park and ride’ train with its breath-taking sea views of Carbis Bay and Porthminster. The trains set off on the scenic 10-minute journey twice an hour during the day. The train runs 7 days a week, all year round. St Ives Station car park (106 spaces) overlooks Porthminster Beach, a 5-10 minute walk into town.
Visiting the Tate? Barnoon (124 spaces) is close to Tate St Ives and the town but has steps to get down. It costs £8.70 for 24 hours.