St Ives is a beautiful historic riverside market town in Huntingdonshire close to both Cambridge and just east of Huntingdon. Boat trips on the River Great Ouse are available from the idyllic St Ives Quayside and stunning riverside walks are via a footpath following the route of the Great Ouse from St Ives. St Ives Marina is a popular gateway into the Cambridgeshire Waterways network and boating holidays. Local attractions include the Raptor Foundation, a rescue bird of prey centre open to the public and featuring interactive flight demonstrations.
St Ives accommodation includes character historic hotels and traditional B&B inns serving fine pub food and real ales. Visitors keen on fishing will want to visit the St Ives Lakes, a prime fishing hotspot in Cambridgeshire situated near St Ives centre.
Beautiful St Ives just north west of Cambridge and just east of Huntingdon is idyllically situated alongside the River Great Ouse and is a riverside historic market town gem in Huntingdonshire. The River Great Ouse has a dominating presence in the town and you can take boat trips from St Ives Quay with the Electric Riverboat Co.
St Ives marina sits just outside the historic market town centre and is ideally positioned centrally on the Great Ouse and Cambridgeshire Waterways network. The Great Ouse is navigable from Bedford in its far upper reaches and from St Ives you can cruise to Cambridge and Ely. Boating holidays in the area are popular. Find narrowboat hire and boat trips in St Ives listed here on iknow East Anglia.
The St Ives Regatta usually takes place annually in mid-July on the River Great Ouse and features family entertainment and a traditional rowing regatta. St Ives has strong historic links with rowing.
Attractions in St Ives include the famous St Ives market day held weekly on Mondays. Special summer bank holiday markets are big market day events in St Ives. The town dates from the Saxon period and has a history of fairs and markets. The annual St Ives Fair was once one of the biggest fairs in Europe prior to the Black death.
Just north of St Ives at Woodhurst is The Raptor Foundation, a rescue centre open to the public which is home to over 200 birds of prey - around 40 different species from a variety of Buzzards to Hawks, Kites, Kestrel, Eagels and Barn Owls. Flight demonstrations feature in the visitor experience here which often involve visitors. Open daily 10am until 5pm (dusk during winter months).
Superb riverside walks from St Ives via a footpath alongside the River Great Ouse link to pretty riverside villages and towns including St Neots, Godmanchester and Houghton. This stretch of the Great Ouse is particularly popular for boating holidays in the summer months.
Close to St Ives are a selection of top fishing lakes including The Ivo, The Lagoon and Meadow Lake. Tench, carp, bream and other fish in the St Ives Lakes making this a top angling area. Find out more via the St Ives Lakes website.
The choice of fine real ale St Ives pubs and inns is excellent. Many St Ives pubs are historic coaching inns and traditional ale houses serving delicious real ales like Suffolk Green King. Find St Ives real ale pubs and inns listed here on iknow East Anglia
Accommodation in St Ives features beautiful riverside inn B&Bs, St Ives historic hotels and you'll also find B&B guesthouse accommodation in local St Ives attractions like the Raptor Foundation. Browse St Ives B&Bs, inns and historic hotels listed here on iknow East Anglia.
All Saints Parish Church image contributed by David Bartlett. River Great Ouse image contributed by Gordon Brown. Medieval bridge image contributed by David Williams. All images are copyrighted but licensed for further reuse under the Creative Commons License.