St Nicholas Chapel St Ives Cornwall

St Nicholas Chapel, The Island, St Ives Cornwall

St Nicholas Chapel - The Island Chapel

St Nicholas Chapel sits on top of The Island in St Ives overlooking the bay, beaches and out to the rolling Atlantic.

St Nicholas Chapel The Island St Ives Cornwall

It is in a stunning spot and well worth a hike up the hill to look at the view!

The View From St Nicholas Chapel St Ives Cornwall

 It is a tiny little chapel that can fit about 10 people inside.

St Nicholas Chapel St Ives Cornwall

 You can get inside the chapel to have a look. It is only open at specific times and these ones are the current ones for 2024.

St Nicholas Chapel Opening Times

A quick glimpse is tiny!

Inside St Nicholas Chapel St Ives Cornwall


A Bit Of History

It is not known exactly when the original structure was built but it is thought that something stood there pre 1434, when the church of St Eia (the parish church) was built in town.

St Nicholas is the patrol saint of sailors, so it is easy to see why the chapel got its name, although it is often called The Island Chapel too.

View From Behind St Nicholas Chapel Looking Out To Sea St Ives Cornwall

What The Chapel Is Used For?

The chapel has had various uses over time, as well as a place of worship. Revenue officers used it has a lookout spot in the 18th century (on the lookout for smugglers!), and later it was used by the war office who almost demolished it! The chapel was restored in 1911 by Sir Edward Hain (the big St Ives ship owner of the time), and then later in 1971.

St Nicholas Chapel Plaque St Ives Cornwall


These days you can walk up there to visit it and pop inside when the doors are open. You can also hire it for blessings. Whilst you cannot legally get married in the chapel, you can get your marriage blessed there. It is quite usual for people to get married legally in The Guildhall in St Ives and then have a ceremony afterwards at the chapel. If you like the sound of that, you need to contact St Ives Town Council for all the details.

St Nicholas Chapel Back View St Ives Cornwall

The Great St Ives Pasty Dash Game

Because St Nicholas' Chapel is such an iconic image of St Ives, it is of course included in our game, The Great St Ives Pasty Dash!

St Nicholas Chapel Is On The Great St Ives Pasty Dash Game



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How To Get To St Nicholas' Chapel

The nearest car park is The Island Long Stay council car park which sits at the bottom of The Island. The postcode for this is TR26 1SY.

From here you can follow the path up to the top where the chapel sits. It is not easy access as the ground up to the chapel is a bit uneven.

The nearest toilets are at the car park and there is a cafe on Porthgwidden Beach. For more shops you will need to walk 5 minutes into the harbour.

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