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Local things to do and see

TIPS FOR YOUR STAY

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BOATING

You can find out the boat times a day in advance on the facebook group - St Mary's Boating Association.

Swimming in Bikini

SEA SWIMMING

At high tide every beach is great for swimming! Just watch for jelly fish towards the end of the summer.

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DINNER

There's a limited amount of restaurants on St Mary's so we advise to book as far in adance as possible.

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DOG BEACHES

We love dogs here on Scilly but please note Porthmellon, Porthcressa and Old Town Bay are not dog friendly during the summer months.

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SUNSETS

The best place to see the sunset is the West side of the island - we recommend The Garrison or Porthmellon

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WEATHER

Always be prepared for all weather on Scilly, it can change at the drop of a hat!

PLACES TO SEE

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ABBEY GARDENS

Tresco

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exception; a perennial Kew without the glass, home to 20,000 plants from more than 80 countries

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SHOPPING

Hugh Street

Our main shopping street is Hugh Street where you'll find our local pubs, shops and cafes.

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ENGLISH HERITAGE SITES

Tresco

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exception; a perennial Kew without the glass, home to 20,000 plants from more than 80 countries

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BOATING

St Mary's Harbour

There's daily boating to the other inhabited and uninhabited islands.

Top fact! There's sea safari and 3 island trips available.

BOATING

There are a variety of day trips and boating excursions available from St Mary's Harbour

ST MARY'S BOATMEN'S ASSOCIATION

St Mary's Boatmen's Association have daily trips to the off islands including sea safaris. Times are posted daily in town or on their facebook page. Boats usually depart between 9:45 and 10:15, returning around 2 and 4:30. You can purchase tickets directly from the ticket booth on the quay.

TRESCO BOATING

Private boating primarily to Tresco & Bryher. 01720 423 373

FALCON and RAPTOR BOATING

Private boating to off islands and the mainland. 07841 368987

ENDEAVOUR SERVICE

The fastest passenger boat on the islands, offering sea safari trips to see all types of wildlife. 01720 422060

CALYPSO BOATING

A pleasure boating seating 12 people offering two island trips daily. 07470 307575

OFF ISLANDS

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TRESCO

Tresco is home to the amazing Abbey Gardens; a world-renowned, 19th century garden that's home to an abundance of sub-tropical plants. Privately owned, it boasts a luxury spa and many other amenities.

Places to Shop

  • Tresco Stores

  • Lucy Tania

  • Tresco Gallery

Things to Do

  • Tresco Spa

  • Abbey Gardens

  • Low Tide Experience

Places to Eat

  • Ruin Cafe

  • The New Inn

  • The Flying Boat Club

  • Abbey Gardens Cafe

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BRYHER

A stones throw away is Bryher; a smaller island with a more rustic twist however it has the same luxury touches as Tresco. On a low tide you can walk between Bryher & Tresco.

Places to Shop

  • Bryher Shop

  • Bryher Jasmine

  • Veronica Farm Fudge

  • Scilly Chilli

  • Scilly Succulents

Things to Do

  • Hut 62 Watersports

  • Bryher Boatyard

Places to Eat

  • Fraggle Rock

  • Hellbay Hotel

  • Olivias Kitchen

  • Crab Shack

  • Bryher Bakebox

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ST MARTINS

The home to carribean like beaches; there isn't an area of St Martins that doesn't come with a view. Filled with local makers and a pub with one of the most spectacular views in the UK. And don't forget you can get the amazing opportunity to swim with seals here!

Places to Shop

  • Faye Page

  • Middletown Barn

  • (Ingart & Thrown by Ty)

  • Tamarisk Gallery

  • SC Salt

  • SC Dogs Rum

Things to Do

  • St Martins Vineyard

  • Scilly Seal Snorkelling

  • Scilly Billy

  • Community Observatory

Places to Eat

  • Karma St Martins

  • Adam's Fish & Chips

  • Little Arthurs Cafe

  • Polreath Tea Room

  • Sevenstones Inn

  • Island Bakery

  • St Martins Store

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ST AGNES

The most rugged and untouched of all the islands; it's home to the famous Turks Head and amazing Troytown ice cream. You can explore the neighbouring island of Gugh which is only accessible at low tide.

Places to Shop

  • St Agnes Stores

  • Westward Farm Gin W

  • ood Tattoos

  • Twisted Bobbins

Things to Do

Pot Bouys Gallery

Lou Simmonds Pottery

Places to Eat

  • Coastguards Cafe

  • Covean Cottage Cafe

  • St Agnes Stores

  • The Turks Head

  • Troytown Farm Shop

GETTING AROUND AND PARKING

There are a variety of ways to get around the local town, including areas you can walk to, as well as public transport options such as buses

PARKING GUIDELINES

When hiring a golf buggy please adhere to mainland parking rules. Please don't park on yellow lines and pay attention to any one way signs especially at the end of town by the quay. When driving please allow cars to overtake safely. You can hire a golf cart at Scilly Cart Co. located in the industrial estate. Contact number - 01720 422121.

WALKING

Scilly has an abundance of walking trails. Please have a look at the map provided to pick your favourite or spend the day walking the whole island!

BUS

We have a local bus that picks up and drops off at various stops over St Mary's

TAXIS

There are 2 local taxi companies for getting around.

DJ Cabs - 01720 423775

Toots Taxis - 01720 422142

BIKE HIRE

St Mary's bike hire is located on the Strand. Contact number - 07552 994709

COFFEE SHOPS

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HUGH STREET CAFE

Hugh Street, Hugh Town

Full to the brim of fresh produce. Pop in for your morning coffee and stay for the extensive deli and plastic free shopping. It's also home to weekend wine and cheese nights.

Call: 01720 422734

Website: www.hughstreetcafe.co.uk

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THE LOOKOUT

The Watchhouse, Hugh Town

Lunch with a view. This small cafe is the perfect place to hide away on a rainy day. Lots of home baked goods and hot beverages on offer.

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CARN VEAN

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Located on the other side of the island, Carn Vean is the perfect place to stop for a spot of lunch.

Call: 01720 423458

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LONGSTONE LODGE

Longstone

The perfect family friendly cafe. Located in extensive grounds with an outdoor play area. Not to mention the great lunches on offer and occasional lobster nights.

Call: 01720 422410

longstonelodge@yahoo.com

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OLD TOWN CAFE

St Mary's Harbour

Located by Old Town bay, this little cafe is the perfect place to stop for ice cream or a Cornish cream tea.

Call: 01720 422045

Places to drink

PLACES TO EAT

AIRPORT CAFE

Breakfast/Lunch

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BONDY'S CAFE 

Lunch/Dinner

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GOLF CLUB - CLUBHOUSE

Breakfast/Lunch

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JULIET'S GARDEN

Lunch/Dinner

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THE LOOKOUT

Lunch

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OLD TOWN INN 

Lunch/Dinner

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THE SCILLONIAN CLUB

Lunch/Dinner

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BECKY'S SCILLY CAKES

Cakes

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THE GALLEY

Dinner Takeaway

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ATLANTIC INN 

Lunch/Dinner

CARN VEAN

Lunch/Afternoon Tea

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THE HALL

Breakfast/Lunch

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KAVORNA CAFE

Breakfast/Lunch

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THE MERMAID INN

Lunch/Dinner

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ON THE QUAY

Lunch/Dinner

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STAR CASTLE HOTEL

Dinner

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POM THAI TAKEAWAY

Dinner Takeaway

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THE BAKERY SHOP KITCHEN

Lunch/Dinner Takeaway

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THE BEACH

Lunch/Dinner

DIBBLE & GRUB

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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AIRPORT CAFE

Breakfast/Lunch

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LONGSTONE CAFE

Lunch

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OLD TOWN CAFE

Lunch/Afternoon tea

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SCHOONERS HOTEL

Dinner

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TANGLEWOOD KITCHEN

Dinner/Takeaway

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SCILLY FISH

Lunch/Dinner Takeaway

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PILOTS GIG

Dinner/Takeaway

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